John Joseph Rose


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Erskineville 1938 1941
Mayor Erskineville 1939 1939
  • Council of the Municipality of Erskineville Sign, no date (City of Sydney Archives Collection)

Family background

John Joseph Rose was possibly born at Petersham in 1902, to Frederick and Kathleen Rose. He appears to be the same man who died on 18 July 1968, at Flat 3, Number 3 Beaumont Street, Maroubra. That same person married Elva Hands Willis in Sydney in 1951, acquiring Carole Patricia Willis as a stepdaughter. It was about this time that he signed a will, on 29 June 1951.

Parliamentary service

In 1939, it was reported that John Joseph Rose was likely to gain pre-selection for the Labor Party for the seat of Barton in the 1940 federal election. The seat was won by Herbert Vere Evatt.

Local government service

John Rose was an alderman on Erskineville Council in 1938-41. He was mayor in 1939. He was disqualified for not living in the area in September 1941. Rose was a strong advocate for a scheme of free immunisation for the children of the municipality in 1939-40.


State Archives NSW, NRS 13660, Supreme Court, Probate Packet, Series 4 No 659781

Barton ALP Ballot’, Newcastle Morning Herald, 29 March 1939, p. 8,

‘Immunisation Plans in Erskineville’, Sun, 30 May 1939, p. 7,

‘Free Immunisation’, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 March 1940, p. 13,

‘Federal ALP Candidates’, Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate, 29 August 1940, p. 8,



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