John Shirley


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1903 1919
Alderman Alexandria 1923 1937
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

John Shirley was born on 30 May 1861 at Berrima, NSW, the son of Thomas Shirley and his wife Mary. He married Bridget Elizabeth Murray (1863-1955) on 25 January 1887 at Sydney, NSW, and they had two sons and three daughters. John Shirley died at Darlinghurst, NSW, on 28 September 1937, aged 76 years; he was buried at Botany Cemetery. John Shirley lived in Botany Road, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

John Shirley was a carpenter with the Tramways Locomotive Branch for about 30 years, servicing and maintaining Sydney’s extensive tramway network.

Local government service

John Shirley was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1903-19 and 1923-37 representing the Beaconsfield Ward. His father Thomas was also an alderman on the council.


‘Municipal Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 February 1903, p. 7,

‘Alderman J Shirley’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 30 September 1937, p. 6,


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