John Turner

Brickmaker, Iron Founder

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1877 1878
Alderman Alexandria 1886 1893
Alderman Alexandria 1896 1897
Mayor Alexandria 1890 1890
  • 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 Turner married Hannah Maria Goodger on 20 March 1875 at St Lukes Church, Sydney, and they had a daughter. They divorced in 1893. Turner died on 6 November 1897 at Alexandria, NSW. He left no Will. In 1890 John Turner lived at 165 Henderson Road, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

John Turner had an iron foundry at 159-63 Henderson Road, Alexandria. He was a Protectionist and was a significant employer of local labour at Alexandria foundry.

Community activity

Turner was involved with the Redfern branch of the Protection Union.

Local government service

John Turner was an alderman on Alexandria Council for three terms representing the West Ward: 1877-78, 1886-93 and 1896 until he resigned mid-term in May 1897. He served as mayor in 1890.


‘Borough Council Elections’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 1877, p. 3


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