Joseph Couling


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1904 1907
Alderman Alexandria 1911 1912
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

Joseph Douglas Couling was born on 26 October 1855 at Richmond, NSW, the son of Cuthbert Couling and Sarah Douglass. He married Ellen Duffell (1858-1914) on 19 October 1881 at Sydney, and they had one son. Couling died at Windsor, NSW, on 14 September 1937, aged 81 years; he was buried at the Presbyterian Cemetery Richmond. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £660. Couling lived at 89 Renwick Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

Joseph Couling was a contractor. He was a typical local alderman of his time – male, middle class, self-employed and conservative in outlook.

Local government service

Joseph Douglas Couling was an alderman on Alexandria Council for two terms, representing the West Ward: 1904-07 and 1911-12.


‘Advertising’, Evening News, 1 February 1904, p. 8,


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