Joseph Cunningham

Railway Employee

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1914 1914
  • 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 Worthington Cunningham was born on 6 November 1856 at Newnham, Tasmania, the son of Peter Duncan Cunningham and Margaret Worthington. He married Fanny Butterworth on the 9 April 1879 at Newcastle, NSW, and they had four daughters. Cunningham died at Redfern, NSW, on the 26 May 1914, aged 58 years; he was buried in the Congregational Section at Rookwood Cemetery. He left a Will and his estate and assets were assessed at £203. Cunningham lived at Belmont Street, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

Cunningham was described as a genuine Unionist and Amalgamator. He won the confidence of his Friendly Society, the Labour League who elected him to its highest post.

Community activity

Joseph Cunningham was commissioned as a Justice of the Peace (JP) in 1913.

Local government service

Joseph Cunningham was an alderman on Alexandria Council in 1914, representing the South Ward. He died in office on 26 May 1914.


‘The Polling’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 2 February 1914, p. 10,

‘Sydney No. 1’, Co-operator, 18 June 1914, p. 2,

‘The Cunningham Memorial’, Co-operator, 20 May 1915, p. 4,


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