Joseph Jolly

House, Sign And Ornamental Painter, Decorator

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Paddington 1871 1872
Alderman Newtown 1885 1897
Mayor Newtown 1889 1889
  • Alderman Joseph Jolly, Mayor of Newtown in 1890 (Jubilee Souvenir of the Municipality of Newtown, 1862-1912)

Family background

Joseph Nicholson (or Nicholas) Jolly was born on 17 May 1843. He married Mary Ann Scanlon in 1864 and they lived in Wilson Street Newtown by 1874. He and his wife were living at 3 Augustus Street, Enmore at the time of his death from nephritis at the age of 55 on 18 April 1897. He was survived by his wife Mary Ann, sons and daughters.

Occupation & interests

Jolly was a Master Painter. He worked as a painter in Regent Street Paddington in the early 1870s. He was in business with fellow Newtown alderman Charles Lane until 1878 when they dissolved the partnership. Their business was at Central House on King Street. Jolly was declared bankrupt in 1892, due to sickness. His debt was discharged in 1893.

Local government service

Joseph Jolly was an alderman on Paddington Council in 1871-72. He was an alderman on Newtown Council in 1885-97, representing Kingston Ward. He was mayor in 1889.


‘Biographies of the Early Aldermen’, Newtown Project website:

‘Advertising’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 March 1878, p. 1

‘Our Metropolitan Suburbs: Newtown’, Illustrated Sydney News, 27 June 1889, p. 18,

‘Bankruptcy Court’, The Sydney Mail and NSW Advertiser, 7 May 1892, p. 1074

The information about this alderman was compiled in collaboration with Woollahra Library and Information Service.


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