Joseph Kingsbury

Doctor, Veterinarian, Church Leader

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Newtown 1863 1871
Mayor Newtown 1864 1864
Mayor Newtown 1870 1870
  • Dr Joseph Kingsbury, Mayor of Newtown in 1864 and 1870 (Jubilee Souvenir of the Municipality of Newtown, 1862-1912)

Family background

Joseph Kingsbury lived and died at 26 Francis Street, Enmore. He had been born in Somersetshire, England. He and his wife Sarah (d. 1893) came to Australia in 1838 and moved to Enmore in about 1845. He and Sarah had three sons, James (also a doctor in Newtown), Joseph and John (both drapers), and a daughter, Jane Hodgson.

Occupation & interests

Kingsbury trained as a vet, apprenticed to his father in Somerset, before setting up his own practice. He later qualified as a medical doctor and practised both in Newtown.

Community activity

Kingsbury was one of the founders of the Enmore Church of Christ. A former Wesleyan, he was baptised in the Cooks River in 1853 and meetings were held at his house in Enmore until 1867 when a chapel was built on King Street. Under his leadership the congregation continued to meet there until 1886 when the Tabernacle at Enmore was built. He was the first president of the Association of Churches of Christ (ACOC) in 1885. He was a justice of the peace (JP).

Local government service

Joseph Kingsbury was an alderman on Newtown Council in 1863-65 and 1870-71, representing Enmore Ward; he was mayor in 1864 and 1870. He was one of the first supporters of the incorporation of Newtown. As he lived on the border of the suburb, he also ran for and served on Marrickville Council at other times.


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

‘Advertising’, Empire, 10 July 1855, p. 6

‘Animal poison – infection from a diseased cow’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 August 1858, p. 6

‘Family Notices’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 April 1893, p. 1

‘Death of Dr Joseph Kingsbury’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 March 1902, p. 9

‘The late Dr Joseph Kingsbury’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 March 1902, p. 8


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