Maurice Perkins


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Darlington 1938 1948
Mayor Darlington 1946 1948

Family background

Maurice (or Morris) Perkins was born 16 June 1888 at Sydney, NSW, the son of Judah Perkins and Elizabeth Myers. He married Rachael Levy (1891-1966) 28 December 1913 at Newtown, NSW. Perkins died 13 July 1966, aged 78 years, at a private hospital in Rose Bay, NSW, and he was interred in the Jewish Section of Rookwood Cemetery. He lived at 424 King Street, Newtown.

Occupation & interests

Maurice (Morris) Perkins was a Freemason and a member of Lodge Progress No135.

Community activity

Maurice Perkins was a member of the Board of Management and the President of the Western Suburbs Synagogue. He was also president of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s Ex-Patients Association for seven years, was a life governor of that institution and also vice-president of the Newtown District Chamber of Commerce. He was vice-president of the Hospital Saturday Fund, secretary of the Darlington AIF Welfare Fund and a member of the Newtown Returned Soldiers Building committee. Perkins was a justice of the peace (JP). Perkins as Darlington Mayor told a Pensioner’s conference in May 1946 that ‘many old people at present living on pensions, pioneered Australia’s industries and deserved a better deal than they were getting’.

Local government service

Maurice (Morris) Perkins was an alderman on Darlington Council in 1938-48. He was mayor in 1946-48. He was elected to the council in April 1938 at a by-election.


‘Council By-Election’, The Sun, 24 April 1938, p. 2,

‘Civic Honour for Fine Municipal Worker’, The Hebrew Standard of Australasia, 10 January 1946, p. 4,


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