Michael Madden

Publican, Council Clerk, Sanitary Inspector

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman Alexandria 1878 1881
  • Alexandria Town Hall in 1943 (Alexandria, 'the Birmingham of Australia': 75 years of progress, 1868-1943, published by Alexandria Municipal Council, 1943).

Family background

Michael Joseph Madden was born c1855 in County Clare, Ireland, the son of Patrick Madden and Catherine Cairns. He immigrated to Australia with his parents at the age of 8 years. Madden married Elizabeth Dorman (1855-1936) on 17 April 1876 at Sydney, NSW, and they had four sons and three daughters. Madden died at Alexandria on 24 April 1906, aged 50 years; he was buried at Waverley Cemetery in the Catholic section. He left no Will. Michael Madden lived on the corner of Buckland and Garden Streets, Alexandria.

Occupation & interests

For a number of years Madden was a licensed victualler, and in 1890 he was appointed council clerk of Alexandria, and at the council meetings his worth as an officer was borne testimony to by the alderman.

Community activity

Michael Madden was a prominent member of the congregation of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Local government service

Michael Madden was an alderman on Alexandria Council 1878-81. He was connected with the boroughs of Waterloo, Redfern, North Botany and Botany as a valuator, and in some of the municipalities, he acted as a sanitary inspector.


‘Borough of Alexandria’, NSW Government Gazette, 27 August 1878, p. 3395. https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/223111602

‘Fighting the plague’, The Australian Star, 16 April 1902, p. 6, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article229074731

‘Mr. Michael Joseph Madden’, The Catholic Press, 26 April 1906, p. 11, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article104908083


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