Reginald Norman Cope was born in 1894, the third son of George Eugene Cope and his wife Martha Allingham Ellem (1870-1951). In 1919 he married Ruth R Jones at Sydney. He died on 16 March 1960 at Newtown.
Occupation & interests
Reg Cope was a resident of the inner-Sydney suburb of Redfern for most of his life.
Reg Cope was a strong supporter of the Sporting Bodies and Aged Citizens of Redfern. On 20 June 1960, a welfare centre for aged persons at 55 Pitt Street was renamed the Reginald Cope Welfare Centre in appreciation of his work for aged persons in the Redfern district.
Local government service
Reginald Cope was a member of Redfern Council in 1945-48. On the City of Sydney Council, he was alderman for Redfern, 2 December 1950 to 30 November 1956; for the City Ward, 5 December 1953 to 4 December 1959; and for Northcott Ward, 5 December 1959 to 16 March 1960. He was a member of the Works Committee, 1951-60; the Health and Recreation Committee, 1951-60 and its vice-Chairman between 1957 and 1960. His brother James Cope was an alderman on Redfern Council in 1948.
City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files; Photo; NSCA CRS 48/6236
To commemorate the honour of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, 1954, City of Sydney Archives, LIB-00018376, accessed 03 Mar 2022, https://archives.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/nodes/view/1879387