Ronald Alexander Maxwell

Trade Unionist

Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman City of Sydney 1953 1956

Family background

Ronald Alexander Maxwell was born in Balmain North, NSW, in 1908, son of Percival G and Eveline M Maxwell. His wife’s name was Pat and they had two daughters Carolyn and Joanne. Ron Maxwell died on 27 October 1982. His funeral took place at the Eastern Suburbs Crematorium.

Occupation & interests

Ron Maxwell was a wharf labourer who became an active executive member of the Wharf Labourers’ Union. He was a member of the North Bondi RSL.

Local government service

Ron Maxwell was Alderman for City Ward, 5 December 1953 to 30 November 1956. He was a member of the Works Committee and the Health and Recreations Committee, 1954-56. Together with Thomas Wright, he was one of the first two Communists elected to the Council.


City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files

‘Communists leading people in rent fight’, Tribune, 27 January 1954, p. 12,

‘Good job by Aid. Maxwell’, Tribune 31 March 1954, p. 11,

‘Why not start with waterfront, Ald. Cockle?’, Tribune, 4 July 1956, p. 5,

‘Three years of Civic service’, Tribune, 24 October 1956, p. 6,

Lockwood, Rupert Humour is their weapon: laugh with the Australian wharfies. Ellsyd Press, Sydney, 1985, pp. 57-63.


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