Biographies of the Early Aldermen

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William Cox JP.

Mayor in 1897, Alderman 1889 to at least 1901, and 1905-1911.

Christopher and William Cox tendered to Council in 1863 for kerbing and guttering. William lived in Maria Street (now Darley Street) in 1883 and later in Wells Street.

A William Cox married Alice Lispscomb in Newtown in 1876. He was listed as a produce merchant but tendered to Council for kerbing and guttering in 1880 (six shillings per yard) and in 1883 (for nine shillings and seven pence per yard). It was cheaper than the two rival tenderers.

He was brought onto the Council to represent Camden Ward, in October 1889 on the death of Jeremiah O’Connell. In 1891 he moved that the municipal footpaths be paved in brick rather than asphalt tar paving, and that concrete rather than stone be used for guttering.

There is a note that needs to be investigated that William Cox and Theodore Jacques, solicitor and Registrar General, were big landowners in Balmain.

In February 1895 he nominated Alderman Morgan as Mayor and in September 1896 Ald. Morgan returned the offer. There were equal votes for Cox and for Jim Smith in the 1897 mayoral election. Lots were drawn, and William Cox was Mayor that year.

Noteworthy events of his year in office were: shop-owner C. G. Hatte paying for an ornamental fountain at Newtown bridge; and the suicide of Percy Deacon who had been charged with embezzlement after six years of service with the Council.

William Cox resigned from the Works Committee in June 1898. He nominated the manager of the New Steam Brick Works, Elias James Harber, to Council in the 1901 election. He continued to serve as an alderman for much of the coming decade.

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