Joseph Cyril Carroll


Terms served on Council

Title Council From To
Alderman City of Sydney 1948 1953

Family background

Joseph Cyril Carroll was born on 8 November 1901 at Warrenpoint, County Down, Ireland. In 1926 at Woollahra NSW he married Gladys Murray and had six children. In 1962 he married Marjorie. He died on 27 January 1998, aged 96, at Sylvania, NSW, survived by his daughter and four sons. A Mass was held at Our Lady of the Way at Sylvania before his interment at Woronora Cemetery.

Occupation & interests

Cyril Carroll was an Irish patriot who fought on the Republican side in the Irish War of Independence from 1917 to 1922. He was imprisoned in Dublin for 10 months before leaving Ireland in 1922. He jumped ship in Sydney in 1924 and settled in suburban Sylvania. He was an apprentice engineer at Mort’s Dock in Balmain, rising to works manager and chief estimator. He supplied surgical instruments for St Vincent’s Hospital and established his own company in Pyrmont called the Anaesthetic and Portable Machine which he ran until his retirement in 1963. He was an inventive engineer and in 1925 he and Michel Maximov applied for copyright in a work entitled Letter Checking Method Puzzle. His interests were politics and horse racing. An inner city playground was named in his honour after his retirement from the Council in 1953. In 1994 he was invited to lead the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Sydney, attended by the Irish Minister for the Environment.

Local government service

Carroll was an Alderman for Phillip Ward and Municipality of Darlington, 4 December 1948 to 12 December 1953. He was a member of the Works Committee, 1949-52; the Health and Recreations Committee, 1949-52; the Finance Committee, 1953; and the City Planning and Improvements Committee, 1953.


City of Sydney Archives: Aldermen’s Files

Society of Australian Genealogists: AGCI index

Sydney Morning Herald 7 February 1998, obituary


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