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George D Jones - Mayor of Strathalbyn

Page history last edited by Robyn Lockwood 12 years, 6 months ago

George Donald Jones was born in Strathalbyn on the 21st February 1887 to George Jones and Flora Mc Donald nee McKenzie. He had an older brother George Stephen Jones born in 1876.

George Donald Jones married Florence Jessie Martha DeHane Perrey at St Luke’s Church in Adelaide on the 16th February 1909. They had 5 children

(2 girls and 3 boys), all born in Strathalbyn between 1911 and 1922.

George died suddenly in his office at Strathalbyn on the 15th June 1955, aged 68.

George Donald Jones was Mayor of the Strathalbyn Corporation in 1947 and 1948, and in to the first part of 1949.

He was a great sportsman and was a member of the Strathalbyn Rifle team in 1912 at their shoot in Murray Bridge. He was also involved with the horse racing and trotting in Strathalbyn, and was on numerous committees.

George was Secretary of the Strathalbyn Racing Club from its formation in 1922 until his sudden death in 1955. His position was taken over by Allan Durward, husband of George’s daughter, Cynthia Isabel Jones.

When the Strathalbyn Trotting Club was formed in 1938, George made land available in Milnes Road, and meetings were soon underway. They stopped during the war and resumed in 1945. George and his son Murray Leon Jones (born 26 Sept. 1915) were President and Secretary of the Trotting Club.

From the 1930’s, Mr George D Jones operated a printing works in Albyn Terrace. This was in opposition to Elliot’s who printed "The Southern Argus" in Argus House. In 1941 George’s business went in to partnership with the Elliots’, and continued to print the newspaper in Argus House in Commercial Road. By 1948 the Argus House premises were found to be too small for their requirements and the whole plant was shifted to the Albyn Terrace location, previously G.D. Jones printing Office.

A few known Committee positions were as follows:

Member of the Strathalbyn General Committee in 1933 and associated with the "Back to Strathalbyn" and "Back to School" in 1932 and 1933.

On the Committee of the opening of the Municipal Sale Yards in 1945.

Present at the unveiling of the World War Two plaque on the War Memorial on the 26th June 1949.

In July 1958, the Premier, Sir Thomas Playford, opened a new General Wing of the Hospital in the memory of the late Mr G. D. Jones who had been a Corporation Councillor for 24 years, Mayor for 2 years and Secretary of the Racing Club since its inception in 1922 until his death in 1955.

 

Peter Barclay,

October 2008

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