Alexander Kethel

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Alexander Kethel (2 November 1832 – 23 June 1916) was a Scottish-born Australian politician.

He was born in Perth to carpenter William Kethel and Mary Watson. After a limited education, he was apprenticed to a shoemaker and then went to sea, travelling in the North Sea and the Mediterranean before arriving in Sydney. Here he worked as a timber merchant and eventually a ship owner. In 1861 he married Mary Ann Yeates; they had seven children. A Free Trader, he was elected to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly in 1885 for West Sydney. Re-elected in 1887, he did not re-contest in 1889. In 1895 he was appointed to the New South Wales Legislative Council, where he remained until his death at Castle Hill in 1916.[1]


  1. ^ "Mr Alexander Kethel (1832 - 1916)". Former Members. Parliament of New South Wales. 2008. Archived from the original on 6 July 2015. Retrieved 6 July 2015.
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Angus Cameron
George Merriman
Member for West Sydney
Served alongside: Abigail, O'Connor, Young/Merriman
Succeeded by
Alfred Lamb
Thomas Playfair