Alexander Edward, eldest child of Alexander Bishop and Charlotte Selina (née Mortimer) Butler was born on 12 July 1828 in London. He arrived in Tasmania with his family in 1837. He arrived in Victoria in the early 1850s. He married Eliza, daughter of Elias Helyar on 8 April in1852 in Melbourne. They had the following children:
Selina Mortimer — born on 6 January 1854, died aged 8 months
Eliza Selina — born in 1854
Charles Edward — born in 1857, died the same year at Boroondara
Annie Mortimer — born on 27 June 1862 at Glenlee farm at Jan Juc (Bellbrae)
Edward William Alfred — born on 14 February 1864 at Glenlee farm, married Jessie Hilda Burke in 1886 in Melbourne, married Lilian Blanche McLean on 29 December 1897 at 65 Fitzroy Street, Surrey Hills, married Mary Elizabeth Gavin on 27 September 1911 at St Patrick's Catholic Church at Church Hill in Sydney, died on 8 August in 1928 of Myocarditis at St Vincent's Hospital aged 64 years
Charles Spilsbury — born on 18 August 1865 at Glenlee farm, died in 1876
Hubert Philip — born on 17 December 1866 at Glenlee farm
Frederick Alexander — born on 9 February 1870 at Belgrove Cottage in Hull street in Richmond
Charlotte — born on 20 April 1873 at Belgrove Cottage, died the same year
Percy Cedric — born on 27 September 1874 at Belgrove Cottage
By 1858 he had taken up a selection at Jan Juc (now Bellbrae). His brother-in-law, George Helyer, had acquired 125½ acres to the east the previous year. George married Charlotte Ann Hockey. Both Alex and George played cricket for Jan Juc. Both were appointed trustees of the Jan Juc Cemetery in 1864, together with Joseph Gundry, Andrew Edwards and John Woods. In 1866 Alex stood as a contestant against David Hill Dow to became a Barrabool Shire councillor. He served from 1866 until 1867. He had contested the election the previous year against Dr Richard Heath of Mount Duneed, William Bell of Jan Juc and John McKenzie of Freshwater Creek but was unsuccessful.
In 1868 Alexander started working for the City of Richmond. In 1892 he resigned as treasurer of the city.
He moved to Sydney in 1893 and established the firm of Butler & Sons which he carried on until his death.
Alex died aged 71 of liver cancer on 18 December 1899 at his home, 9 Glenmore Road, Paddington, He was buried at Waverley cemetery the following day. He was survived by his widow, four sons and two daughters.
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