John Black became a Barrabool Shire councillor in 1903, a position he held for 10½ years. In 1915 after he sold his property he was forced to resign. A luncheon was held at the Moriac Hotel where councillors expressed their regret at losing such a splendid worker whose position would be very hard to fill. It was not long before he joined the Winchelsea council.
In 1920 he was selected as the Farmers' Union candidate for Polwarth at the next State election. The same year he was welcomed as a new member of the Geelong Agricultural Society.
On 30 August the same year his wife, Jane, died after a lingering illness. There was a large attendance, including many representative citizens, at the funeral which took place two days later at Winchelsea.
In 1922 he attended a conference of public bodies opposed to the elimination of the Federal electorate of Corangamite which was held at Mortlake. by now he was shire president.
In 1923 he was elected as a South Barwon councillor for the Kardinia riding, serving until 1927.
He was a committee member for the Belmont Recreation Reserve. In 1928 he was appointed electoral registrar for the Barrabool division of the South Western Province.
He died on 29 November 1934 aged 69 years and was buried at the Winchelsea Cemetery.
He subsequently married Cath, née Rutledge, the widow on Alex Johnston.
Florence Henrietta Johnston, step-daughter of Cr John Black of Roslyn Road Belmont who won the queen competition held on 20 July 1926 in aid of St Stephen's Parish Hall, Church of England Belmont
Train bearers: Joan Clemenger, Joan Smith and Jackie Clemenger — from Geelong Advertiser 22 September 1926
Children of John and Jane:
William John — born in 1890 at Bellarine East
Francis James — born in 1893 at Bellarine East
Edward Ernest — born in 1895 at Portarlington, died in 1954 aged 54 at Brighton Beach
Sydney Gilmore — born in 1897 at Modewarre, died in 1944 aged 46 at Winchelsea
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