Saturday, January 25, 2014

Defining Parramattas

That list of Lord Mayors is unreliable as there was so many second terms in office that it suited the post better to mention them only once. So misleading is this that the two lady Lord Mayors did not serve consecutive terms as they do here.

Wollongong's list has yet to appear. There is a partial one that comes in at some point in the twentieth century but I'm having to do real research to see who was around in 1859.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Parramatta's after all

[thanks to parababble]


Thomas Wheaton Bowden
Hugh Taylor
Samuel Burge
Charles Joseph Byrnes
Frederick Charles Cox
Joseph Smith
Charles Joseph Byrnes
Frank Beames
William John Ferris

Over the next century there were repeat mayors such as Byrnes (Charles not James) and Beames, William Peter Noller (1901, 1903-06, 1907-08), Arthur Henry Collett (1912, 1927-30) and Eric Arthur Mobbs (1949-53, 1959)

Lord Mayor

Alan Hyam (incumbent mayor)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Leaving bad luck behind me (bye '13)

The year two thousand and thirteen was a bad year at work. It was the year that Nelson Mandela and Lou Reed died. Syria would have thought it a year of bad luck as they continued to kill each other.

Triumphalist Labor voters who thought their Party had done enough positive spadework to ward off the efforts of the yellow press were proven wrong much to wide dismay.

So we had nine months of good government at least.

The gossip was ghastly and the reality stars and celebrities who seemed to be so solely on the strength of their being horrible, took a disproportionate amount of the wealth.

Some memorable series came to an end. Television is now paradoxically at its zenith and its nadir.

Though there were some harrowing events - and this is typical of recent years with their count of natural disasters and homegrown tragedy - there were many wonderful events and much satisfaction. '13 was far from being a write-off.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Doesn't Parramatta?

Wikipedia updaters, there is no list of Parramatta mayors, despite it being only one of three cities aside from the capitals that has transitioned to a Lord Mayor.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Newcastle street song


RD Bishop
James Hannell
James Hannell
David Ludlow
George Wallace
Samuel Chapman
Joseph Creer
Thomas Brooks
William Laing
Stewart Keightley
CW Morgan
John Thorn

and there are forty more sans-lord mayors so I'm not going to list them all here.

WJ Ellis was mayor at the time of federation, if that counts for anything. "Repeat mayors" were John Christian Reid (1909-10, 1914), Robert George Kilgour (1915,1918-19,1921,1924,1934), Robert Gibson (1920,1927-28) and Henry Cornish (1922-23, 1926).

Lord Mayor

Harry Quinlan
Frank Purdue
Tom Armstrong
Frank Purdue
Douglas McDougall
Charles Jones
 Douglas McDougall
Ernest Dunkley
Frank Purdue
Douglas McDougall
Gordon Anderson
Joy Cummings
Gordon Anderson
Joy Cummings
John McNaughton
Greg Heys
John Tate
Jeff McCloy

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Mayor's tales

The truth is that there is interaction, even an interconnectedness, between local government and counterparts at state and federal level. Canberra itself may have to make do with honorary mayors but it plays host to Lord Mayors and their vanity through patronage at the Commonwealth level.

In recognition of the fact that Newcastle was New South Wales' second largest and oldest city, council applied to have a Lord Mayor, which was granted by King George VI

Newcastle became the first city that was not a capital to have a Lord Mayor. I'll post a Newcastle ale soon but with selective hyperlinks since there are rather a lot of them when you count the mayors  up to 1947.

The other cities with Lord Mayors are Wollongong and Parramatta.

Wednesday, January 01, 2014



Vaiben Louis Solomon 1874
Robert Toupein
Jack Harvey Burton
John Lyons
Lucius Richardson
Harry Chan
Harold "Tiger" Brennan
Ella Stack

Lord Mayor

Ella Stack
Cecil Black
Alec Fong Lim
Alan Markham
George Brown
Peter Adamson
Garry Lambert
Graeme Sawyer
Katrina Fong Lim