List of mayors and lord mayors of Newcastle

This is a list of mayors and lord mayors of Newcastle and its predecessors, a local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The official title of Lord Mayors while holding office is: The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Newcastle. First incorporated on 7 June 1859 as the "Municipality of Newcastle", the council became known as "The Borough of Newcastle" on 23 December 1867 following the enactment of The Municipalities Act of 1867, and on 1 April 1938 the "City of Greater Newcastle" was proclaimed. In recognition of Newcastle's role as NSW's second oldest and largest city, the council applied to have the title "Lord Mayor", which was granted in October 1947 by King George VI and applied in October 1948. This made Newcastle the first Australian city that was not a capital to receive such an honour.[1] On 1 April 1949 the official title of the council became the "City of Newcastle".[2]

Lord Mayor of Newcastle
Incumbent
Nuatali Nelmes

since 15 November 2014
StyleThe Right Worshipful Lord Mayor
AppointerNewcastle City Council
Term lengthOne year (1859–1977)
Four years (1978–date)
Inaugural holderAld. James Hannell
(Mayor)
Ald. Harry Quinlan
(Lord Mayor)
Formation7 June 1859 (as Mayor)
October 1948 (as Lord Mayor)
Websitewww.newcastle.nsw.gov.au

The current Lord Mayor of Newcastle is Nuatali Nelmes (Labor), who was elected in a by-election on 15 November 2014. The previous Lord Mayor, Councillor Jeff McCloy (Independent), elected in 2012, resigned on 17 August 2014.

Newcastle City Hall, designed by acclaimed theatre architect Henry Eli White, has been the seat of the council since 1929.

List of incumbentsEdit

Years Mayors[3]
1859–1862 James Hannell
1863–1864 R. D. Bishop
1865 J. Ward
1866 Simon Kemp
1867 W. Brooks[4]
1868–1869 James Hannell
1870 W. A. Spark
1871 James Hannell
1872–1873 Atkinson Tighe
1874–1875 E. A. White
1876 Francis Shaw
1876 David Ludlow
1877–1879 George Wallace
1880 Samuel Chapman
1881 Joseph Creer
1882 Thomas Brooks
1883 William Laing
1884 Stewart Keightley
1885 C. W. Morgan
1886 John Thorn
1887 George William Webb
1888–1889 Henry Buchanan
1890 Colin Christie
1891 William Thomas Gibb
1892 James Rogers
1893 Augustus Frederick Moore
1894 Alfred Asher
1895 William Sharp
1896 Thomas Smith
1897 David Miller
1898 William Kidd
1899 Alfred Timbury
1900 David Miller
1901 W. J. Ellis
1902–1903 William Cann
1904 John Gilbert
1905 Michael Moroney
1906–1907 Arthur James
1908 Andrew Cook
1909–1910 John Christian Reid
1911–1913 Hugh McLachlan Shedden
1914 John Christian Reid
1915 Robert George Kilgour
1916–1917 Michael Moroney
1918–1919 Robert George Kilgour
1920 Robert Gibson
1921 Robert George Kilgour
1922–1923 Henry Cornish
1924 Robert George Kilgour
1925 Morris Light
1926 Henry Cornish
1927–1928 Robert Gibson
1929 Harry Lambert Wheeler
1930 Thomas Blackall
1931–1932 Charles Parker
1933 William McGregor Shedden
1934 Robert George Kilgour
1935 Richard Christie
1936–1937 H. Fenton
1938 Arthur Griffiths[5]
1939 George Jenner
1940 James Wiggins
1941–1942 Walter Young
1943 Ernest Dunkley (Ind)
1944 – December 1946 R. Norris
December 1946 – October 1948 Harry Quinlan
Years Lord Mayors
October 1948 – December 1950 Harry Quinlan
December 1950 – December 1951 Frank Purdue (Citizens Group)
December 1951 – December 1952 Tom Armstrong (Ind)
December 1952 – December 1955 Frank Purdue (Citizens Group)
December 1955 – December 1956 Douglas McDougall (Citizens Group)
December 1956 – December 1957 Charles Jones (ALP)
December 1957 – December 1958 Douglas McDougall (Citizens Group)
December 1958 – December 1959 Ernest Dunkley (Ind)
December 1959 – December 1965 Frank Purdue (Citizens Group)
December 1965 – September 1973 Douglas McDougall (Citizens Group)
September 1973 – September 1974 Gordon Anderson (Ind)
September 1974 – September 1976 Joy Cummings (ALP)
September 1976 – September 1977 Gordon Anderson (Ind)
September 1977 – 16 April 1984 Joy Cummings (ALP)
16 April 1984 – 2 October 1984 Don Geddes (Acting; Citizens Group)[6]
2 October 1984 – 1986 Colin Saunders (Administrator)[7]
1986 – September 1995 John McNaughton (ALP)
September 1995 – September 1999 Greg Heys (ALP)
September 1999 – 8 September 2012 John Tate (Ind)
8 September 2012 – 17 August 2014 Jeff McCloy (Ind)
17 August 2014 - 15 November 2014 Brad Luke (Acting; Liberal Party)[8]
15 November 2014 – Present Nuatali Nelmes (ALP)

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Newcastle Has Its First Lord Mayor". Singleton Argus (NSW: 1880-1954). NSW: National Library of Australia. 6 October 1947. p. 1. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  2. ^ DiGravio, Gionni (30 September 2009). "Sesquicentenary of Local Government in Newcastle". Archives Outside. NSW State Archives. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Mayors, Lord Mayors, Town Clerks & General Managers 1859 - 2009" (PDF). 150 Years - Local Democracy in Newcastle 1859 - 2009. Newcastle City Council. 2009. p. 22. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  4. ^ First Mayor of Newcastle Borough Council.
  5. ^ First Mayor of Greater Newcastle Council.
  6. ^ "Newcastle council dismissed". The Canberra Times. 59 (17, 902). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 3 October 1984. p. 1. Retrieved 23 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 1919.—PROCLAMATION". Government Gazette Of The State Of New South Wales (141). New South Wales, Australia. 2 October 1984. p. 4909. Retrieved 23 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ GORDON, JASON (14 October 2014). "Luke's independent tilt for mayor". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 9 April 2018.

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