East Fremantle was originally established on 2 April 1897 as a municipality with a mayor and councillors under the Municipal Institutions Act 1876. With the passage of the Local Government Act 1960, all municipalities became Towns effective 1 July 1961.
Before becoming a municipality, East Fremantle, like the Melville Road Board district, formed part of the Fremantle Road Board. It was anxious to become incorporated with the Fremantle municipality, but as overtures in that direction were repeatedly rejected by Fremantle, it constituted itself a separate municipality in 1897. Prior to becoming a municipality, East Fremantle possessed a separate Board of Health acting independently of the Fremantle Road Board. That was formed to enable the residents to cope with the nuisance arising from the old slaughterhouse which was located in the centre of Plympton. Hitchcock: 94.
Jim O'Neill (Mayor) Andrew McPhail (Richmond Ward) Tony Watkins (Woodside Ward) Jenny Harrington (Plympton Ward) Michael McPhail (Preston Point Ward)
Preston Point Ward
Matthew Moss 1897–1900
Francis McDonald 1900–1901 (or 1903?)
William Angwin 1903–1906
S. Thomson 1906–1909
Joseph Francis Allen 1909–1914
Leonard Burlington Bolton 1914–1919
Harry Woodhouse 1919–1924
Herbert John Locke 1924–1931
Joseph Francis Allen 1931–1933, died in office 23 May 1933
John Munro 1933–1934, elected at an extraordinary election 14 June 1933
Herbert John Locke 1934–1944
William Wauhop (1887-1971, MBE) 1944–1961
William Wauhop 1961–1964
Victor Ulrich 1964–1974
Ian Gilbert Handcock 1974–1991
Andrew Bruce Smith 1991–1994
Timothy Martin Smith 1994–1997
Andrew Bruce Smith 1997–2001
Jim O'Neill 2001–2007
Alan Ferris 2007–2013
Jim O'Neill 2013-
This was thought to be a photograph of the East Fremantle Municipal Council in 1946: and the Fremantle History Centre has requested information about it. If it were, that should be chairman William Wauhop front and centre. But Wauhop is not in the photo at all. Compare the group photos above. Wauhop was Mayor for twenty-one years, 1944-1964. This cannot be a photo of the EFC, unless it's after 1964, and the gents are dressed for earlier than that.
Battye, JS 1924, Western Australia: A History from its Discovery to the Inauguration of the Commonwealth, Clarendon Press, Oxford.
Ewers, John K. 1971, The Western Gateway: A History of Fremantle, Fremantle City Council, with UWAP, rev. ed. [1st ed. 1948].
Hitchcock, JK 1929, The History of Fremantle, The Front Gate of Australia 1829-1929, Fremantle City Council.
Lee, Jack 1979, This is East Fremantle (The story of a town and its people), East Fremantle Town Council. Photo from 1936, 1946, 1963, and 1966 above are from Lee's book.
Current membership of EF Town Council (on their site)
East Fremantle in Fremantle Stuff (this site)
Fremantle Stuff Chronology
Wikipedia List of Governors of Western Australia
Wikipedia List of Mayors of Fremantle
Wikipedia List of Mayors of East Fremantle
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