Call to help fill in the missing portrait gaps

Kellie BalaamNarrogin Observer
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Narrogin Shire president Leigh Ballard holding a portrait of the first mayor of Narrogin, William Edward Carew Moss.Picture: Thomas Alexander/Narrogin Observer
Camera IconNarrogin Shire president Leigh Ballard holding a portrait of the first mayor of Narrogin, William Edward Carew Moss.Picture: Thomas Alexander/Narrogin Observer

Portraits of former Narrogin mayors, presidents and chairmen are being collected by the Shire for a new gallery showcasing council history.

The Shire is asking members of the public to search their archives for forgotten portraits.

The portraits will include members of the past Narrogin Road Board, Narrogin Municipal Council, Town of Narrogin and the Shire of Narrogin.

There have been 41 district chairs across 120 years in various municipalities.

A portrait of Narrogin’s first mayor, William Edward Carew Moss, will be hung in the gallery.
Camera IconA portrait of Narrogin’s first mayor, William Edward Carew Moss, will be hung in the gallery. Credit: Supplied

Shire of Narrogin chief executive Dale Stewart said they were on the hunt for the missing pictures.

“Surely there will be photos in family albums or shoeboxes where these photos will just turn up — we just need to ask,” Mr Stewart said.

Once all the portraits are framed, they will be placed in a gallery in the mayor’s parlour located upstairs in the Narrogin Town Hall.

In the future, every time a new Shire president is elected, the outgoing president’s portrait will join the collection.

Shire president Leigh Ballard said having his portrait in the gallery was not something he had aspired to, but it was good to see history preserved.

“I think it’s a good project to record a bit of history and it will be good to get the last of the portraits so we can have them all on display,” Mr Ballard said.

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