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Honorary Freemen

The Honorary Freeman of the City is bestowed on a citizen in recognition of their services to the City. The City has six Honorary Freemen, all of whom have made an important contributions to our City and become an integral part of our history.

Terence G Kenyon JP 

Entered Local Government: 1993, elected as a Councillor for the West Ward.

Honorary Freeman: bestowed in June 2013, in recognition of his 20 years of service to the community as a Councillor, Deputy Mayor and Mayor of the City. 

Marlene Janice Robinson

Entered Local Government: 1992, elected as a Councillor for the West Ward.

Honorary Freeman: bestowed in April 2012, in recognition of his 20 years of service as a Councillor to the City. 

Barry McKenna

Entered Local Government: 1991, elected as a Councillor for the Central Ward. He became the Mayor in 2009, and was re-elected in 2011.

Honorary Freeman: bestowed in August 2011, in recognition of his 20 years of service to the community and broader regional community.

Meritorious Service Award: awarded in 2003 for outstanding service to local government.

Ian Barrie McClelland

Entered Local Government: 1986, elected as a Councillor for the North Ward. He became the Deputy Mayor in 1992, and was re-elected in 2005.

Honorary Freeman: bestowed in December 2006, in recognition of his 23 years of service as a Councillor and 11 years as a Deputy Mayor.

Distinguished Service Award: awarded in 2003 for his outstanding service to local government. 

John D'Orazio

Entered Local Government: 1981 at age 24, elected as a Councillor for the West Ward making him the youngest sitting Councillor at that time. He became Deputy Mayor in 1982, and Mayor in 1984. 

After 17 years as Mayor of the City of Bayswater, John was elected into state parliament as the Member for Ballajura in 2001.

Honorary Freeman: bestowed in December 1995, in recognition of his 17 consecutive years of service as a Councillor and Mayor.

The City of Bayswater has also named a park, the John D'Orazio Park after him. 

J Mervyn (Merv) Toms, JP

Entered Local Government: 1944, elected to the Bayswater Road Board.

He chaired the Road Board from 1951 to 1957 when he became a non-chairing member again to allow his entry to the Legislative Council.

Honorary Freeman: bestowed in December 1971, in recognition of his 27 years of service to the Bayswater Community as a West Ward Councillor.

Mertome Village, the first aged care complex in Australia to be built by a local government was named after him in a combination of 'Merv Toms', in recognition of his contribution to our community.

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