Boroondara Mayoral Biography Project
The Boroondara District Roads Board was established in 1856 and covered pretty much the same area as Boroondara does today. It was soon curtailed considerably when the villages of, first Hawthorn, and then Kew seceded in 1860. The village of Camberwell became the Shire of Boroondara and eventually the Shire of Camberwell. The three local government areas rapidly made their way through the ranks of Municipality, Borough, Town and City until the great shake-up of Victorian local government in 1994. Throughout this time, and still today, a very mixed bunch of nearly 300 men and women have served as mayors across the region with passions, idiosyncrasies and concerns that lent themselves to their respective times and to the requirements of their jurisdiction and its residents.
We have recently completed writing about each of their lives and work in a snapshot form. You can read these, and see their photographs, on the Boroondara Libraries catalogue by typing in the search term ‘Boroondara Mayoral Project’. You may have an interest in civic history, or Boroondara local history, or have discovered a Boroondara mayor or councillor in your family history - these library catalogue-style biographies with further references will help you with your research.