Lost Mayor Rejoins Colleagues
Published on 24 May 2022
Benjamin Cooke, Fairfield’s mayor in 1900-1904 and 1905 has returned to take his rightful place with his alderman peers.
Council has a gallery of past mayors adorning the public walkway leading to the Council Chambers and while the majority are in place, a few mayors’ pictures are still yet to be found.
The gallery is now closer to a full quorum with Council’s Heritage Services team sourcing a photo of Cooke from the 17 March 1900 edition of the Cumberland Argus and Fruit Growers Advocate Newspaper.
Fairfield City Mayor Frank Carbone said the gallery was an important part of the administrative history of the City.
“Many important decisions have been taken by the men and women of past councils that have helped lead this City to where it is today,” Mayor Carbone said.
“Today’s Council is indebted to them and honoured to be able to take our turn at leading our fantastic diverse community today.
“The gallery is also a fascinating depiction of the fashions in clothes, hair and for the men, facial hair over the years.
“It’s my pleasure as the current mayor to welcome Cooke back to the fold.”