Patrick Joseph Usher bust

Patrick Joseph Usher bust, Bunbury, Gerard Darwin, public art

Public Art : Patrick Joseph Usher bust

Sculptor : © Gerald Darwin (also known as Gerard Darwin)

Description: A bronze bust of former mayor of Bunbury, Patrick Joseph Usher (1922- 30th June, 1983).

Date Unveiled:

Location: The bust of the former mayor can be found on Blair Street, Pat Usher Memorial Promenade, Bunbury, Western Australia.

Inscription:

PATRICK JOSEPH USHER O.B.E., J.P.

1922-1983

Mayor of Bunbury 1972-1983

Sculptor Gerald Darwin

Background: Patrick Joseph Usher was a Army Sergeant (1941-1946) and former Bunbury Mayor (1972-1983). He was born in Yarloop in 1922. His father was a timber worker. Despite receiving a limited education he studied part time to become an accountant.

During the 1970's Mayor Usher was instrumental in achieving several major milestones for Bunbury, including the town gaining city status, the building of a new civic administrative centre and the development of one of Australia's largest community sporting complexes at Hay Park. A man totally committed to his role as the Mayor of Bunbury, he rarely missed a function or meeting. He went unchallenged a record 5 times.  Sadly in 1983, Patrick Usher died from a heart attack following a three month illness.

In 1992 a section of the Leschenault Inlet foreshore was named the "Pat Usher Memorial Promenade" in honor of the former Mayor of Bunbury.

Acknowledgements : Thank you to the Bunbury Public Library, and in particular Penny Rackham (Reference Librarian), for kindly providing information about Patrick Usher.

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