Patrick Joseph Usher bust
Public Art : Patrick Joseph Usher bust
Sculptor : © Gerald Darwin (also known as Gerard
Description: A bronze bust of former mayor of
Bunbury, Patrick Joseph Usher (1922- 30th June, 1983).
Location: The bust of the former mayor can be found
on Blair Street, Pat Usher Memorial Promenade, Bunbury, Western Australia.
PATRICK JOSEPH USHER O.B.E., J.P.
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.