New Mayor Takes Reins; City Leader Demands Best Efforts of His Fellow Alderman

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ON May 5, 1930 Alderman Oliver Perry was chosen as Mayor of the City of Ipswich and Alderman A.T. Stephenson who had held the position of Mayor for the past nine years, was elected Deputy Mayor.

In his address to his fellow aldermen, the new Mayor said "I shall expect the best from you while I am in this office. I shall not expect that all of you will be the same opinion as myself on all occasions. It is only through the combined intelligence of all of us, that we shall be able to do what is best".

Mayor Oliver Perry had been born in East Brent, near Bath, but had resided in our city since the 1880s. He worked for Messrs Stewart and Wyman, builders who had a workshop in Bell Street.

In 1887 Mr Perry and Mr W. Betts purchased the business which then became known as Perry and Betts. This partnership continued until 1914 when it was dissolved.

Following this, Mr Perry was associated with the Patriotic Committee from the early part of June 1914 to the end of World War 1 (1919). When soldiers returned from war, Mr Perry did work on the Repatriation Committee as chairman for two terms and as secretary for a period.

He was associated with the Red Cross Society and as he had experience in local authority government, his work on the City Council began when Greater Ipswich was constituted in 1917. …