Alderman Frank Purdue spent almost 30 years on Newcastle City Council, including 10 years as Lord Mayor.
At a testimonial dinner staged in 1966, the then Premier Sir Robert Askin dubbed Purdue "Mr Newcastle" for his selfless service to the city he loved.
Ald Purdue brought an air of dignity and prestige to the office from his first day of service in December 1944.
He was first elected Lord mayor in 1951 and set about dealing with the 'bread and butter' issues of local government.
Roads, rates, housing, environmental concerns, technical and further education and the enhancement of the city's image were major concerns for Ald. Purdue.
He was instrumental in the establishment of the autonomous University of Newcastle, the cultural centre and other inner-city landmarks.
His vision was matched by his commitment to the cause and he served the city and its people with strength and pride."
[Reprinted from Key Figures in Newcastle/Hunter Region in the Past 80 Years "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow"[unpaged]
Article in paper Swedish 'Floating Fair' in port - State Dockyard, Newcastle, NSW, Australia [n.d.]
An unidentified man, Dr Frank Purdue and Don George at the University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr Frank Purdue at the University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr Frank Purdue, the University of Newcastle, Australia
Joe Talty and Alderman Frank Purdue before the main doors of the Great Hall, financed by an appeal by Convocation, 1973
Alderman F. Purdue, Great Hall Appeal Dinner, City Hall, Newcastle
Dr. F. Purdue receives Honorary Degree, 1973, from the Chancellor, University of Newcastle, Australia
Sir Bede Callaghan & Dr FJ Purdue receiving Honorary Degrees in Great Hall
Platform party - Lord Mayor Purdue, Professor Baxter & other dignatories