First Mayor/Office

Artist
Hurley, Gavin
Date
2017
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A popular and prominent citizen, and self-styled store-keeper general, George Hunter was elected as the first mayor of the newly formed Wellington Borough in 1842. The Wellington City Council has portraits of all past city Mayors including the two Mayors of Wellington Borough (George Hunter and William Guyton). The Borough was abolished by the British Government in 1843, and for the next 20 years Wellington had no local government. Instead, the city was represented by national and provincial authorities.

Unlike in this stylised painting by Gavin Hurley, the portraits do not hang over council workers desks, rather they line the walls of the Council Chamber in the Town Hall. Gavin Hurley’s whimsical portrait of the first mayor is from a series depicting historical figures in the formation of Wellington.
Media
oil on linen
Measurements
495 x 390mm framed
Registration number
ART00723

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