Freeman of the City
The honour of Freeman of the City is awarded to individuals who have provided the highest level of service.
It may be awarded for achievement and service to Newcastle, Australia or humanity. The award dates back to ancient times, when an exceptional person was recognised and given privileges that extended beyond the law. That is, they were given the 'run of the City' and hero status.
The award is generally limited to one per year while some years the award is not given.
Freeman of the City recipients
Frank Purdue. Former Lord Mayor
Charlie Jones. Former Lord Mayor, Federal Minister for Transport and Minister for Aviation
Joy Cummings. Former Lord Mayor
Arthur Wade. Former Lord Mayor, State Member for Newcastle
Vic Bell. Former Deputy Lord Mayor
Anne Von Bertouch. Arts patron. (27/4/97) First non politician
Joyce Bond. Heritage and community activist (30/9/97)
Doug Lithgow. Community and environmental activist (29/8/02)
Dr William Bowmore. Patron of the Arts (18/10/05)
John McNaughton and Margaret McNaughton. Former Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress as well as community advocates and ambassdors for Newcastle.