Freemen of the City

A member of our Community may be honoured by the City with the title "Honorary Freeman of the City".

An Honorary Freeman of the City must have served the community of the City of Nedlands in an outstanding and meritorious manner that stands above the contributions of most other persons, and whose activities have contributed significantly to the wellbeing of the City's residents. A maximum of six living persons only may hold the title of "Honorary Freeman of the City of Nedlands" at any one time.

For more information, please contact the City on 9273 3500 or council@nedlands.wa.gov.au

Current Freemen of the City

C.E. (Colin) Barns

  Mr Colin Barnes and Mrs Lesley Barnes
  Mr Colin Barns and the late Mrs Lesley Barns

C.E. (Colin) Barns was honoured with the Freeman of the City title in 1999. Mr Barnes was a Councillor from 1969-70 until 1992. He was Mayor of the City of Nedlands from 1992 until 1999.

Gordon Davies

Gordon Davies has supported many community projects in partnership with City of Nedlands sporting and church groups over 20 years. He has also been a community representative on the City of Nedlands Sustainable Nedlands Committee since its formation.

Dr Hal Colebatch

Dr Hal Colebatch is an author, poet, lecturer, journalist, editor and lawyer, well-known for his services to history and politics. He has lived in the City of Nedlands for more than 40 years. Dr Colebatch received an Australian Centenary Medal in 2003 for Writing, Law, Poetry and Political Commentary.

Ruth Reid OAM

Ruth Reid OAM has dedicated more than 20 years of community service as a volunteer to many not-for-profit organisations in Western Australia. The voluntary work for which she has been recognised includes her service to the Friends of the Battye Library of WA; being patron of Ed Connect (formally known as the School Volunteer Program); her work with UnitingCare West's Rainbow Project; the Royal Historical Society; Save the Children Fund; St John Ambulance and the Blind Institute.
Ruth Reid was awarded a member of the Order of Australia in 2013 and in the same year announced winner of the Lifetime contribution to Volunteering Award presented at the WA Volunteer of the Year Awards.

Mary "Lennie" McCall AM

Lennie joined the State Library as a student librarian in 1955 and worked her way up to become Director of the Battye Library of West Australian History in 1995, contributing to all areas of the Library at a senior level during the course of her career.

During her time as Divisional Librarian of the State Bibliographic Centre from 1965 until 1982, Lennie used her skills to negotiate with Western Australian libraries to create union catalogues to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the inter-library loan service. Lennie also played a vital role as Staff Training and Development Officer, including her installation of a cadet mentoring program. Lennie holds a particular interest in Western Australian history, reflected in her ongoing councillorship at the Royal Western Australian Historical Society (1991 to present), in addition to her enthusiasm as a previous Director of the Battye Library.

Following her retirement in 1998, Lennie continued to give her time generously for the betterment of the State Library and the Western Australian history discipline. As a member of the Historical Records Rescue Group, Lennie was one of a three member consortium that secured a $3 million grant from Lotterywest. This facilitated the Library's digitisation of over 81,000 images and 155 films, as well as the microfilming of over 833,000 pages of newspaper.

Lennie was named a Fellow of the Library Board in 2010, following years of committed service to the State Library and to the preservation of Western Australian History.

Sue Morey OAM FRCNA

Sue is a Nurse Practitioner in Respiratory Medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH). She is also Chairman of the Lung Institute of WA. Sue is the longest serving registered nurse at SCGH with 40 years of continuous service. Sue Morey joined the Board of the Institute of Respiratory Health in 2007 and is a leading figure in her profession as a nurse practitioner in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth. Sue has spent nearly 40 years as a respiratory nurse and has watched the developments of respiratory medicine for pulmonary TB, asbestos-related diseases, asthma, cystic fibrosis and lung transplantation and interventional endobronchial procedures.

Sue was awarded the Order of Australia medal in 2004 for her services to respiratory medicine nursing. Sue is the current Vice President of the board of members for Westcare Incorporated, a not-for-profit organization providing quality employment, training and accommodation for people with a disability.

Former Freemen of the City

Mr JC Smith OBE, JP. Awarded 1979

Mrs FE Smith. Awarded 1979

Sir Charles Court, AK, KCMG, OBE

Mr DC Cruickshank, JP. Awarded 1992

Mrs SM Cruickshank. Awarded 1992

Mrs L Barns. Awarded 1999

Mr RJ Firkin. Awarded 1999

Mr TJ Ryan. Awarded 1999

Professor Martyn Webb. Awarded in 2015