KINGSTON Council has paid tribute to City Historian Dr Graham Whitehead who has dedicated 20 years of service researching, archiving and celebrating the area’s rich history.
Kingston mayor Cr Steve Staikos formally thanked Dr Whitehead and presented him with a certificate of appreciation at December’s public council meeting.
“For the past 20 years, Graham has shared his great passion and talent for local history with our community to ensure our rich past is celebrated and remembered,” Cr Staikos said.
“We thank him for helping to bring Kingston’s past to life and keeping these important stories of days gone by fresh in our memories.”
Dr Whitehead was appointed as City Historian in October 1997 following his retirement from the Department of Education and brought a strong background in research and project management to the role.
“His achievements have included the launch of Kingston’s Historical Website — a collection of over 650 articles and numerous photographs capturing Kingston’s long and colourful past,” Cr Staikos said.
“Dr Whitehead has also written a number of books on Kingston’s history, and managed a Narratives project that many local residents participated in.”
“He has made an incredible contribution to the Kingston community, working closely with the area’s historical societies to showcase our history.”
View the historical website at localhistory.kingston.vic.gov.au online.