Frank Henry Monger: Seventh Mayor of Guildford November 1893 – January 1894

His mayoral duties cut short by death

The Monger family were early settlers in the York district. In addition to being a large land holder, John Henry Monger was a hotelier and a general storekeeper.

Faversham House in 2017

John Henry Monger Jnr., a member of the Legislative Council and a prominent business man, inherited the family home Faversham House, after his father’s death in 1867.

In 1892 Frank Monger, eldest son of John Henry Jnr, settled with his wife and four sons in Guildford. He leased a house “Old Fairholme” in Market street. His profession was accountancy, and he managed his father’s Perth office.

He quickly became interested in Municipal matters.  He was elected Mayor in November 1893 and attended three Guildford Municipal Council Meetings and one meeting of the Guildford Local Board of Health.

In December 1893, Mayor Monger notified the councillors the annual tour of inspection of the town would take place on Wednesday 20th .

this tour of inspection was much needed, for when one walked about the town it was painful to see the number of dilapidated fences and grants grown over with scrub. In point of fact it was a disgrace to the municipality”.  (Cr. Halford)

“there was too much said about disgrace to the municipality, they were constantly giving themselves, without cause, a bad name, and it was an ill bird which fouled its own nest. A mere handful of people as they were, and to talk in snob grandiloquent terms, was to make themselves a laughing-stock to the community”. (Cr Sadler)

However Mayor Monger would never live to see the improvement to the town.

Francis [Frank] Henry Monger died of heart disease, aged 33, at his residence in Guildford on 10 January 1894. Frank had been delicate most of his life.

It is said the flags on the Perth Town Hall and the Weld Club were at half-mast as a mark of respect.