Bronze bust of Joe Barton unveiled

A sculpture recognising the work of Port Elliot icon Joseph ‘Joe’ Barton will be unveiled at a morning event this Saturday, February 17.

The bronze bust of Mr Barton was organised by the Port Elliot Town and Foreshore Improvement Association and, with the help of the Encounter Bay Rotary Club, Alexandrina Council and generous donors, they were able to get the project up and running.

Association secretary Geoff Mudge said Mr Barton’s dedication to the town was important to recognise.

He was a former mayor of the district, a member of many clubs and groups, and ran the local garage with his brother.

“Joe was really well-known and died three weeks before his 100th birthday. Except for the war, he lived in Port Elliot his whole life,” he said.

The bronze bust, made by Michael Smerd, sits next to the old council chambers at the town square, and will be unveiled at 11am on February 17. His daughters will attend and financial donors are invited. Victor Harbor City Band will be performing.


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