Lord Mayor Graham Quirk has announced Brisbane’s first Town Crier after a historic cry-off saw Mandarella Partridge awarded the honorary position.
The new role will draw on Brisbane’s strong ties to English traditions and celebrate the city’s cultural heritage.
Cr Quirk said the new appointment will uphold the tradition of delivering greetings and proclamations at important events.
“A requirement of being a town crier is an incredible passion for the city you live in, and so I have no doubt Mandarella will easily fit into this role,” Cr Quirk said.
“Millions of tourists visit Brisbane every year and Mandy will play an important role adding colour and tradition to civic events hosted by Council.
“This is all part of promoting Brisbane’s history and culture, and enhances Brisbane as a lifestyle city.”
Brisbane’s Cry Off was judged by a panel including a member of the Ancient and Honourable Guild of Australian Town Criers, Max Bissett, 612 ABC Brisbane’s Spencer Howson and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.
Four people competed for the honorary position with loud proclamations and bell-ringing which resounded across King George Square.
Cr Quirk said judging criteria included words and delivery of the Town Crier’s ‘cry’, as well as their colourful costume and bell-ringing abilities.
“Each of the three judges gave criers a score out of 100 by and judges unanimously awarded Mandarella the honorary position with an overall score of 238 out of a possible 300 points,” Cr Quirk said.
Hailing from Coorparoo, Mandarella has been in show business for years with experience writing, producing and performing in everything from magic shows to short films.
Mandarella will represent Brisbane for a term of four years and will have her first chance to represent and promote the city in the 25th Annual Town Crying Championship later this year.