WHEN Mayor Tim Overall came into office he was on a mission. A mission to solve the mystery of the missing mayoral robes.
Although his early attempts to track down the robes were thwarted, Cr Overall's tenacity led to their eventual discovery.
"Once I assumed office, I was curious about the robes because I had seen photographs and I asked around the longer serving staff if anybody knew anything about them.
"I was getting different stories, a few them said 'oh they went to the dry cleaners ... but they were so old they fell apart' and then someone said it was eaten by silverfish.
"I thought to myself 'there's conflicting stories here'."
Not to be deterred, Cr Overall continued his line of enquiry and contacted a former general manager.
"I asked him 'whatever happened to the robes, any idea?'. He said 'the last time I saw the robes must have been about 16 years ago and they were underneath the stage in the Conference Centre'.
"I asked [a staff member] to check and there they were, been there all that time."
However, the mystery hasn't been completely solved. While the black and red, floor length and fur-trimmed gown, lace collar and chain have been recovered, a red, three-cornered hat remains missing.
Cr Overall contacted the Queanbeyan Players hoping perhaps the headwear was lurking somewhere between the racks of their costume storage shed. But alas a search proved fruitless.
"Perhaps one day I'll go up there and have a look for it myself," he said.
Cr Overall and general manager Gary Chapman will don the mayoral and town clerk robes on Saturday, September 28 in celebration of the town's 175th birthday.
The town clerk robes were recently donated to the Council by the family of the late Bob Smith. Mr Smith served as town clerk for 36 years from 1952 to 1988 and wore the robes when a special occasion called for it.
Although the mystery of the robes has been somewhat solved, Cr Overall said it's not something that will become part of his everyday attire.
"I'm a bit modest and conservative to wear something like this all the time but I don't mind if it's for a special occasion," he said.