Joseph TORRENT (Joe) was born on his parents’ property, Location 604, in June 1908. His father, Miguel, arrived at Yoongarillup in 1905 from Spain. This was the start of a Spanish settlement. His mother, Aurora, arrived two years later.
Joe worked for his brother for several years assisting with contracts for roadworks, sleeper cutting, droving bullocks and sleeper carting. He then worked for Main Roads and was to become very active in community affairs. In 1977, he was presented with a Medallion and Certificate of Merit from the Farmers’ Union of Western Australia, on the recommendation of their Busselton Zone Council. In 1979, he was presented with a Certificate and Medallion on behalf of the people and Government of the State of Western Australia in appreciation for services rendered to Local Government. In 1982, the Bush Fire Board of Western Australia presented him with a Certificate and Medallion for meritorious service in recognition of services rendered for organisation of fire services for the protection of the south west of Western Australia. In 1983, a Certificate of Appreciation was presented to him during Western Australia Week of Endeavour, from the Shire of Busselton.
On the second trip to Busselton, during his Presidency of the Busselton Shire Council, the choir from Japan presented him with a key to the city of Sasebo. This key has the Mayor of Sasebo’s signature on it.
On his retirement from the Shire, he was presented with a beautiful reclining chair with a plaque on it thanking him for services rendered during 22 years of service, including six as President. Joseph was a Justice of the Peace and involved with the Geographe Bay Yacht Club, including as Patron, and the Junior Football Association. Both groups made presentations to him for services rendered. He was also Chairman of the International Basketball Association for four years, and President of the South West Association for four years.
Joseph married and had three daughters.