Cr Ben Morgan was a long serving Northcote councilor, holding a seat for around seventeen years.
He was a boilermaker by trade and employed at the Newport railway yards, and was actively involved with the Boilermakers' Union.
In 1959 he stood for South Ward after the resignation of Cr. B G Stewart. There was a by-election slated for 21 March. However there was no other opponent and he was duly elected unopposed, negating the need for a by-election.
By the 18 March he was already sitting at his first council meeting. Cr Len Hales was chairman of his campaign committee.
Through out his poltical career he had strong links with the union movement and was a member of the Westgarth branch of the Australian Labor Party.
Leader newspaper 25 Feb and 18 March, 1959.
(1959, March 18). Northcote Leader (Northcote, Vic. : 1882 - )