Charles Mackay was mayor of Whanganui from 1906 to 1920.
His tenure and name were all but erased from history when it emerged he was gay and shot a returned soldier who was attempting to blackmail him over his sexuality.
Now there are moves to have Charles Mackay's story and leadership preserved through a New Zealand Heritage Rainbow listing.
The story will be told in full in an upcoming book by Paul Diamond. It's being released on November 10.
Whanganui businessman James Barron, a former district councillor, has applied for the Edwardian gentlemen’s offices in which the incident occurred to be listed under Heritage New Zealand’s Rainbow List project. He speaks to Jesse.