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1935

Tuesday the 15th January 1935

Minutes of a meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday the 15th January 1935, at 7.30pm.

Present

His Worship the Mayor, (Alderman R. S. Goddards, J.P.), the Deputy Mayor (Alderman T Sheehan, J.P.)Mrs Alderman Fowler, and Alderman F.A. Newnham, W.P. Newnham, Ryan, Dunshea, Collyer, Fleming, Porter, Roberts and Solomon.

Minutes

Each member of Council having received a copy of the minutes of the previous meeting , Alderman Dunshea moved, “that the minutes be taken as read, and confirmed and signed”. Seconded by Alderman Roberts, and carried.

3763. Late MR. R. H. Kerruish

  1. Late Miss A Golding

Alderman Ryan referred in feeling terms to the death of Mr. Robert. H. Kerruish an old and respected resident of our Municipality, and Alderman Solomon referred to the death of Miss Annie Golding, an esteemed and prominent worker in Public and Charitable Movements, and it was unanimously resolved by the Members or the Council rising in silence, “That letters of sympathy be forwarded in each instance to the relatives or the deceased.”

Correspondence

  1. M.W.S.&D. Brd Re Building Operations

Letter from the M.Water. S. & D. Board, covering a return of building operations in the City and Suburbs for the year 1934. “Received”, and ordered to be laid upon the table.

  1. Local Government Department re unemployment relief works

Letter from the Local Government Dept.: “giving details of a vote of £300,000 of Loan Money for Unemployment Relief Works, to assist in placing new Settlers on the land, and also for the construction of bridges etc., “Received”.

3767 Old age & invalid pen; re free use of Town Hall.

Letter from the Old Age & Invalid Pensioners’ Assn., Newtown Area, thanking Council forthe free use of the Town Hall for its Meetings on Friday afternoons during the year 1934.”Received”.

  1. J.S.Garden, M.H.R. re half-length Telephone Cabinet .

Letter per favor of J.S.. Garden, M.R.R., intimating that a half-length Telephone Cabinet will be erected in Pemell St near its intersection with Simmons St., as soon as prior applications have been dealt with. Ald. Sheehan moved, “That the letter be “Received”, and Mr. Garden be congratulated on the success of his efforts on behalf of our Municipality in this matter.” Seconded by Alderman W.P. Newnham, and carried.

3769. Valuer General Re Purchase of Property – Erskineville Rd. & Wilson St

Letter from the Valuer General, intimating that negotiations are proceeding for the purchase of property at the intersection of Erskineville Rd., & Wilson St., for the purpose of rounding-off the corner. “Received”, on the motion of Alderman Solomon, Seconded by Ald. Roberts.

3770 Public Health Dept Re Milk Samples .

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering the analysis of twenty samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. “Received”.

3771 NSW State Council Against War, Re outdoor meetings .

Letter from the NSW State Council against War, asking permission to hold Outdoor Meetings on Sunday Evenings in Bedford St., near the Fountain. Ald. Solomon moved, “That the application be “Received”, and granted, subject to Police approval.” Seconded by Ald.Fleming, and carried.

  1. Hon J. M. Dunningham, MLA Re Concord West Swamp Unemployment

Relief Works.

Letter from the Hon. J.M. Dunningham, M.L.A., . per favor of F.M. Burke, M.L.A., intimating that no good purpose would be served in receiving a Deputation to protest against the victimisation of certain men at Concord West Swamp Unemployment Relief Works, as proposed at a Public Meeting recently held in the Town Hall, Newtown.” Ald. Dunshea moved, “That the letter be “Received”, and Mr. Burke be thanked for his kind interest in the matter”

Seconded by Alderman Roberts, and carried.

  1. Old Age & Invalid Pensioners Executive re free use of the Town Hall

Letter from J. Hennessey, asking on behalf of the Old Age & Invalid Pensioners Executive Council, for the free use of the Town Hall on Friday Afternoons for the fortnightly Meetings of the Executive Council during the year 1935. Ald. Solomon moved, “That the letter be “Received”, and it be left in the hands of the Mayor to grant this request when the Town Hall is not otherwise engaged.” Seconded by Alderman Roberts, and carried.

  1. Old Age & Invalid Pensioners,Re Euchre party & Dance.

Further letter from J. Hennessey, asking for the use of the Town Hall at Charity Rates, for the purpose of holding a Euchre Party & Dance on the 5th February next, in aid of the funds of the Old Age & Invalid Pensioners Executive Council. Ald. Roberts moved, “That the application be “Received”, and granted.” Seconded by Alderman Fleming, and carried.

3775 T Powell Re Hall at Charity Rates for Communist Party

Letter from T. Powell, making application on behalf of the Communist Party of Aus., for the use of the Town Hall at Charity Rates, on Thursday the 17th inst., for the purpose of holding a Lecture on “Lenin”. Ald. Fleming moved, “That the application be “Received”, and granted.” Seconded by Alderman Roberts, and carried.

3776 Mrs Butler Re dance

Letter from Mrs. Butler, making application for the use of the Town Hall at Charity Rates for the purpose of holding a Dance in aid of little Beryl Morrin, the victim of the recent Shark Tragedy. Ald. Sheehan moved, “That the application be “Received”, and granted and the Members of the Council co-operate in making this function a success.” Seconded by. A Alderman Dunshea, and carried

  1. E. Perry, Re Fish stand

Letter from E. Perry, complaining of the competition of a Fish Stand at the corner of Hordern & King St., “Received”.

3778 Newtown East Labour League re Rockchoppers At Como.

Letter from R.A. Baker, Ron. Secretary, of the Newtown East Labour League, asking co-operation in a request to the government to grant the Rook-Choppers at Como and elsewhere employed on Relief Works, – Wages and conditions in accordance with the Award, and further requesting this Council to solicit the co-operation of all Municipalities and Shires in the County of Cumberland in this matter. Ald. Solomon moved, “That the letter be Received”, co-operation as desired, be granted, and the co-operation of all Municipal & Shire Councils in the County of Cumberland be invited”. Seconded by Ald. Sheehan, and carried.

3779 W. Walker & Son, Re Subdivision of land 8/10 Bucknell St

Application from W. Walker & Son for Council’s approval of Subdivision Plan of land, – Nos 8 and 10 Bucknell St., It was Resolved on the recommendation of the Works’ Committee,”That the application be “Received”, and granted”.

3780 Pubuc Trustee Re Awning in front 191Wilson St.

Letter from the Public Trustee, making application for an extension of time for the removal of the awning in front of No. 191 Wilson St., Newtown, as there is no money available in the Estate for a new awning at present. It was Resolved on the re-commendation of the Works’ Committee, “That the application be “received”, and an extension of time be granted for a further period of 6 months, provided the Applicant accepts full responsibility in connection with this awning in the meantime.”

 

  1. Railway Dept Re Footpath on St Peters Bridge.

Letter from the Railway Dept., intimating that the Commissioner is not prepared to undertake repairs to the footpath on the st. Peters’ Railway Bridge. It was Resolved on the recommendation of the Works’ Committee, “That the letter be “Received”, and the Commissioner’s attention be called to Section 15, (3), of the Government Railways Act, 1912-32, which makes it his duty to maintain the portion of the path over the Railway in proper order, and in

keeping with the adjoining footpath, and that he be again requested to have this work carried out, or pay the Council the cost thereof.

3782 Main Roads Dept. Re Additional work on north side of King St.

Letter from the Main Roads Dept., intimating that in response to.Council’s application, additional work had been approved (in accordance with the Plans approved by this Council) on the northern side of State Highway No. 1. (King St.,) extending easterly from Church St., to a point near Queen St., It was Resolved on the recommendation of the Works’ Committee “That the letter be “Received”, and the Mayor be congratulated on the success of his prompt efforts to have this work carried out, and the Commissioner for Main Roads be also thanked for his prompt approval of the work.

3783 Popplewell & Shepherd re-block of flats Cambridge and Cavendish Streets.

Application from D Popplewell & Shepherd for Council’s approval of Plan and Specification of a block of 6 Flats at the corner of Cambridge & Cavendish Streets.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works and Building Committee “That the application be approved subject to a full compliance with the provisions of Local Government Building Ordinance No 71 including the provision of soundproof floors to the Building Inspector’s approval and to all dividing walls between the Flats being built in 9 inch Brick-work.

3784 Public Health Department re No 2 Sarah Street.

Letter from the Department of Public Health asking that Notice be served on the Owner of No 2 Sarah Street to comply with the requirements of Ordinance No 71 relative to Flats.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committee “That the letter be “Received” and the Owner of No 2 Sarah Street be notified to comply with the Local Government Ordinance No 71 relative to the conversion of the building into Flats within 30 days from the date of notice.”

3785 Plan of Factory Premises 171 Lord Street.

Application for Council’s approval of Plan and Specification of Factory premises at 171 Lord Street.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works & Building Committees that the application be approved provided the lighting and ventilation is increased to at least 1/15th of the Floor area and that all Skylights are of the louvred Ventilating Type.

Reports

3786 Finance Committee Report

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman R.S. Goddard J.P.) as Chairman of the Finance Committee submitted a Report of a Meeting held on the 15th instant as contained on folios 257/8 of the Finance Committee’s Report Book which recommended the confirmation of

Accounts paid under Votes of Appropriation amounting to £2160.3.0

 

And payment of Accounts passed that evening £ 727.11.10
Total payments from the General Fund since last Meeting £2887.14.10

The Monthly Financial Statement of the General Fund was submitted and disclosed a credit balance of £8353.1.6.

It was further recommended (a) That a subsidy of £50 be granted to the Newtown-Marrickville Ambulance payable in 2 half yearly payments. (b) That a subsidy of £2 per month be granted to the Newtown Enterprise Silver Band (until otherwise notified) provided the program of each month as to the Finance Committee’s satisfaction. (c) That persons hiring the Town Hall be requested to make their own arrangements with the Australian Performing Rights Association regarding any fees to be paid. (d) That the rent of the Town Hall for the Ladies Orange Lodge be reduced to 10/-per Meeting. (e) That to adjust the Stores & Materials A/c to 31/12/30 4 A nett amount of £84/5/8 be debited to M & R of Roads and credited to Stores and Materials A/cs for depreciation and stores used which could not be charged to individual Streets.

Alderman Roberts moved “That the Finance Committee’s Report be “Received” and adopted the Accounts confirmed and paid – the Monthly Financial Statement laid upon the table and all recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.”

Seconded by Alderman W.A. Newnham and carried.

3787 Works Committee Report

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman R.S. Goddard J.P.) as Chairman of the Works Committee submitted a Report of a Meeting held on the 14th instant as contained on folios 346/7 of the Committee’s Report Book.

Alderman Fleming moved “That the recommendations be considered seriatum”

Seconded by Alderman Porter and carried.

After consideration of Recommendations Nos 1 to 20 inclusive Alderman Ryan moved as a covering motion “That the Works Committee’s Report be “Received” and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect.”

Seconded by Alderman Dunshea and carried.

3786 Estimate of Rate Limits

The Town Clerk submitted Estimates of Rate Limits for the year 1935 which were “Received” and adopted.

Municipality of Newtown estimates of Rate Limits for the year 1935

Local Government Act-Section 129-130-131 and Ordinance 5 (23)

Part No 1 Limit of General Rates and Additional General Rates taken together.

The Unimproved Capital Value of all Rateable land in the Municipality as valued by the Valuer General is the sum of  

 

£1,677,933

The Assessed Annual Value of all Rateable land in the Municipality as valued by the Valuer General is the sum of  

 

£   376,479

2d in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value would yield  

£     13,982.15.6

1/6 in the £ on the Assessed Annual Value would yield  

£     28,235.18.6

The Limit beyond which the Council cannot levy General and Additional General Rates is therefore the sum of  

 

£     42,218.14.0

Part No 2 Limit of all Rates (General Additional General Special Local and Loan Rates taken together

2d in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value would yield  

£       13,982.15.6

2/-in that the £ on the Assessed Annual Value would yield  

£       37,647.18.0

The Limit beyond which the Council cannot levy any Rates (under the Local Government Act) is therefore the sum of  

 

£       51,630.13.6

Signed WG Salmon Town Clerk

 

Town Hall Newtown 15th of January 1935.

3789 Ganger’s Report

J Hilton submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past month which was “Received”.

3790 Assistant Health Inspector

The Assistant Health Inspector submitted his report as contained on folios 73/75 of the Health Inspector’s Report Book.

Alderman F A Newnham moved “That the Health Inspector’s Report be “Received” and the applications mentioned in paragraph 2 be granted.”

Seconded by Alderman Sheehan and carried.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

3791 General Rate

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman R.S. Goddard J.P.) moved:-

1 “That in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act this Council now makes the levies for the year 1935 a General Rate of four and one half pence (4 ½d) in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable land within the Municipality of Newtown as forecast in the Estimates approved by this Council on the 4/12/34 and Julie advertised and the Mayor and Town Clerk be and are hereby authorised when the rates have been written up in the Rate Books to attach the Corporate Seal thereto and Duly sign each book.”

Seconded by Alderman Roberts and carried.

2 “That the following appropriations be made from the General Fund for the year 1935.

3792 Appropriations from General Fund

(a) General Purposes administrative expenses £ 2585
(b) Public Works and Main Roads Expenditure £28,172
(c) Public Services Expenditure £ 3897
(d) Public Health Expenditure £ 5800
(e) Municipal property Expenditure £   650
(f) Repayment of Principal & Interest on Loans £ 1800
(g) Purchase of Assets & unforeseen or incidental expenses  

£ 1000

(h) Superannuation & contribution to Workmen’s Insurance  

£     500

(i) Amount allocated for purchase of Children’s Playground  

£ 2000

(j) Provision for coal quitting of roads Town Hall improvements etc.  

£ 2118

£48,522

Seconded by Alderman Dunshea and carried.

3793 Revoting of Works

3 “That the various works which lapsed on the 31st December 1930 or and which are detailed in the Register of Votes Orders and Works as moved by the following Aldermen be now voted under the provisions of Clause 17 of Ordinance 26 “seconded by Alderman Roberts and carried.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman R.S. Goddard J.P.) moved;-

3794 Main Road No 1 King Street

(a) That Main Road No 1 King Street from Brown Street to George Street eastern side be reconstructed. Estimated cost.  

 

£4,250

3795 Burren Lane

(b) That Burren Lane be tarred rolled and surfaced with bituminous emulsion. Estimated cost.  

£   20

Seconded by Alderman Roberts and carried.

Alderman Roberts moved;-

3796 Bucknell Street Carriageway.

“That Bucknell Street Carriageway be repaired where necessary with the bituminous metal and resurfaced and the gutters replaced where necessary in concrete.

Seconded by Alderman Solomon and carried.

3797 Church Street Repairs

Alderman Dunshea moved;-

(a) That Church Street be repaired where necessary and top dressed. Estimated cost.  

£ 85

3798 Rounding of corner Liberty and Bedford Streets.

(b) That the footpath be rounded off the kerb and gutter set back and the gunny covering altered at the north eastern intersection of Liberty and Bedford Streets. Estimated cost.  

 

 

£15

3799 Regent and Albemarle Streets Carriageway.

(c) That the carriageway at the intersection of Regent and Albemarle streets be ballasted where necessary and re-sheeted with bituminous metal. Estimated cost.  

 

80

(d) That the open crossing is at the intersection of Australia and Lennox Streets be converted into reinforced concrete box drains. Estimated cost.  

 

£70

Seconded by Alderman Fleming and carried.

3800 Alderman Ryan moved;-

(a) That a box culvert reconstructed at the intersection of copies and Whitehorse Streets. Estimated cost.  

£ 35

3801 Gullys in Lord Street.

(b) That gullys be constructed in Lord Street and connected along John Street with 15 inch drainpipes to the stormwater drain on the Railway land. Estimated cost.  

 

 

£ 40

Seconded by Mrs Alderman Fowler and carried.

Alderman F. A. Newnham moved;-

3802 Gullys in Sarah Street and Marion Lane.

(a) That gulleys be constructed on Sarah Street and Marion Lane and connected with 15 inch drainpipes along Sarah Street to Edgeware Road. Estimated cost.  

 

£170

3803 Intercepting Gullies in Reiby Street.

(b) That intercepting gullies be constructed in Reiby Street and connected with 15 inch drainpipes to the Sloane Street Stormwater drain. Estimated cost.  

 

£130

3804 Augustus Lane Repairs.

(c) That Augustus Lane be scarified and re-sheeted with bituminous metal. Estimated cost.  

£90

Seconded by Alderman Sheehan and carried.

Questions Without Notice

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned;-

3805 Alderman Fleming called attention to the condition of the Telegraph Pole in Lennox Street by Mr Dibble’s Bakery.

3806 Alderman Collyer drew attention to the condition of the footpath in Darley Street.

3807 Mrs Alderman Fowler drew attention to the condition of the gutters in Newman Street and the footpath in angel Street by the Tramway Running Sheds.

3808 Alderman Ryan drew attention to a bad portion of the Carriageway at the intersection of King and Lords Streets which should be repaired with cement concrete.

3809 Alderman Fleming mentioned an accident which occurred recently through a child being impaled on top of a Spiked Iron Fence and seriously injured and moved “That our Members of Parliament be requested to induce the Government to introduce Legislation to prohibit Spike Fences and Tree Guards unless provided with a suitable iron bar to prevent serious accidents to Children similar to the one referred to.”

Seconded by Alderman Dunshea and carried.

3810 Alderman Dunshea drew attention to the dangerous condition of the fence at the Phillip Street Subway and asked that a letter be forwarded to the Railway Department calling attention to the need for immediate repairs.

3811 Alderman F.A. Newnham called attention to the unsightly growth of weeds along the fences and asked that the grass be trimmed or treated with poison also drew attention to the damage being done to the lower end of Marion Street through heavy traffic.

3812 Alderman Collyer asked that the Works’ Committee inspect the corner of Margaret and Reiby Streets with a view to improving the corner.

3813 Alderman Roberts drew attention to the rank growth of weeds in Herbert Street.

3814 Alderman Fleming asked that the Works’ Committee inspect region Street between Bedford and Bishopsgate Streets at its next meeting.

3815 Alderman Sheehan drew attention to the vandalism during the School Holidays of Trees in Juliett Street and it was Resolved “That the Minister for Education be requested to issue instructions to School Teachers within this area to foster a Civic Spirit in the Children so as to prevent the destruction of Trees Electric Light Globes etc.

3816 Alderman Dunshea asked that at its next Meeting the Lighting Committee consider improvements to the lighting of Phillip Street Subway.

His Worship the Mayor intimated that the various matters mention would receive his attention will be brought under the notice of the Works or Lighting Committees.

3817 His Worship the Mayor (Alderman R.S. Goddard J.P.) moved “That the Reverend A.E. Walker be thanked for his kindness in placing the Methodists School Hall at the disposal of the Committee that the distribution of Primary Products supplied by the Government during the “Xmas Season”.

Seconded by Alderman Solomon and carried.

And there being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on 29th of January 1913 at 7.30pm.

Signed W.G. Salmon, Town Clerk     R. Goddard, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 29th of January 1935

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday the 29th January 1935 at 7.30pm.

Present

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman R.S. Goddard J.P.) Mrs Alderman Fowler and Aldermen Roberts, Solomon, F.A. Newnham, W.P. Newnham, Porter, Ryan, Collyer, Dunshea, and Fleming.

Minutes

Each member of the Council having received copy of the Minutes of the previous meeting Alderman Solomon moved “That the Minutes be taken as read and confirmed and signed.”

Seconded by Mrs Alderman Fowler and carried.

Correspondence

3818 Alderman T Sheehan re absence on account of knee injury.

Letter from Alderman T. Sheehan J.P. (Deputy Mayor) apologising for his absence from the Meeting on account of an injury which he had received to his knee. Alderman Roberts moved “That the apology be received with regret and accepted.”

Seconded by Alderman Fleming and carried.

3819 Milk Produces Association re distribution of milk in Metropolitan Area.

Letter from the Secretary of the Milk Producers Association asking co-operation in supporting the Davies Scheme for the control of the Milk Supply etc Alderman Roberts moved “that the letter be “Received”.

Seconded by Mrs Alderman Fowler.

Amendment moved by Alderman F.A. Newnham “That the letter be “Received” and the writer informed that while this Council is willing to co-operate regarding the vesting of the Milk supply in the Metropolitan Area in the Milk Board it cannot go so far as to advocate that no Dairy Cattle shall be kept on an area less than two acres per cow or that butter Cheese or Bacon should not be produced for Market within 50 miles of the Sydney G.P.O.”

Seconded by Alderman Fleming.

The voting being in favour of the Amendment it was then submitted to the substantive motion and declared carried.

3820 Hospital Collection Fund re Annual Collection.

Letter from the Secretary of the Hospital Collection Fund asking permission to hold the 41st Annual Collection within this area on Friday the 3rd may next.

Alderman Roberts moved “That the application be “Received” and granted.”

Seconded by Alderman WP Newnham and carried.

3821 Premiers Department re-Iron Spike Fences.

Letter from the Under Secretary Premier’s Department (Per favour of F M Burke M.L.A.) intimating that Council’s represent Haitians in respect of Legislation restricting the use of iron spike borders for fences and tree guards will receive consideration.

Received.

3822 Minister for Transport re-Drainage Facilities and also Brick Walls etc in connection with Railway property.

Letter from the Minister for Transport (Per favour of F M Burke M.L.A.) intimating that Council’s request for proper drainage facilities with galleys and iron gratings to convey the stormwaters across the Railway property and also regarding the erection of brick walls at the foot of Watkin Herbert and Brown Streets and barbed wire on stanchions or brick wall in Bedford Street will receive the Commissioner’s consideration.

3823 Railway Department re Repairs to Phillip Street Subway.

Letter from the Railway Department acknowledging Council’s request for repairs to the fence and railing etc at the Phillip Street Subway and intimating that the matter will receive attention.

“Received”.

3824 H Fay Re debris from Fish Stall.

Letter from H Fay Enmore Hotel complaining of the nuisance caused by the debris from Prawns Lobsters and Fish sold from a Fish Stand at the intersection of Enmore road and Cambridge Street.

Alderman Ryan moved “That the letter be “Received” and referred to the Health Inspector for attention.”

Seconded by Alderman Roberts and carried.

3825 R.S. & S Imperial League re sale of Tin Hats.

Letter from the Honourable Secretary of the Returned Sailors & Soldiers Imperial League of Australia asking permission to sell Tin Hats and Buttons within this area on Friday the 15th of March next in aid of the funds of the League.

Alderman Roberts moved “That the application be “Received” and granted.”

Seconded by Alderman WP Newnham and carried.

3826 Federal Municipal & Shire Councils Employees Union.

Letter from the Secretary of the Federated Municipal and Shire Councils Employees Union of Australia intimating that the Annual Union Picnic will be held on Friday the 14th of March next at Clifton Gardens.

Alderman Roberts moved “That the letter be “Received” and as many of this Council’s Employees as possible be allowed off duty to attend the Union Picnic.”

Seconded by Alderman Ryan and carried.

3827 Letters re Rock-Choppers.

Letters from the Balmain Holroyd Waterloo’s Baulkham Hills Petersham Marrickville and Parramatta Councils agreeing to co-operate with this Council in an effort to secure Award Wages and Conditions for the Rock-Choppers employed on Relief Works at Como and elsewhere and also from the Burwood Drummoyne Campbelltown Strathfield and Enfield Councils intimating that it had been decided to take no action in the same matter.

“Received”.

3828 Mrs M Hoolahan re-Dance for Erskineville Convent Queen Competition.

Letter from Mrs M Hoolahan asking for the use of the Town Hall at Charity Rates on the 19th of February next for the purpose of holding a Dance in aid of the candidature of Miss N Hoolahan one of the candidates in the Erskineville Convent Queen Competition.

Alderman Roberts moved “That the application be “Received” granted and it be left in the hands of the Mayor to grant any similar applications made on behalf of other candidates in the same Competition.”

Seconded by Mrs Alderman Fowler and carried.

3829 Reverend R F Dylan re sale of Articles on Vacant Land by St Peters Bridge.

Letter from the Reverend R.F. making application for permission for the Ladies Committee of St Columbs’ Church of England Dickson Street to sell various articles on vacant land by the St Peters Railway Bridge on Fridays in aid of the Church Funds.

Alderman Porter moved “That the application be “Received” and granted.”

Seconded by Alderman Collyer and carried.

3830 H Dawson re-signs in Connection with Lectures by Newtown Management against War.

Letter from H Dawson making application for permission to exhibit say 12 Signs 15 inches by 12 inches in various positions to advertise the Lectures being held by the Newtown Movement against War at 1b Egan Street Newtown.

Alderman Solomon moved “That the application be “Received” and granted provided the positions and wording of the signs is approved by the Council.”

Seconded by Alderman WP Newnham and carried.

3831 Miss M Dixon re Beryl Morrin Fund.

Letter from Miss Maude Dickson asking Council’s approval and endorsement of her efforts to raise £100 within this Municipality in aid of the fund for little Beryl Morrin victim of the recent Shark Tragedy.

Alderman Solomon moved “That the application be “Received” and granted and the necessary endorsement be given.”

Seconded by Alderman Porter and carried.

3832 Erskineville Council re Traffic Constable at St Peters Bridge

Letter from the Erskineville Council asking cooperation in an effort to have a Traffic Constable stationed on the St Peters Railway Bridge to control the traffic at this busy Cross-Road intersection during the peak hours of traffic.

Alderman Ryan moved “That the letter be “Received” the request granted and the necessary letter be forwarded to Police Inspector Miller.”

Seconded by Alderman Collyer and carried.

3833 Erskineville Council re Government Subsidy To Newtown Marrickville Ambulance Brigade.

Further letter from the Erskineville Council asking cooperation in an effort to secure an increase in the Government Subsidy to the Newtown-Marrickville Ambulance Brigade and intimating that the Erskineville Council’s Subsidy to the Brigade has been increased from 10 two 15 Guineas.

Alderman Collyer moved “That the application be “Received” and granted and the Erskineville Council informed that every effort will be made through our local Member of Parliament to secure its objective and to this end a subsidy of £50 has already been granted by this Council to the Ambulance for the current year.”

Seconded by Alderman Roberts and carried.

3834 Mrs M A Rush re E.L. Account.

Letter from Mrs M A Rush thanking Council for its assistance in having her Electric Light Meter tested free of charge.

“Received”.

3835 Department Road Transport & Tramways re Re-erection of Waiting Room on St Peters Bridge.

Letter from the Secretary Department of Road Transport and Tramways (per favour of F.M. Burke M.L.A.) intimating that the Transport Commissioner is still of the opinion that the expenditure necessary for the re-the erection of the Waiting Room on the St Peter’s Railway Bridge would not be warranted that the use of the portion of land will be granted to this Council if it is prepared to erect a Tramway Waiting Shed and maintain it at its (the Council’s) expense.

Alderman Ryan asked that the letter be forwarded by this Council to the Commissioner for Transport be reared and then moved “That the letter be “Received” and a most emphatic protest be entered through our local Member of Parliament against the action of the Commissioner for Transport in depriving the Residence of this Municipality of the privilege and comfort enjoyed during the last 30 years and to again urge upon the Honourable M.F. Bruxner M.L.A. Minister-for-Transport (for the reasons set out in Council’s letter) to have the comfort and privilege and enjoyed for so many years restored to the residence of this Municipality by the re-the erection of a suitable Waiting room on the St Peters Railway Bridge.”

Seconded by Alderman Collyer and carried.

3836 Town Clerk & Assistant Health Inspector re Annual Holiday Leave.

Applications from the Town Clerk (W.G. Solomon) and the Assistant Health Inspector (T.W. Chambers) for Annual Holiday Leave were “Received” and granted.

Reports

3837 Engineer’s Report

The Engineers submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight which was “Received”.

3838 Health Inspector Report

The Health Inspector submitted his report as contained on folios 75/6 of the Health Inspector’s Report Book.

Alderman Fleming moved “That the Health Inspector’s Report be “Received” and adopted and the applications mentioned in paragraph 2 be granted with the exception of the application of A Lloyd.”

Seconded by Alderman Roberts and carried.

Questions Without Notice

3839 Alderman F Newnham re letter under Corporate Seal to Alderman I.E. Ryan J.P.

Under this heading Alderman F.A. Newnham moved “That a framed letter under the Corporate Seal of the Council be presented to Alderman I.E. Ryan J.P. expressing this Council’s grateful appreciation of his valuable services as Mayor during the past term.”

Seconded by Alderman Dunshea and carried.

3840 Mrs Alderman Fowler re penalty on late payment of E.L. Accounts.

Mrs Alderman Fowler drew attention to the penalty which is imposed by the Electric Light and P.S. Corporation limited by the extra charge of 2/6 if the account is not paid on the due date and moved “That the Members of Parliament for this district be requested to have an enquiry made into the Corporation’s methods and procedure with a view to protecting the Public from any injustice as it is thought that the imposition of a fine of this nature is exorbitant unjust and unnecessary and should not be allowed.”

Seconded by Alderman Solomon and carried.

3841 Alderman Collyer re-Central Lighting in Holmwood and Dixon Streets.

Alderman Collyer asked that the Lighting Committee at its next Meeting inspect the lighting of Holmwood and Dixon Street with a view to substituting Central Lighting that the present foot path lights. His Worship the Mayor said he would have this request complied with.

3842 Alderman Richardson Marrickville – Attendance at Meeting.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman R.S. Goddard J.P.) welcomed Alderman W.C. Richardson of the Marrickville Council who was in attendance during the Evening and also the Honourable J. Tyrell M.L.C. and Mr J.B. Sharpe – both of whom were present to explain the Group Insurance Scheme recently adopted by the Federated Municipal & Shire Councils Employees Union of Australia (N.S.W. Branch).

3843 Committee of Whole re Group Insurance Scheme and Transport Matters.

Alderman Roberts moved “That the Council do now resolve into a “Committee of the Whole” for the purpose of considering the Group Insurance Skiing and Transport matters.”

Seconded by Alderman F.A. Newnham and carried.

Upon resuming Council it was reported that while in “Committee of the Whole” the matter of initiating the Group Insurance Scheme for this Council’ S Wages Staff had been considered and explain the tree addresses were heard from the Honourable J. Tyrrell M.L.C. (Secretary of the Federated Municipal & Shire Councils Employees’ Union of Australia” and Mr J B Sharpe (President of the National Mutual Life Association of Australia) and your Committee now recommends further consideration of this proposal be deferred and in the meantime the Secretary of the Local Government Association of N.S.W. (A R Bluett) be asked if the Council has the power under the provisions of the Local Government Act and Ordinances made thereunder

  1. To enter into an Agreement with a Mutual Live Association for the Group Insurance of the Members of its Wages Staff?
  2. To compel Members of such Wages Staff to contribute to a Group Insurance Scheme?
  3. To deduct sum of 2/-per week from the Men’s Wages as a contribution to such Group Insurance Scheme?
  4. To subsidise the 2/-contributed weekly by the Meeting by a similar amount contributed from the Council’s Funds?
  5. To impound and hold the Workmen’s Insurance Policy’s so as to prevent money being borrowed on them without Council’s consent.
  6. To recover a fair and of the Policies Surrender Value established by the amount of the Council’s subsidy in the event of the Workman leaving Council’s employ before the Policy matures.

And also asking if in the event of the answer to any of the foregoing questions being in the negative would the Council legally obtain such power or powers by provisions being made for such compulsory Group Insurance in an Award made and gazetted by the Counciliation Committee regulating Salaries etc of Wages Staff of Municipal & Shire Councils.”

3833 Purchase of 2 1 ½ Ton Motor Lorries.

Your committee also consider the advisability of purchasing 2 1 ½ ton Motor Libraries for Council’s Transport work in the Engineer’s Department and now recommends “That the further consideration of this matter be deferred pending enquiries as to the relative merits of the “Bedford” “Morris” “Ford” or other types of Motor Lorries and in the meantime it be left in the hands of the Mayor and Engineer to engaged temporary Motor Lorries – the Drivers to be Residence of our Municipality on the Newtown Electoral Roll.

Alderman Ryan moved “That the Report of the “Committee of the Whole Council” be “Received” and adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman F A Newnham and carried.

3834 Alderman Roberts re Vote of Thanks to Alderman Richardson Mr J B Sharpe J Tyrrell MLC.

Alderman Roberts moved a vote of thanks to Messrs J Tyrrell M.L.C. And J B Sharpe for their attendance at the Meeting of the Council to explain the details of the Group Insurance Scheme and also to Alderman W C Richardson of the Marrickville Council and expressed the hope that it would not be long before the Council have the pleasure of these Gentleman’s Company again.”

Seconded by Alderman F A Newnham and carried by acclamation.

The Visitors suitably responded.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday the 12th of February 1935.

Signed D. Hitchen, Deputy Town Clerk     R.Goddard, Mayor.

324 King Street, the Bank Hotel

by Sam Roderick

The Bank Hotel on King Street Newtown dates back to 1880 at which time Ralph Mason was the proprietor. The Bank Hotel was a popular location during this period for community and group meetings. Groups such as the Newtown Stonemasons and the Newtown Football Club would regularly meet at the 034712Bank Hotel.

In front of the Bank Hotel was where all outward trams diverged off to St. Peters, Enmore and other places making it one of the busiest parts of Newtown. During this period there was no shelter from heavy rain or fierce heat for waiting tram passengers so they would often seek shelter under the verandah of the Bank Hotel.

In 1912 Newtown celebrated the Jubilee of the incorporation of the Municipality on December 12th 1862, there was a week of Jubilee activities that saw the Bank Hotel decorated along with most of King Street.

In 1913 the Hotel became known as ‘Croads Bank Hotel’ when Mr. Martyn Hyland Croad became the owner.

Applications for liquor licences, at the time, were required to be accompanied by a plan or sketch of the premises to be submitted to NSW Licensing Courts in the Sydney Metropolitan Area for approval. As such, during Mr. Croad’s ownership of the Bank Hotel, architect George A Marsh drew up a plan of the premises to be submitted to the NSW Licensing Courts in May 1916, the application was approved in June 1916. (A portion of the ground floor plan is available through the NSW State Archives and Records, record series Plans of Licensed Premises: Hotel Plans).

034721Mr Croad, passed away in 1916, leaving a widow, two sons and a daughter. As executor of Mr. Croad’s will his widow Isabella Sophia Croad transferred the licence to herself in 1917 before transferring the Bank Hotel to John Scott in 1918.

The Bank Hotel had a long list of owners and proprietors over the coming years including George Lilya, Henry Reid, Thomas Dowd, W. Meadows, Oswald Kennedy, James Heaney and H. Donnison. The hotel was remodelled in the 1930s.

In 1952 Mr. Francis William Metcalf became the licencee of the hotel and it became known as Metcalf’s Bank Hotel.

On the 4th of June 2010 an electrical fire occurred in the basement of the Bank Hotel, fortunately the fire was contained and extinguished before any damage was done to the historic hotel. The Bank Hotel still operates and remains a popular spot on King Street.056036

Images

(c1912) The Junction, Newtown: 034/034712. [Image]. City of Sydney. Archivepix

(c1912). Bank Hotel, Newtown: 034/034721. [Image]. City of Sydney: Archive Pix

(2009). View across the Bridge: 056/056036. [Image]. City of Sydney: Archive Pix

 

References

(1884, Sep 6), “Newtown and St. Peters Roads”, Balmain Observer and Western Suburbs Advertiser (NSW: 1884-1907), p. 3. Retrieved from Trove.

(1886, Feb 3), “Newtown Stonemasons”, Evening News (Sydney, NSW: 1869-1931), p. 3. Retrieved from Trove.

(1895, Mar 30), “Newtown Club”, The Daily Telegraph (Sydney, NSW: 1883-1923), p. 11. Retrieved from Trove.

(1912, Dec 9), “The Jubilee of Newtown”, Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842-1954), p. 8. Retrieved from Trove.

(1916, Nov 4), “The Death of Mr. M. Croad”, The Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Observer (NSW: 1898-1954), p. 4. Retrieved from Trove.

(1917, Jan 26), “Licensing Court”, Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842-1954), p. 3. Retrieved from Trove.

(1918, Feb 8), “Hotel Transfers”, The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842-1954), p. 4. Retrieved from Trove.

(1927, Jul 16), “Obituary”, The Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser (NSW: 1891-1937), p. 3. Retrieved from Trove.

(1952, May 27), “Cellist to Run City Hotel”, Sydney Morning Herald (NSW: 1842-1954), p. 3. Retrieved from Trove.

(2010, Jun 4), “Fire crews battle fire at historic hotel”, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

State Archives and Records NSW

Flynn, C. (1994) King Street in the Twentieth century 1900-1950. Marrickville Council, Library Services Division.

Historical Atlas of Sydney

Howard, R. 1991. King Street / Enmore Road Main Street study: heritage paint scheme. Councils of South Sydney and Marrickville

Sands Directory

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