Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 4th day of November, 1913, at 7.30 o’clock p.m..

Present.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Clegg, Turtle, Elstub, Morgan, Macready, Smith and Edwards.

Apologies.

Apologies were received from Alderman Rigg, Lawler, Cousins and Lewis.

Minutes.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Edwards seconded by Alderman Turtle.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Public Instruction asking that a portion of the children’s playground at L’Avenue to be set aside for use as lawn tennis courts by the students of the Teachers College.

Alderman Clegg moved that the letter be received and the Undersecretary referred to a letter from the Hon Campbell Carmichael (Minister of Public Instruction) dated 25th March, 1913, in which he especially urged that this small area of land be conserved for the use of the children, and further explaining that the portion of land in question had been fitted as an infants playground, and Council therefore regret they could not comply with request of the Undersecretary.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Letter from the Manager, Peacock Jam Co., Ltd, acknowledging council’s estimate for the cost of two new vehicle entrances at the new premises Camden Street, and offering to pay 11 being one half the cost of the work, and further asking that the kerbing in front of the building be repaired.

Alderman Clegg moved that a letter be received, the matter of kerbing repairs referred to the Works committee for report and the applicant informed that the special vehicle entrances asked for would be constructed provided the applicant paid the full cost of the work.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub.

The Town Clerk intimated that the two vehicle entrances in Alice Street recently constructed for the same firm, and also oneat Konig and Co. in the same Street, had been constructed by the Council on condition that one half the cost was paid.

Alderman Morgan moved as an amendment on the motion that the present application be received and granted, the applicant to pay one half the cost as offered.

Seconded by Alderman Smith.

The amendment was declared lost, and the substantive motion was then submitted and declared carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Sydney City Mission asking permission to make their ninth annual Street collection in this municipality on the 13th December, 1913.

Received and permission granted.

Letter from the Postmaster General’s Department intimating that they are about to construct an earthenware telephone conduit from the Newtown railway bridge to Stanmore Road.

Received.

Letter from W. H. Jeffries protesting on behalf of the Newtown District Local Union of Christian Endeavour against the licensing of the Olympia Athletic Hall, King Street, Newtown for boxing contests.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Turtle seconded by Alderman Edwards that the letter be received and the writer informed that this Council has no jurisdiction over this class of building, the licence being granted by the Hon Chief Secretary under the provision of the “Theatres and Public Halls Act”.

In connection with this matter His worship the Mayor intimated that he had noticed by a report in the Sydney Morning Herald, that a deputation of clergyman waited upon the Chief Secretary on October 31 to protest against the Olympia Athletic Hall being licensed. The Reverend J. W. Holden a member of the deputation had expressed the opinion that Newtown was a place where drink predominated, adding he had never seen such drunkenness as he had at Newtown. The Mayor said this statement amazed him, as he had found on a perusing the report of the Inspector General of Police for the year ending December 31, 1912, that the percentage of convictions of drunken and disorderly persons in the metropolitan area was 2. 33. The same report disclosed that in the Newtown district which includes Newtown, St Peter’s, Erskinevill, and Camperdown the percentage of convictions of drunken and disorderly persons was 1. 26. It would thus be seen that the comparison is distinctly favorable to Newtown and its staff of capable police officers, and that the statement made by the member of the deputation was very misleading.

Letter from R.Hollis Esq, MLA, asking permission to a fixed small calico election sign on balcony railing is over this Council’s footpath.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the application refused.

Letter from “Roffs” asking for permission to erect a hoarding on Mr Eve’s land in King Street Newtown opposite their existing holding on Lawsons ground.

Received and refused.

Application from J. Fay for permission to place two prismatic lights in front of his new Enmore hotel, was received and granted on the recommendation of the Works committee.

Application from HJ. Delfendahl from for an alteration of the shade on electric light in front of his new premises in Forbes Street, Newtown, was received and granted on the recommendation of the lighting committee.

Letter from G. Hewish intimating that he cannot see his way clear to give the 3 ft. of land in Norfolk Street to widen the footpath as requested by the Council.

Received

Letter from the Secretary, Department of Public Health covering 13 samples of milk all of which were found to be correct.

Received.

Letter from the Director General of Public Works covering Governor’s approval dated 21st October, 1913 for the leasing of certain land vested in the Council, but not required for the purposes of the Council to Edward Thorne.

Received.

Application from Mrs Bardon to extend the shop window on premises, corner of Enmore Road and London Street.

Received and approval granted.

Letter from Gissing Bros. intimating that they had unwittingly committed a breach of ordinance 70 by commencing additions to their building in Brock’s lane without first complying with the provisions of the ordinance by asking for the approval of the Council to plan and specification now submitted.

Received and approval granted subject to the Overseer of Works approval of the building erected.

PETITIONS.

A petition was received from J. Moulang, R. & B. Obden and 25 others praying for relief from the clanging noises caused by steel loadings passing along the main thoroughfare.

His worship the Mayor intimated that he had found on inquiry that a new regulation dealing with this matter had just received (under the provisions of the Metropolitan Traffic Act) the assent of the Legislative Council.

Alderman Morgan moved that a letter be sent to the manager of the Sydney Steel company, calling his attention to the nuisance complained of and the regulation made, and asking him to take such steps as will obviate the noises complained of, and that the petitioners be notified accordingly.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted to the report of the meeting held 4th November 1913 as contained on Folio 100 of the finance committee’s report book which recommended that the Mayor be and is hereby authorised to complete and sign (under corporate seal) the lease for land adjoining the town Hall, Newtown now approved by the committee.

Alderman Macready moved that the finance committee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted the report of the Works Committee as contained on Folio 275 and 6of the report book and containing recommendations 1 to 4.

Alderman Clegg moved that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

His worship at the Mayor submitted the report of the Lighting Committee as contained on Folio 277/9 of the report book and containing recommendations 1 to 7.

Alderman Turtle moved that the lighting committee’s report be received and adopted and recommendations carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried.

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight, which was received.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on Folios 34 and 5 of the sanitary inspector’s report book; it was resolved that the report be received, application mentioned in paragraph 3 granted, authority given as asked for in paragraph 5, and the inspector’s action outlined in paragraph 6 be endorsed.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICED.

Alderman Edwards moved:-

that the tar paved crossing at the intersection of Wells and Commodore streets be broken up and trachyte cubes substituted at an estimated cost of £13.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 18 Nov 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor.

W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.


Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 18th day of November, 1913, at 7.30 o’clock p.m..

Present.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Clegg, Turtle, Lawler, Elstub, Lewis, Smith, Edwards and Rigg.

Apologies.

Apologies were received from Alderman Macready, Cousins and Morgan.

Minutes.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Rigg seconded by Alderman Lawler.

His worship the Mayor and Alderman Turtle expressed their pleasure at again seeing Alderman Lawler at the Council meeting, and trust that he had thoroughly recovered from his recent severe sickness, also expressing their pleasure that Alderman Rigg had returned to the Council Chambers after his holiday trip. Alderman Lawler and Alderman Rigg suitably responded.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from T. E. Wilkinson S. M., intimating that the Revision Court for the revising of lists of electors will be held at the Police Court, Newtown, on Friday the fifth day of December, 1913.

Received

Letter from the Undersecretary, Chief Secretary’s office, intimating that Mr S. D. Richardson had applied for a licence under the “Theatres and Public Halls Act, 1908” in respect of a proposed boxing stadium to be erected on a site at Eliza Street, Newtown, and inquiring whether or not there would be any objection on the part of this Council to the issue of the necessary permits, if it is found a site in question can be made to comply with the requirements of the regulations under the before mentioned act.

Alderman Lewis moved that the letter be received, and the Under Secretary informed that this Council is strongly objects to the issue of boxing permits in connection with the proposed building in Eliza Street, Newtown.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Letter from the Manager, Peacock Jam Co., intimating that his company is not inclined to pay the full cost of the two new vehicle entrances to their premises Camden Street, and asking that the present entrances be patched up.

Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Branch of the Australasian Socialistic Party asking for permission to take up collections at their election meetings.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and the application refused.

Letter from J. M. Denman thanking the Council on behalf of himself and co-petitioners for the new electric light in Queen Street.

Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Brass Band, intimating that Mr E. P. Kerry has been elected conductor and bandmaster vice Mr William May.

Received.

Letter from Mr W. May intimating that his connection with the Newtown Brass Band as conductor has ceased, and thanking Council for their courtesy and kindness during the past three years.

Received.

Letter from that Secretary, Sydney Steel Company, Ltd asking the Council to suggest a remedy for the noise made by jinkers loaded with steel passing along the main business thoroughfare.

Received.

Letter from F. Dimond intimating that he is not prepared to give a strip of land 3 ft. up wide offer his property to widen the footpath of Norfolk Street but will be prepared to treat with the Council for the sale thereof.

Letter from the Director General of Public Works offering 12 copies of the reports and plans submitted by the Royal Commission on the improvement of the City of Sydney.

Received and the offer accepted.

Letter from the Secretary, Public Health Department covering analysis of 10 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct.

Letter from A. Fleming asking that the footpath be brick paved in front of his new cottage 20 Darley St. on condition that he paid one half the cost of the work.

Alderman Edwards moved that the letter be received and the application granted, the work to be carried out forthwith.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

Letter from J. Brennan asking permission to exhibit calico sign on the balcony of the Odd Fellows Hall, Enmore Road, in connection with St. Pius Church Bazaar for a period of eight days.

Alderman Lewis moved that the letter be received and the application granted.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Applications for permission to build were received from F. Dimond 29 Angel St., and C. Jones 56 Wells St., and were referred to the Works Committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted their usual monthly report as contained on Folio 101 of the report book, and five of the warrant book which recommended:-

(a) that accounts paid under those appropriations since last meetingamounting to £616:8:1 be confirmed, and accounts submitted amounting to £614:8:0 be paid, total payments from General fund since last meeting £1230:16:1

(b) Trust Fund:-refund of tender deposits to collectors of lists of electors £4: 0:0

(c) it was further recommended that the sum of £361 be voted from the General Fund to carry out the following Works:-

Missenden Road. Ballast and metal carriageway renew crossings at Richard and Aylesbury streets, new gutter stones west side from King Street to number 16 except crossing at Longdon and Aylesbury Sts. £296:0:0

Bailey Street. Place footpaths in a proper state of repair £10:0:0

May Street. Repair with blue metal (St Peter’s Council to pay 1/2 the the cost). £50:0:0

Hordern Street. Turn up kerb at disused vehicle entrances, break up tar paving and relay in front of Mr Broadley’s new shop, and repair footpath outside where necessary £5:0:0

Total Amount £361:0:0

With reference to the fixed deposit at credit in reserves and renewals account for town Hall repairs, it was recommended that the full amount £313:12:5 together with all interest thereon to date of maturity be transferred to the General Fund towards the cost of Town Hall repairs.

Alderman Turtle moved that the Finance Committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and the whole recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

His worship the Mayor as chairman of the Works Committee submitted a report of meeting held 11 November 1913 as contained on folios 280/2 of the Works committee’s report book, paragraphs 1to 10 included.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Turtle seconded by Alderman Clegg that the report be received and adopted with the exception of the recommendations contained in paragraphs two and four and in these two instances prices be obtained for submission to the Works committee to be reported on at the next meeting.

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of Works completed or in progress since last meeting the truth received.

The Sanitary Inspector’s report as contained on Folio 36 of the sanitary inspector’s report book was received in the applications mentioned in paragraph three granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved that specification committee be and is hereby instructed to prepare specifications for the annual contract for the year commencing 1 Jan 1914.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Lewis drew attention to the need for better supervision at the children’s playground, L’Avenue, on Saturday afternoon and Sunday, and it was resolved to leave the matter in the Mayor’s hands for attention.

Alderman Clegg moved:-that a meeting be arranged of the members of the Council and the principals of the Women’s College, Newtown, North Newtown, and Erskineville schools, to discuss the advisability of approaching the Minister for Education with a view to establishing an open air School at L’Avenue playground, similar to the one recently established at Victoria Park.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed and ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 2 Dec 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor.

W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.


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