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

PRESENT

his worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Turtle, Lawler, Cousins, Elstub, Macready, Lewis, Smith, Edwards and are Rigg.

APOLOGIES

apologies for unavoidable absence were received from Alderman Clegg and Morgan.

MINUTES

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

Alderman Turtle obtained leave to move: that a letter under corporate seal be sent to Alderman Morgan expressive of this Council’s deepest sympathy in connection with the sad bereavement which he and the members of his family had experienced by the decease of his beloved mother.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from the Secretary Newtown United Friendly Society’s dispensary asking for an additional lamp at the corner of Reiby Street and Reiby Lane.

Received and Referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

A letter from the Department of Public Instruction per favour of R. Hollis Esq M. L. A. intimating that the matter of the dedication of the land at the corner of Wilson and Fitzroy streets is with the Lands Department for completion.

Received.

Letter from the Secretary for Railways covering plan of new approaches to the St Peter’s railway station.

Received

Letter from J. Blane for permission to affix an advertisement on the wall of premises occupied by P. C. Horne, chemist, corner of Enmore Road and Station street.

Received and granted on the recommendation of the Works committee.

Letter from J. Stevenson complaining of the construction of workshop adjoining his premises 23 Trade St., Newtown.

Received, the writer to be informed that the building is being erected in accordance with the plan approved, but the builder would be requested to refrain from causing him any annoyance by his workmen or otherwise.

Letter from E. Campbell offering 15 per annum for the lawn tennis courts at L’Avenue.

Received and the applicant to be informed that the offer cannot be entertained.

Letter from A.J. Burke asking for reconsideration of the Council’s decision re granting him compensation for alleged accident in Brown Street.

Resolved that the letter be received and the bright informed that the Council’s previous decision in this matter cannot be departed from.

Letter from Town Clerk Sydney intimating that the work in Boundary Lane will be proceeded with.

Letter from Department of public health covering report of chemical examination of samples of milk from the municipality of Newtown, all of which were found to be correct.

Received.

Application from R.F. Gates for Council’s approval of plan of buildings in Bedford Street.

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Further letter from W. May re proposal to erect lock-up shop facing in Bedford Street. Received and consideration deferred pending consideration of the Works committee report in the matter.

Letter from Mrs Bullen and family acknowledging Council’s letter of sympathy in connection with the decease of her husband the late James Bullen.

Petition from Dr Foster and others asking for additional light in Brown Street.

Received and referred to the lighting committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted the usual monthly report as contained on folios 144-5 of the report book and 95 of the special report book which recommended that accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £887:3:1 be confirmed, and accounts submitted amounting to £840:13:5 be paid, total payments from general fund since last meeting £1726:16:6

It was also recommended in accordance with clause 2of regulation 6 that the sum of £511:10:0 be voted from the general fund to carry out the following Works:-

Bedford Street: turn up kerbs at disused vehicle entrances and repair asphalt foot paths around new Theatre £10: 10:0

Whatley Street: connect drain from Messrs Coffill’s into Council’s stormwater drain £1:0:0

Edgeware Road re-metal carriageway 22 ft. wide from Enmore Road to Harrow Road and when consolidated top dress with tar £350:0:0

Erskineville road: re-metal from the Erskineville boundary to Union Street (Erskineville Council to pay half) £150:0:0

£511:10:0

It was recommended that the formal application which had been approved by the committee for the Governor’s approval to borrow the sum of £36,000 to repay a loan of £36,000, be now forwarded to the Governor under the corporate seal of the Council.

In a matter of the Enmore and Newtown citizens brass band application for financial assistance, the committee recommended that the applicants be informed that is regretted the request cannot be acceded to at the present time.

In a matter of the application from F. Ford, junior clerk, for increase in salary the committee recommended that an increase of five shillings per week the granted as from 1stJuly.

In a matter of valuation and compiling of lists of electors for the ensuing triennial period, the committee recommended that tenders be invited from persons competent to collect the required information and compile lists of electors for the Camden, Enmore, O’Connell and Kingston wards of this municipality for the triennial period beginning 1 Jan 1914, and that the town clerk (W. G. Salmon) be appointed valuer to the municipality of Newtown for the triennial period ending 31 Dec 1916, with power to obtain such expert assistance as the Finance committee shall approve.

Alderman Turtle moved that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and the recommendations re votes of appropriation £511:10:0, application for Governor’s approval to borrow the sum of £36,000 under the corporate seal, application from the Enmore and Newtown citizens brass band, application from F. Ford, junior clerk, and a matter of valuation and compiling of list of electors are carried into effect, and the town clerk (W. G. Salmon) be and is hereby appointed, valuer for the triennial period ending 31 Dec 1916.

Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried.

The monthly financial statement under regulation six to 30 Jun 1913 was received and laid upon the table.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) as chairman of the Works committee submitted a report of meetings held 26th June and 1 Jul 1913 containing recommendations 1 to 13 inclusive as set forth on folios 252-256 of the committee’s report book.

Resolved that the report be received and the recommendations considered Seriatim. The following recommendations were received and adopted and ordered to be carried into effect. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13. Proposals 2 and 3 re Electric light change colour sign and proposal from W. May to rent a portion of land with frontage to Bedford Street were considered, concurrently.

Alderman Edwards moved that the report of the Works committee on these two matters be adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Turtle that the question of leasing this portion of land be referred to the Finance committee to report on at its next meeting.

The amendment of the seconded by Alderman Macready and lost.

The original motion was then submitted and declared carried.

Item 4 relative to children’s playground was then submitted and Alderman Rigg moved: that all words in the recommendations after the word Council be eliminated, the recommendations would then read: that the fence at the children’s playground be altered to enclose the portion recently dedicated to the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Rigg submitted a report of his evidence given before the royal commission on greater Sydney on Wednesday 18 Jun 1913 which was received and adopted.

Alderman Macready moved: that the best thanks of the Council be extended to Alderman Rigg for the able manner in which he had placed the Council’s views in opposition to a greater Sydney scheme before the royal commission.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and supported by his worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield), Alderman Elstub and Lewis and carried unanimously.

Alderman Rigg expressed his appreciation of the compliment extended to him.

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

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folios 25 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received and adopted, the application is mentioned in paragraph 2 granted.

A further report from the Sanitary Inspector asking for permission to serve notices under the provisions of the Public health Act 1902 on the owners of properties 8, 10, and 16 Little Queen St. to abate nuisances arising from dampness etc.was submitted, and it was resolved that the notices in question be served.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Edwards moved:-

“that it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the best means and probable cost re placing the carriageway of Angel Street, western end, in a proper state of repair.”

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 15 Jul 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 15th day of July 1913, at 7.30 o’clock p.m..

PRESENT.

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

APOLOGIES.

Apologies for unavoidable absence were received from Alderman Morgan, Clegg, Cousins and Elstub.

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.

Letters from M.T. Morgan and Mrs G. Crozier thanking the Council for the kind expressions of sympathy.

Received.

Letter from the United Charities Fund asking permission to make the usual annual Street collection on Saturday 11 Oct 1913.

Alderman Turtle moved that the application be received and permission as desired granted.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Letter from Secretary for Railways intimating that repairs to wood blocks corner of King and Lord streets had been carried out.

Received.

Letter from E. Campbell, Sydney Training College offering 20 per annum for the tennis courts at L’Avenue.

Received and the writer to be informed that the application cannot be entertained.

Letter from the Alexandria Council asking cooperation in an application to the Chief Commissioner for Railways and Tramways asking him to have an effective light placed on the pole situated in the centre of King Street between Concord St Erskineville and Mitchell Road Alexandria.

Alderman Turtle moved that the communication be received and cooperation as desired granted.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

Letter from Joseph Brown resigning his position as caretaker.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Turtle that the resignation be accepted and the matter of making temporary provision for carrying out the duties left in the Mayor’s hands, and that a letter be sent to Mr Brown expressing this Council’s appreciation of his past long services.

Letter from A.T. Curtis making application to place a sign on the balcony of his premises 190 King St., Newtown.

On the recommendation of the Works committee it was resolved that the application be refused as the sign in question would constitute a breach of this Council’s regulations governing signs.

Letter from J. Stevenson drawing attention to the confusion caused by duplicate numbers in Cambridge street within the municipalities of Newtown and Petersham.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands to see a some steps can be taken to avoid the nuisance complained of.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor as chairman of the Works and Specifications Committees submitted report of the meetings held on Monday 14 Jul 1913 as contained on folios 256-257 of the Works Committees report book adopted.

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 Folio 26 of the sanitary inspector’s report book and it was resolved that the report be received and the application as mentioned in paragraph three granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

(a) “that the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd. be requested to consider the question of abolishing the meter rental is now charged to users of their current within the municipality of Newtown.”

Seconded by Alderman Macready.

Alderman Lewis expressed the opinion that the motion was not in order and asked for the Mayor’s ruling, the Mayor ruled the motion in order and it was carried on division of voting being as follows:-

Ayes: His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Turtle, Smith, Macready and Lawler.

Noes: Alderman Lewis, Rigg, and Edwards.

(b) “the communication enclosing a copy of the foregoing resolution be forwarded to councils of the municipalities of Balmain, Leichhardt and Ashfield requesting their cooperation in making a similar request.”

Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried on division of voting being as follows.

Ayes: His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Turtle, Smith, Macready and Lawler.

Noes: Alderman Lewis, Rigg and Edwards.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned:-

By Alderman Turtle who referred to the very sudden death of one of the councils contractors Mr William Eaton, and moved that a letter be sent to his widow expressing the sympathy of this Council.

Seconded by aldermen Rigg and carried.

By Alderman Lewis congratulating the Mayor on the prompt action he had taken with reference to the outbreak of smallpox in the adjoining municipalities.

His worship the Mayor thanked Alderman Lewis for this complimentary reference and mentioned that Dr G. Hall Bohrsmann was the first to offer on Friday fourth instant to vaccinate free of charge at the town Hall Newtown. Although it was found unnecessary to accept the doctor’s offer on account of other arrangements being made by the Department of public health to vaccinated daily at the town Hall, Newtown, he nonetheless appreciated the generous offer and moved that a letter under corporate seal be forwarded to Dr G. Hall Bhrsmann thanking him for the offer made.

Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried.

Alderman Lawler asked that a further letter be sent to the Railway Commissioner’s drawing attention to the need for repairs at the Newtown goods siding.

Alderman Edwards asked that where necessary the gutters be repaired with concrete in Munni, Angel, Newman, Lord, Commodore, Darley, Wells and Pearl streets.

Alderman Edwards also drew attention to doors at the Enmore Theatre which were not hung in accordance with the ordinances.

His worship the Mayor said he would have these matters attended to.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed and ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 29 Jul 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield, mayor.

W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.


Minutes of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 29th day of July 1913, at 7:30 p.m. o’clock.

PRESENT.

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

APOLOGIES.

Apologies were received from Alderman Rigg and Lawler.

MINUTES.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letters from the Leichhardt, Ashfield and Balmain councils and Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd re rental charges of electric meters were received.

Letter from the Secretary for Railways intimating that the Council’s request re additional lighting on St Peter’s Bridge for the convenience of tram passengers would be granted.

Alderman Edwards moved: “that the letter be received and the Railway Commissioners thanked for their courtesy in the matter.”

Seconded by Alderman Cousins and carried.

Further letter from the Railway Commissioners intimating that the matter of the removal of the clock on the Newtown station premises has had further consideration and the Chief Commissioner cannot see his way clear to comply with the Council’s request, as the provision of clocks for public convenience is considered to be one for the municipal authorities to deal with.

His worship the Mayor intimated that if the Council wished it he would be willing to bear the expense of replacing the clock.

It was thought that the matter would be better letter that the railway commissioners and the letter was received.

Letters from Messrs H. T. Morgan and Morgan asking if the only objection this Council has to the plans of the proposed new Oxford hotel, corner of King and Eliza streets, Newtown, is the matter of the building line.

It was resolved that the letters be received and his worship the Mayor to obtain information for submission to the Works committee for report the Council regarding the matter at the next ordinary meeting.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Chief Secretary’s office intimating that the Crown Solicitor has advised that the local government act being a general act does not override on repeal the special act 31 Victoria No. 2 governing the rights of persons having exclusive rights of interment in the old Camperdown Cemetery.

It was resolved that the letter be received and that a letter be sent to the Colonial Secretary asking him not to sanction any further burials in the Cemetery in question under the provisions of act 31 Victoria No. 2.

Letter from the Secretary United Charities Fund asking permission to erect signs in connection with their street collection.

Received and permission granted on the motion of Alderman Clegg seconded by Alderman Turtle.

Application from C. Moyer, Redfern, to sell flowers on the main road King Street was received and refused.

Letter from the Secretary Newtown brass band for permission to play in the streets of Newtown and make collections to raise funds to enable the band to compete at the Ballarat A Grade championship contest in October next was received and permission granted on the motion of Alderman Clegg seconded by Alderman Morgan.

Applications for council’s approval of plans and specifications were received from R.A. Reynolds, H. Cohen, J. E. Campbell, Schmidt Brothers and T. P. Sampson.

Received and referred to Works committee for report.

REPORTS

The balance sheet for period ending 30 Jun 1913 was submitted together with a report of the auditors Messrs W. H. Cadogan & Co certifying to the correctness of same.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Turtle seconded by Alderman Clegg that the auditors report and balance sheet for the period ending 30 Jun 1913 be received and adopted.

The Finance committee submitted the usual monthly report as contained on folio 96 of the report book and 1 of the warrant book which recommended that accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £388:15: 9

be confirmed, and accounts submitted amounting to £930:17: 5

be paid. Total payments from general fund of since last meeting £1319:13:2

The monthly financial statement disclosing credit bank balance to 29/7/13 of £3809:9:0 was also laid upon the table.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Edwards seconded by Alderman Macready that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, accounts confirmed and paid.

His worship the Mayor as chairman of the lighting committee submitted a report of the meeting held on 28 Jul 1913 as contained on folio 258-259 of the report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Lewis seconded by Alderman Elstub that the report be received and adopted and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.

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

The sanitary inspector of submitted his report as contained on folio 27 of the sanitary inspectors report book and it was resolved that the report be received and adopted, and the applications mentioned in paragraph two granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Macready moved:-

“that it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of repairing the foot paths in Bailey Street between Short and Holt streets.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

“That a letter be sent to the Marrickville Council asking if they are prepared to pay half the cost of carrying out the necessary repairs to Edgeware Road from Harrow Road to Lord Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned:-

By Alderman Edwards drawing attention to the necessity for repairs to asphalt footpath in Wells and John streets.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) called attention to the very satisfactory nature of the balance sheet in connection with the Newtown Jubilee fund which had been published in the Chronicle of the preceding week showing an income of over 700 and accounting in a very satisfactory manner for the whole of the expenditure, leaving a small credit. The whole of the Jubilee festivities, receipts and expenditure was now closed, and closed very satisfactorily and on behalf of the committee he had pleasure in handing the town clerk and honorary Secretary (Mr W. G. Salmon) a small souvenir in the shape of the gold sovereign purse suitably inscribed as a slight recognition of the very valuable services rendered. Alderman Lewis, Morgan and Turtle supported mayor’s remarks and the town clerk expressed his great appreciation of the gift.

There being no further business to the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 12 Aug 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor

W. G. Salmon Town Clerk


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