Wednesday 27th January 1904

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm.



The Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and Aldermen Smith, Elstub, King, Jones, Fallick, Archibald, Rigg, Abigail, Ibbotson and Howe.



The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.



From Louis D Cohen applying for registration as a Rag picker and bottle dealer and forwarding 2/6 registration fee.  Received and to be considered in conjunction with the Inspectors report.

From A W Green Chairman Relief Boards Office offering to supply hand broken metal equal to or slightly lower rates than are often paid for machine broken metal.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Duncan Salmon intimating that his connection with the business hitherto carried on under the style of the South Coast Quarries has ceased except as to compliance with current contracts and that his business will henceforth be carried on under the style of the Kiama Road Metal Company Limited.  Received.

From the Secretary Fire Brigades Board forwarding Statement of the estimated expenditure of the Board for the current year together with a memo of the sum now due by this Council viz:

£115.9.2.  Received.



The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 29th of December 1903 amounting to £746.10.1 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £794.17.3.  Moved by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith and carried: “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”


The Lighting Committee

submitted their report dated 21st of January with recommendations respecting various proposals for the erection of new lamps and removal of others.  Acting Chairman (Alderman Howe) moved: “That the Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.


The Borough Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of the 29th December 1903 as follows:

Bank Balance Dr at 29th December £259.16.1

Cheques issued                 746.10.1

Deposits                                            498.3.11

Bank Balance Dr                  508.2.3 £1006.6.2  £1006.6.2



The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works completed under his supervision during the past fortnight and works now in hand.  Received.


The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other matters reported (1) that it had been found necessary for absence from and neglect of duty to dismiss one of the blocks boys (2) with reference to premises number 9 O’Connell Street which the occupant desire the Council to register as a Rag picker and bottle dealers depot recommend that as the place is unsuitable and situated in a densely populated centre the application be not granted and (3) that premises number 13 Prospect Street being in an insanitary condition recommend that the owner be served with the sanitary notice and failing compliance steps taken to obtain a closing order under the Public Health Act.  Received and the portions of the report referring to the Rag picker and number 13 O’Connell Street referred to the Sanitary Committee.


Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Jones moved:

1 “That the kerb and gutter in Dickson Lane both sides be completed 200 yards at an estimated cost of £77.10.0 and that the carriageway be formed and ballasted at an estimated cost of £65 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.


The Mayor moved:

2 “that the Mayor be and is hereby authorised to affix the Corporate Seal to the By laws adopted by the Council on the 8th December 1903.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.


This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 16 day of February 1904.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.


Nomination Day

2nd February 1904


Punctually at 12 o’clock the Returning Officer (the Mayor) Alderman Salmon attended at the Town Hall and in the presence of a large number of ratepayers assembled publicly read the Advertisement calling the meeting and also the nomination of Aldermen and Auditors as follows: –


As Alderman

Enmore Ward

Walter Gledhill Estate agent 32 Newman Street Newtown

Nominated by Henry Task Freeholder 31 Dickson Street Newtown William Henry Edwards Produce Merchant 98 Chapel Street Marrickville and others.

James Herbert Hitchcock Estate agent 47 John Street Marrickville; Nominated by Francis Brown Palfrey Master Butcher 6 Marian Street Newtown Henry William O’Keefe Civil Servant 6 Ferndale Street Newtown and others.

George Edmund Moate Builder 135 Maria Street Newtown; Nominated by Harold T Morgan Solicitor Segenhoe Street Arncliffe Gilbert Miller Blacksmith Simmons Street and others.


Camden Ward

Frederick Jones Leather Merchant 13 Newman Street Newtown; Nominated by Thomas Williams Marrickville; Richard Heath Builder Newman Street Newtown and others.


O’Connell Ward

John Rossell King Carriage to Missenden Road  Newtown; Nominated by Thomas Williamson Boilermaker Pine Street; James Spring Freeholder 5 Queen Street Newtown and others.

Charles Ernest Willey Hairdresser Georgina Street Newtown; Nominated by John William Hansen Rumpf Traveller 8 King Street Newtown; William Greenwood Produce Merchant 241 King Street Newtown and others.


Kingston Ward

James Francis Smith M L A Land Agent 68 Denison Street Newtown; Nominated by J E watchmaker 283 King Street Newtown; capital W Williams Chemist 281 King Street Newtown and others – unopposed – and declared duly elected.


As Auditors

William Henry Cadogan Accountant 20 Linthorpe Street Newtown; Nominated by Richard Heath Builder 24 Newman Street Newtown; Hugh Macready Bookseller 379 King Street Newtown and others.


William Marshall Accountant Scouller Street Marrickville nominated by Charles G Heatte Merchant King Street Newtown; A G Horton Merchant King Street Newtown and others.


Henry Horatio Ralph Civil Servant 14 Ferndale Street Newtown; Nominated by George Hewish Freeholder Trade Street Newtown; Valentine Hermann Freeholder Myrtle Street North Sydney and others.


The Returning Officer intimated that as there were more candidates than the number of Aldermen required for the Enmore Camden and O’Connell Wards and also for the office of Auditors a Poll will be taken on Saturday 6th instant commencing at 8:00 am and closing at 5 pm.


Polling Places

Enmore Ward New Dispensary Hall Enmore Road.

Camden Ward St Georges Hall King Street (George Street Entrance).

Kingston Ward Town Hall Bedford Street (for Auditors).

O’Connell Ward Methodist School Hall King Street.

The Official declaration of the Poll will be made at the Town Hall on Monday 8th at 10:00 am.

The usual vote of thanks to the Returning Officer terminated the proceedings.

Signed JM Salmon, Mayor and Returning Officer



Polling Day

On Saturday 6 February 1904 a Poll was taken of the election of three Aldermen to represent the Enmore Camden and O’Connell Ward and two Auditors with the following results.


Enmore Ward

James Herbert Hitchcock    266

George Moate        240

Walter Gledhill        142

Informal            16

Majority for Hitchcock        26


Camden Ward

William Edwards      341

Frederick Jones        173

Informal            10

Majority for Edwards          168


O’Connell Board

John Rossell King      217

Charles Ernest Wiley      184

Informal              7

Majority for King            33


William Henry Cadogan    930

Henry Horatio Ralph      907

William Marshall      895

Informal            71

Majority for Cadigan           35

Majority for Ralph            12


At 10 o’clock on Monday morning 8th of February at the Town Hall Messrs James Herber Hitchcock William Edwards and John Rossell King were duly declared elected Aldermen to represent the Enmore Camden and O’Connell Wards respectively in the Borough Council of Newtown for the next ensuing three years; and Messrs W H Cadogan and H H Ralph Auditors for the Municipal Year 1904 – 1905.


Signed J M Salmon, Mayor and Returning Officer.



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