Tuesday 12th July 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 Rigg, Archibald, Ibbotson, Morgan, Edwards, Elstub, Hitchcock, King, Abigail and Howe.



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



From Mr D Flinn Secretary to the Citizens Committee on Unemployment applying for the use of the Town Hall for the purpose of holding a public meeting to discuss the question of unemployment over which the Committee would esteem it a favour if the Mayor would preside.

Received and request complied with.

From the Property Secretary of the Salvation Army Melbourne enquiring if there would be any objection on the part of this Council to his constructing Pig styes within the boundaries of the Borough providing all of the necessary conditions are in keeping with the By laws.

Received and request not to be complied with.

From W Taylor Representative of Municipalities in the Fire Brigades Board together with a copy of Mr Superintendent Webb’s report of the result of his investigations of Fire Brigades matters in Europe and America and inviting attention to the paragraphs in the report under the heading of “Recommendations” and “Recommendations for an Amended Fire Brigades Act” and suggesting the holding of a general conference to discuss the matter prior to the legislation action.

Received and proposal approved and adopted.

From the Secretary Australian Gas Light Company notifying that as the result of the recent conference of the Suburban Mayor’s and the Director’s of the Company the Board has decided not to alter in any way the charges hitherto made for Public Lamps in various Municipalities provided that each Council agrees to pay the Company in addition an annual sum equal to the amount payable at the same year by the Company to the Municipalities for rates in respect of the mains and pipes in such Municipalities and that the formal Agreement to give effect to this arrangement is now in the hands of the Printer and will be forwarded as soon as received.

To be considered with the Finance Committee’s report.

From Sarah Henry and James Pemell stating that in consequence of the action of the Workman undermining the wall in the kitchen while making the pathway in Pemell Lane at the rear of Stanmore House the said wall collapsed leaving an opening into the kitchen several feet in circumference.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Lizzie Morris offering on behalf of her husband George Morris the sum of £15 in full satisfaction of the Councils claim of £21 for rates due and owing to 6th February 1905.

Received and writer to be informed that the rates must be paid in full.

From F G Tuck Inspector of Nuisances applying for an increase of salary.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

And Amendment by Alderman Archibald seconded by Alderman Elstub that the letter be considered by the Whole Council in Committee was lost.

From the Secretary Royal Prince Alfred Hospital inviting the Mayor to attend a conference with the Board of Directors of the Hospital for the purpose of considering a scheme for district collecting and improved local organisation the conference to be held on the 5th proximo.

Received and the Mayor to attend.



The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 14th of June amounting to £1016.16.9 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £369.2.9.

Moved by the Mayor “that the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and (adopted) carried.


The Committee also reported having considered the letter from the Australian Gas Light Company dated 13th of May last notifying the Board’s decision to increase the price at present charged for public lamps by the sum of £1 per lamp per annum and the company’s subsequent decision as the result of a conference between the Director’s and suburban Mayors not to alter the charge hitherto made subject to the provisions contained in their letter letter dated the ninth instant recommending that the terms of the Gas Companies later of 9th July instant be accepted.

The Mayor moved: “That the letter from the Australian Gas Company be received and the Committees report as now read be adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.


The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 4th July with recommendations relating to several proposed works referred to them from the Council.  The Mayor moved that the Committees report be and is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.


The Overseer of Works

reported that works carried out and completed under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.


The Overseer

also reported in answer to Mr John Taylor’s letter of 25th June ultimo with reference to the condition of a silt pit in Camden Street and the flooding of his property in Edgeware Road.

Received and with Mr Taylor’s letter referred to the Finance Committee.


The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the Contractors scavenging the various wards as well as the block boys and the night street sweepers were carrying out their works in a satisfactory manner.  Received.


The Mayor

reported having with Aldermen Edwards and Abigail in conjunction with Members of the Municipal Association and representatives from the Conference held here on the 20th ultimo waited upon the Chief Secretary Mr Perry on the 6th instant that the purpose of protesting against the action of the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage in increasing the Water Supply and Sewerage rates when the Minister promised that he would go thoroughly into the whole question and enquire as to whether a lower rate than that proposed by the Board would cover the cost of maintaining existing works and if a lower would suffice it would be carried out.

With regard to the dual control he could not deal with the matter as it would necessitate an Amendment of the Act under which the Board was constituted.

His Worship also reported having with Alderman Hitchcock and representatives from the Camperdown and Darlington Councils waited upon the Minister for Public Works to urge the Government to continue the lighting of the Victoria Park from George West to Bligh Street as heretofore when Mr Bennett promised to consider the matter.  Received.



Alderman Archibald Abigail Elstub and Rigg called attention to several minor matters mostly relating to footpaths requiring repairs and the Mayor said that he would instruct the Overseer to have the needful done.


This being the business the Council rose.


Confirmed this 26th day of July 1904.

Signed W Rigg, Chairman.


Tuesday 26th July 1904

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



Aldermen Elstub, Howe, Edwards, Hitchcock, Abigail, King, Ibbotson, Rigg, Archibald and Smith.

The Council Clerk having apologised for the unavoidable of the Mayor Alderman Abigail moved: “Alderman Rigg take the chair which was seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.



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



From the Under Secretary Chief Secretaries Office asking if the Council will be good enough to adopt the accompanying set of By laws for the better prevention of the spread of plague by rats: for regulating the construction and maintenance of stables produce stores and so on for storage and collection of house refuse and garbage.

Received and referred to the By laws Committee.

From the Medical Officer of Health together with the report on the condition of the milk vendors premises in this district which generally were found to be clean and well kept.

Received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances.

From F Koing relative to a notice received by him from the Inspector of Nuisances asking him to remove a cartbridge over the gutter from Alice Street to his factory stating that it is essential to his business to have a bridge crossing as his goods are breakable but if the Council objects he would be glad to know what it suggests as a substitute.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From H Buckland Headmaster Superior Public School Enmore inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to be present at and Exhibition of School Work in the Town Hall on Wednesday 27th instant at 8:00 pm.

Received and as many as can make it convenient to attend.

From the Honourable Secretary Newtown Brass Band stating that it is proposed to hold a meeting on the 15th August for the purpose of forming a Citizens Committee to assist in the financial management of the Band: that it is intended to ask the Mayor to preside and asking if the Council will grant a free use of the Hall for the occasion.

Received and request complied with.

From the Secretary Australian Gas Light Company enclosing new Agreement for lighting the Public Lamps in this Borough based upon the terms of this letter dated the 9th instant.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.



The Overseer of Works

reported a variety of works carried out under his supervision during the past two weeks and works in hand.  Also reported that a 12 inch storm water drain is being laid by the Government in Union Street from Iredale Street to Munni Street.



Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the Contractors for scavenging the Wards and sweeping the gutters the block boys and the men employed sweeping the wood blocked pavements had all carried out their work in a satisfactory manner and that acting under the Public Health Act he had taken action to compel owners of certain properties to have their premises put in a sanitary condition.



Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Abigail moved:

1 “That two additional boys be employed to sweep the streets leading off King Street and Enmore Road where necessary at the same rate of pay as those present employed are receiving.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith.

After some discussion the mover accepted a suggestion to have the matter referred to the Inspector of Nuisances for report.

The motion as amended was adopted.


This was the business and the Council rose.



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