Tuesday 4th April 1905

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



The Mayor (Alderman Edwards) and Aldermen King, Cox, Elstub, Rigg, Salmon, Morgan, Ibbotson, Abigail and Hitchcock.



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



Alderman Elstub apologised for the absence of Alderman Smith who is still confined to his room and moved that a letter be written conveying the Council is in sympathy with him in his illness and expressing the hope that he may speedily recover.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.



From the Secretary Australian Sheep Dip Company Limited calling attention to the condition of the footpath and roadway facing our premises in Elizabeth Street Newtown and also the foot path in Richard Street which wants asphalting one half the cost of which they are willing to pay.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From V Herrmann calling attention to the fact that when there is a heavy fall of rain the shop owned by him at the corner of Liberty and Gladstone Streets gets flooded and suggesting that the kerb is raised about 6 inches the overflow would be prevented.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Superintendent Traffic Department forwarding copy of an application from Mr James Thurgood for permission to ply an Omnibus between Marrickville and Enmore line of rout being Addison Road John Street Newington Road Middleton Street and Stanmore road and asking for an expression of opinion as to the desirableness of granting such an application.

Received and no objection offered.

From John Taylor calling attention to the flooding of his property in Edgeware Road on the 21st 22nd and 28th March and again on 2nd April and asking a fair and reasonable compensation.  Also from Frank Wilmot on the behalf of Mr Taylor and himself complaining of their properties having been gaining seriously flooded on the second instant and suggesting that a competent Engineer from the Works Department or the Water and Sewerage Board be obtained and that he be given a free hand the known defects of the present system pointed out to him and that he be asked to suggest a remedy.

Moved by Alderman Rigg and seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

“That the letters be received and referred to the Mayor to confer with the parties concerned and ascertain what they propose and report to the Council at its next meeting.”

From P Eldridge George Eldridge and six others residents of properties in Fulham Street complaining of the flooding of their premises on the 2nd instant owing to the stopping of the stormwater sewers of that Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.


Letters were received from the following ratepayers and residents calling attention to the flooding of their premises in Gowrie Street viz:

J Cover      81 Gowrie Street          reasonable compensation

W Reynolds 79 Gowrie Street       Compensation of £15

W Cochrane 77 Gowrie Street       Compensation of £15

Neil Hansen                                     Compensation of £25

Joseph Megson                               Compensation of £30

W A Shaddock 87 Gowrie Street Compensation of £5

J W Metcalfe 85 Gowrie Street     Compensation of £20

James Baikie  70 Angel Street       Compensation of £50

Alderman Cox moved: “That the letters be received and while not acknowledging any responsibility the Mayor be empowered to procure the services of an expert engineer to inspect locality and report the results to the Council.”

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

Alderman Morgan desired it to be understood that the engineer fee be ascertained before employing him.

From P J Machen asking a refund of ten shillings fine which he alleged was wrongfully imposed.  Received.


Valuers Report

The Valuers submitted the final report of the valuations of property for the current year stating that there were only three appealants with four appeals before the Court three of which were dismissed by the Magistrate and a small reduction made in the fourth.  Received.


Mayors Minute

In connection with the tender for the supply of Blue Metal and Metal screenings the Mayor reported having in conjunction with the Overseer of Works inspected the Dundas metal where laid in the City with the result that the acceptance of Mr Justin McSweeney’s tender was decided on and also that the Australian Ambulance Association have been handed over the “Letter” which has been located for some years in the Town Hall premises to the local branch of the Civil Ambulance and Transport Brigade recommending certain alterations and additions to the room now vacant and also to the room over the Inspectors Office for the purpose of collecting and storing the Books and records of the Council therein.  Received and adopted.


Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Rigg moved:

1 “That Liberty Street from Bedford Street to Cambridge Street be repaired at an estimated cost of £89.10.0 provided the Petersham Council contribute one half the cost.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

2 “That a sum of £500 per annum be placed to the credit of a Reserve Fund to be applied towards the cost of securing a site and erecting Works for lighting the Borough and for the destruction of garbage.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan pro forma – and after a lengthy discussion negatived.


Alderman Abigail moved:

3 “That the Specification Committee be and are hereby instructed to prepare specification for the purchase of manure collected by the Block Boys.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.


Alderman Ibbotson moved:

4 “That so much of a resolution passed on 9th September 1904 as refers to payment of ten pound to one of the Auditors be and the same is hereby rescinded.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and lost.


Alderman Ibbotson moved:

5 “That Auditor Mr W H Cadogan be paid a sum of ten pounds as honorarium for auditing the books of the Council for the half year ended the 6th of February last in conjunction with his colleagues Mr Henry Horatio Ralph.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan.

Alderman King moved as an Amendment

“That the sum of ten pounds be now voted to each of the Auditors for the last Audit to 6th February last.”

The amendment on motion having been put to the meeting the Amendment was declared carried and therefore stands as the resolution.


Alderman Hitchcock moved:

6 That it be referred to the Works Committee to consider and report to this Council also to the best means of remedying that the cause which at present prevents the immediate getaway of stormwater in the vicinity of Gladstone Street.  Withdrawn.


This was the business and the Council rose.


Confirmed this 18th day of April 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.


Tuesday 18th April 1905

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



The Mayor (Alderman Edwards) and Aldermen Rigg, Ibbotson, Elstub, Hitchcock, King, Abigail, Cox is and Morgan.

Alderman Elstub apologised for the absence of Alderman Smith who was not yet well enough to attend.



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



From the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage advising that the Board on the motion of Aldermen Henley and Griffin has agreed: That in the consideration in the future of all applications for sewer extensions the revenue necessary to meet the Boards requirements shall be calculated at 5% per annum upon the estimated cost of the work instead of 6% as heretofore and no guarantees to be insisted on in cases where the estimated deficiency is 20/- or under.

Received an action approved.

From Dr Barber asking the Council to make good the asphalt footpath round his house and at the same time asphalt the small triangular piece in front of the door corner of Cavendish and Cambridge Streets to which he is ready to pay the cost.

Received and request complied with.

From Messrs George B Edwards and Charles G Hatte stating that a notice from the daily press that the Council has rejected a proposal to set aside any sum for the purpose of establishing a lighting scheme for the Borough and therefore judging from the reception of the resolution and referred to that the Council are not inclined to embark upon this enterprise suggest some more definite conclusion as to whether the Council would either undertake to supply the light to the ratepayers or make terms with the Sydney Municipal Council for the extension of their system throughout this Borough.  Failing the favourable consideration either of these courses urge the reconsideration of the proposal to light the Borough and burn the refuse for the sum of £2500 per annum and upon hearing that the Council will favourably consider such an offer they are prepared with a definite agreement embodying full details of the scheme and precise terms together with schedules for extra services if any.

Alderman Morgan moved: “That the letter be received and the writers to be afforded an early opportunity of submitting their detailed scheme.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

From R W Beck Agent for Mrs Mulhausen owner of property 483 King Street asking an extension of 6 months to carry out the alterations and additions required by the Sanitary Inspector.

Received and three months allowed.

From A Montgomery complaining of the Inspector’s interference and asking him to remove fowls from his premises.

The Inspector’s minute stated that the wire netting in which the fowls are enclosed is of a mesh large enough to permit rats to run in and out and that Mr Montgomery was cautioned in this matter in view of the recurrence of Plague and end terms of the councils By-laws.

Received and the writer to be informed that the Council has no objection to his keeping fowls provided the premises are kept in accordance with the requirements of the By-laws.

From Alderman Smith thanking the Mayor and Aldermen for their kind expression of sympathy.  Received.



The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 21st ultimo amounting to £1314.17.10 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £449.15.1.

The Mayor Moved: “the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.


The Overseer of Works

report of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in course of completion.  Received.


The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the Contractors and employees under his supervision have carried out their respect of works satisfactorily.

In view of the difficulty at present experienced in carrying out the law in connection with the impounding of animals straying about the Borough the Inspector asked that he in conjunction with the St Peters Pound keeper be appointed under the seal of the Council as officers of this Borough under the Impounding Act of 1898.

Received and the question of appointments under the Impounding Act left in the hands of the Mayor.


The Works Committee

submitted their report dated the 17th instant relative to the flooding of shop at the corner of Gladstone and Liberty Streets and premises in Gladstone Street with their recommendation.

The Mayor moved: “That the Works Committee’s report 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 21st of March as follows:

To Bank balance per last statement        £582.14.6

Cheques issued                                         1330.6.3

Cheques outstanding                                   480.12.5

By Deposits                                                                  2181.5.10

Bank Balance                                            212.7.4

£2393.13.2 2393.13.2


Minute by the Mayor held over till Motions disposed of.


Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Rigg moved:

1 “That a sum of £500 be placed to credit of a Reserve Fund during the current year for the purpose of renewing the wood blocks in King Street when necessary.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

2 That the following motion in name of Alderman Rigg was with the consent of the Council withdraw viz: “that applications be invited from persons willing to supply the Council with a scheme for lighting the Borough and for the destruction of Garbage.


Order of the Day

Alderman Morgan moved: “That the Council do now go into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider the Mayor’s Minutes.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

In Committee the Minute was considered and on resuming the Mayor reported recommending: “That further consideration stand over for a fortnight and moved: “That the Committees report be adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.


This was the business and the Council rose.


Confirmed this 2nd day of May 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.



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