Nomination Day

6th February 1906

 

Punctually at 12 o’clock noon the Mayor and Returning Officer (Alderman Edwards) attended at the Town Hall and in the presence of a number of persons assembled publicly read the advertisement calling the meeting and also the nominations of Aldermen and Auditors as follows:

As Aldermen

Camden Ward

Harold Thomas Morgan nominated by Josiah Gentle Brick merchant Dickson Street Newtown and Thomas Nimmo Labourer Wells Street Newtown.

Nathan Lewis nominated by H J Wright Boot Importer 201 King Street Newtown and Alexander Jackson Butcher 543 King Street Newtown.

Enmore Ward

Charles Henry Ibbotson 493 King Street Newtown Coachbuilder nominated by Henry Tasker Gentleman 31 Dickson Street Newtown and George F Souter Gentleman 71 Alice Street Newtown.

Andrew James Macauley 383 King Street Newtown Certified Conveyancer nominated by Hugh Macready Bookseller 379 King Street Newtown and J J James Barber M D Enmore.

Kingston Ward

Robert Elstub 116 regions Street Newtown Contractor nominated by W Thompson Gentleman 87 Wellington Street Newtown and Heeney Williams Which 34 Albermarle Street Newtown.

Archibald Laing Hotel keeper 174 King Street Newtown nominated by Joseph Bailey Provision Merchant 330 King Street Newtown and C G Hatte Draper King Street Newtown.

O’Connell Ward

Henry Nunn Howe 61 Church Street Newtown nominated by John Hamblin Gentleman 4 Erskineville Road Newtown and F W Hartley King Street Newtown.

Edwin Quartly 286 King Street Newtown nominated by Joshua J Broadly Provision Merchant 45 Hordern Street Newtown and Joseph Broadly Blacksmith 45 Hordern Street Newtown.

 

As Auditors

William Marshall 2 Australia Street Newtown Accountant nominated by W Williams Chemist King Street Newtown and T Hobson Hatter 290 King Street Newtown.

William Nugent Bull 164 King Street Newtown Accountant nominated by James Fox Fire man 7 Pine Street Newtown and L Stead Bookmaker 4 Watkin Street Newtown.

Alfred Henry Lockinan 315 King Street Newtown Accountant nominated by Henry Prince Grocer 223 King Street Newtown and H Hereford Bootstore 228 King Street Newtown.

 

The Returning Officer intimated that as there were more candidates for the office of Aldermen and Auditors than the number required a Poll will be taken on Saturday the 10th instant commencing at 8:00 am and closing at 5:00 pm and that simultaneous with the above a Poll will be taken in connection with the Local Option clause of the Liquor Act of 1898.

 

Polling Places

Camden Ward St Georges Hall King Street.

Enmore Ward Dispensing Hall Enmore Road.

Kingston Ward Town Hall Bedford Street.

O’Connell Ward Methodist Hall King Street.

The Official Declaration of the Poll will be made on Monday at the Town Hall at 10:00 AM.

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

The result of the Poll taken for Aldermen and Auditors on Saturday the 10th was as follows:

Harold Thomas Morgan                 338 votes

Nathan Lewis                                  114 votes

Informal                                               7 votes

Majority for Mr Morgan                                   224

Enmore Ward

Charles Henry Ibbotson                 359 votes

Andrew James Macauley               129 votes

Informal                                             12 votes

Majority for Mr Ibbotson                                 230 votes

 

Kingston Ward

Robert Elstub                                  186 votes

Archibald Laing                              88 votes

Informal                                             10

Majority for Mr Elstub                                      98 votes

 

O’Connell Ward

Henry Nunn Howe                         291 votes

Edwin Quartly                                261 votes

Informal                                             18 votes

Majority for Mr Howe                                       30 votes

 

Auditors

William Marshall                            1130

William Nugent Bull                      923            207 votes

Alfred Henry Lockman                  670            253 votes

Informal                                           171

At 10 o’clock on Monday morning the Returning Officer at the Town Hall officially declared:

Harold Thomas Morgan

Charles Henry Ibbotson

Robert Elstub and

Henry Nunn Howe duly elected Aldermen to represent the Camden Enmore Kingston and O’Connell Wards respectively for the next ensuing three years and Messrs:

William Marshall and

William Nugent Bull Auditors for the Municipal Years

1906 – 1907.

 

Signed William Edwards, Mayor and Returning Officer.

 

Result of Local Opinion Vote

Camden Ward

Division A                             Division B                    Informal

Yes   No    Total                    Yes   No    Total

60     109   169                      86     89     175             55

Enmore Ward

Division A                             Division B                    Informal

Yes   no     Total                    Yes   No    Total

54     121   175                      54     103   157             39

Kingston Ward

Division A                             Division B                    Informal

Yes   No    Total                    Yes   No Total

32     64     96                        40     56     96               24

O’Connell Ward

Division A                             Division B                    Informal

Yes   No    Total                    Yes   No    Total

31 88 119 47 68 115 21

177   382   559                      227   316   543             139

The will of the ratepayers as disclosed by the above vote is against the granting of new or removal of existing licenses.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Minutes of Special Meeting held on Thursday 15 February 1906

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Edwards and Alderman King, Abigail, Cox, Elstub, Smith, Salmon, Morgan, Ibbotson, Howe and Hitchcock.

An apology was received through the Council Clerk from Alderman Rigg expressing his inability to be present and undertaking to abide by the decision of the Council in its selection.

The Mayor read and laid upon the table the declaration of acceptance of Office of Alderman Morgan, Ibbotson, Elstub and Howe the newly elected Aldermen and said that the business for which they were now assembled was the

Election of Mayor for the Municipal Year 1906 – 1907

but before proceeding asked the indulgence of the Council (Read) while the Clerk read a Minute containing a brief retrospect of the years work.

The Minute disclosed that the total receipts from all sources amount to £ 12538.1.8 of which £11609.3.10 represented General and Lighting rates leaving a balance of £738.15.1 outstanding men the books were closed on the 5th instant and since then about £100 has been received.

During the year £500 had been placed on Fixed Deposit at 3.5% with the Bank of Australasia Newtown as the nucleus of a reserve fund to meet the cost of renewing the wood blocks in King Street.

After meeting all obligation and wiping of the overdraft of £683.5.6 at the beginning of the year there remains now credit balance of £415.17.8 Alderman Morgan moved that the Minute be received and adopted and complimented the Mayor on his administration during his year of office and congratulate the rate payers on the prosperous state of the Borough.

The motion was seconded by Alderman Abigail in laudatory terms and supported by Alderman Smith who offered his hearty congratulations to the Mayor on the success which had attended his administration of affairs.  Motion put and carried.

 

Mode of Election of the Mayor

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Smith: that the election of Mayor be conducted with open doors and by open voting and the system by nomination.”

 

Alderman Salmon nominated Alderman Howell seconded by Alderman Abigail and supported by Alderman Morgan, Ibbotson, Hitchcock, King and Cox.

There being no further nominations the retiring Mayor declared Alderman Henry Nunn Howe duly elected Mayor for the Municipal Year 1906 – 1907 whereupon the newly elected Mayor took the chair and return thanks for the honour conferred upon him.

 

Alderman Smith moved: “That the best thanks of this Council be recorded on the books of the very able manner in which Aldermen Edwards has discharged the duties of the Mayoral Office during the past year and the satisfaction he has given to the public generally.”

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and supported by Alderman Morgan who admitted and admired the manner in which Mr Edwards had acted as Alderman and Mayor.

Alderman Salmon and Cox also supported the motion.

The ex mayor having returned thanks the proceedings terminated.

 

Confirmed this 20th day of February 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 20th February 1906

 

Minutes

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

 

Present

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

 

Minutes

The minutes of the previous meeting of 23 January and 15 February were read confirmed and signed.

 

Correspondence

From the Council Clerk Randwick asking the cooperation of this Council in seeking the amendment of the Dairies Supervision Act so as to give Municipal bodies power to refuse Dairy men registration when the land attached to the premises to be used as dairy is deemed insufficient for the number of cows to be kept.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Municipal Council of Bankstown seeking the co-operation of this Council by asking the Premier to include in the Local government Extension Bill clause entitling the Council Clerk the Officer appointed by the Council to have free access to the Records in the Land Titles Office and Deeds Branch for the purpose of making searches.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Municipal Council of Rockdale forwarding copies of resolutions passed by that body and asking the Cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Minister for Public Works to urge the carrying out of the train extension from Cooks River to Brighten Le Sands.

Received and cooperation granted.

From William J Lovern asking that the footpath in front of two cottages newly erected by him in Maria Street may be renewed.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From the Acting Deputy Postmaster General in answer to this Councils representations regarding the necessity for a light being placed at the entrance to the Enmore Post Office to enable persons posting letters and etc to see the respective receptacles as after the office is closed the porch is in darkness; stating that it has been decided to supply incandescent fittings to the lamp in the porch of the office referred to and keep alight till the mail boy clears the boxes at 1.30am when he will extinguish the light.  Received.

From J Cassidy asking that the footpath in front of this new premises number 217 Wilson Street be completed to the building line.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From Robert Baird Assistant Inspector of Nuisances asking the councils if they are of the opinion that he has rendered satisfactory service during the past 12 months if they will increase his salary from the probationary £2 per week to at any rate the minimum salary paid to Inspectors in the City.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From H E Ardill Honourable Secretary Public Morals Association forwarding copy of a modern By law which it is believed would prove effective in dealing with dancing saloons.

Received and to be informed that there is a stringent By law already in force.

 

Reports

The Overseer of Works

Reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past month and works in progress.  Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the various Contractors under his supervision had during the past month carried out their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That the Council do now proceed to appoint the Standing Committees for the current year viz:

Finance Sanitary Works Specification Lighting By-laws.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Resolved

That the Finance Committee consist of the Mayor (Alderman Howe) Morgan and Hitchcock and Smith.

Works Committee

The Mayor (Alderman Howe) and Aldermen Abigail Edwards and Ibbotson.

Specification Committee

Aldermen Smith Salmon Ibbotson and Morgan.

Lighting Committee

Alderman Elstub Salmon Ibbotson and Edwards.

Sanitary Committee

The Mayor (Alderman Howe) and Aldermen Abigail Edwards and Ibbotson.

By laws Committee

The Mayor (Alderman Howe and Aldermen Morgan Hitchcock and Smith.

2 “That the Finance Committee be and are hereby authorised to prepare and submit to this Council an estimate of the probable expenditure for the current Municipal Year.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

3 “That the Specification Committee be and are hereby authorised to prepare Specifications for the Annual Contracts and submit the same at the next meeting of the Council to be held on the 6th Proximo.”

Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 27th day of February 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 27th February 1906

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

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Howe) and Aldermen Smith, Morgan, Hitchcock, King, Edwards, Elstub, Abigail and Ibbotson.

Alderman Edwards apologise for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Cox.

 

Minutes

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

 

Business Annual Assessment

The Mayor moved:

1 “That the Council do now proceed to consider the Valuers Returns and (2) the Finance Committees estimate of the probable expenditure for the Municipal Year’s 1906 – 1907 and if adopted make the Assessment and levy General and Lighting Rates under the provisions and for the purposes of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

The Valuers returns having been laid upon the table.

2 The Finance Committee submitted the following reports.  In accordance with the resolution passed by the Council on 20 February instant your Committee beg to submit the following estimate of the probable amount (that is to say £11750) which will be required for the now current year in addition to any tolls rates or dues levied or authorised to be levied within this Borough and to any probable income from fines voluntary contributions endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing making and repairing of any roads bridges punts wharves piers or other public works within this Borough and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.

Resolved that the valuer’s returns containing the valuation of all rateable property in the Camden Enmore Kingston and O’Connell Wards and the report of the Finance Committee S read recommending £11750 as the estimated probable expenditure for the now current year be and the same are hereby adopted.

The Mayor moved:

3 That the Council do now resolve into Committee of the whole for the purpose of making an assessment upon all rateable property within this Borough for the current year.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

In Committee Alderman Morgan moved that the average Annual rental value of £205417 be assessed at 9/10 and the Capital value of the fee simple of all unimproved lands (£50633) at 5% in accordance with Section 141 of the Municipalities Act of 1897 and that the same be and is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

On resuming

4 The Mayor reported as follows:

Your Committee of the whole Council having considered the valuers report and returns of the valuation of all rateable property in the Borough and made and Assessment thereon now recommend the Council to adopt the same as the valuation and assessment for the now current Municipal Year.

5 Alderman Morgan moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole Council as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

6 The Mayor moved:

“That the Assessment as made in Committee be now adopted by this Council as the Assessment for the new current Municipal Year upon all rateable property in Camden Enmore Kingston and O’Connell Wards in this Borough under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”

 

7 Alderman Smith moved:

“That a rate of One shilling in the Pound (1/- in the £) be now levied for the current Municipal Year on the assessed value of all rateable property within this Borough under the provisions and for the purpose of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”

Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

 

8 Alderman Smith moved:

“That a rate of three pence in the pound (3 pence in the £) be now levied for the current Municipal Year on the assessed value of all rateable property in this Borough for the purpose of lighting the streets of this Borough with Gas under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

9 Alderman King moved: “That the assessment now made and the rate of One shilling in the Pound and three pence in the Pound be fairly transcribed into the Rate book and the Mayor be and is hereby authorised to affix the corporate seal thereto.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

10 Alderman King moved: “That the amounts in respect of such rates of 1/- in the £ and 3 pence in the £ already imposed shall be payable at the office of the Council Clerk within the space of 30 days after service of the notice.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

11 Alderman Edwards moved: “That Wednesday the 21st day of March 1906 be and the same is here by appointed that day on which appeals may be heard at the Newtown Court House against the assessment of rateable property in this Borough for the current municipal year.”

Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

 

This being the business the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 6th day of March 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

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