William George Johnson: Sixth Mayor of Guildford 1892 – 1893

A look at what was happening in Guildford at that time.

William George Johnson became mayor for a second time in 1892. Much was happening in Guildford during this period:

Dec 1892:  Tenders were invited for pound keeper; the supply of hay and corn; the cleaning and lighting of the street lamps; the contractor for which to supply all oil.  Also wicks and lamp glasses required during the year and to keep in repair and efficient order all the lamps as at present used.

Feb 1893: Two cases of typhoid fever. Every care and precaution was observed to isolate the patients as far as practicable.

March 1893: The Mayor opened a subscription list, to assist fellow colonists in Queensland effected by terrible floods.

May 1893: A call for good drains, to carry off water freely, and thus keep the streets and foot paths clean. The Mayor said “that doubtless such drains would be preferable, but in the present case they had to consider the means the council possessed”. He believed in regulating the expenditure in accordance with the income, and he could not think, in operating with public funds, that it was good financing to be heavily in debt.

July 1893: The tender for ploughing, sowing and harrowing Swan Street municipal paddock was awarded to John Minchin.

July 1893: Cr. Guppy complained about the number of stock trespassing on the streets. “The practice has now become a public nuisance and a menace to ladies and children” he regretted to say that a Councillor appeared to be one of the offenders.

Aug 1893: Cr. Gardiner forwarded his resignation as Councillor, owing to his inability to attend the monthly meetings as regularly as he could wish.

A petition was read from certain ratepayers and householders, asking for an extension of the hours during which cattle may be allowed on the street. Granted the hours amended – 6 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Guildford Cricket Club were given permission to remove two loads of sand from the Fish Market.