William George Johnson: Eighth Mayor of Guildford Feb 1894 – November 1894.

William George Johnson becomes Mayor for the third time.

The previous mayor, Francis Monger died in office on the 10 January 1894. On the 19th January 1894 Acting Mayor Councillor Read, being the senior councillor, was unanimously voted to the chair, and was also asked to officiate as acting mayor until a successor to Mr. Monger was elected. William George Johnson was voted in on the 2nd February 1894.

Below are a few of the important items that were discussed during Mayor Johnson’s second term of office:

At the Council Meeting on the 5th April 1894 the question of allowing sheep to graze in Stirling Square was introduced, and after some discussion it was eventually decided to allow such on payment of a daily fee of one penny for each sheep so de pasturing. (The West 12th April 1894)

Further important business was also conducted in April 1894. “That inasmuch as the present railway terminus of Guildford is almost at the extreme western end of the town, and that nearly a mile intervenes between the eastern and western boundaries, a deputation consisting of the Mayor, Councillors Sadler and Read wait upon the Commissioner of Railways, asking him to favourably consider a proposal to have erected a railway platform at the eastern extremity of the town for the benefit of the many residents in that locality. The Clerk was directed to write to the Commissioner, asking him to name a day on which the deputation will be received”. (The West 12th April 1894)

Councillor Read

It appears Mr George Hiscox who had, without permission, removed one of the street boundary posts, had now replaced it with a new post in accordance with the wishes of the Council.

Councillor Guppy asked that a [street] lamp be erected at the intersection of Little James [now Victoria Street] and Ellen streets [now Johnson Street] as owing to a deep drain at this locality a light was urgently needed.

Councillor Clark complained of the number of stray horses grazing in Stirling-square.

The Premier’s reply to the Mayor’s letter respecting a site for the proposed Town Hall was read, and he stated that he had interviewed the Premier upon this subject and he (the Mayor) thought he was justified in saying the result of that interview was highly satisfactory. The Premier had promised to forward a definite reply shortly. However it wasn’t until 42 years later that Guildford Town Hall was built!

William George Johnson’s second term lasted only 10 months.