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

William George Johnson becomes Mayor for the third time.

Following the death of the previous mayor, Francis Monger in early 1894, Acting Mayor Councillor Read was unanimously voted to the chair, and asked to officiate in this role until a successor could be elected.  On 2nd February 1894 William George Johnson was voted in as the eighth Mayor of Guildford.

Some of the issued discussed during Mayor Johnson’s tenure were:

At a Council Meeting on the 5th April 1894 the issue of allowing sheep to graze in Stirling Square was introduced.  After some discussion it was decided to allow this, providing payment of one penny per day for each sheep was made.  (The West 12th April 1894)

Further important Council business regarding a railway platform for the town was also conducted in the same month “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

Street lighting was an ongoing issue.  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 deep drain in this area was urgently needed.

The Western Australian Premier’s reply to the Mayor Johnson’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 was another 42 years before Guildford Town Hall was built!

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