We have to thank Mr T. W. Walker for a handy little reference booklet, issued in connection with the new Town Hall and Theatre, and of general interest to visitors to the borough. The want of something of the kind has been felt for some time, and visitors like to have a souvenir of places 0 f interest they visit. The frontispiece contains an excellent likeness of our worthy Mayor (Mr W. 11. Seandrett), followed by a list of the present councillors, and sets forth when the various committees meet, and their constitution, which should prove useful to business people who are apt to forget when these meetings take place. Good views of the Town Hall, w/aterworks, and gardens also given- The corporation officials number 15, including Mr Walker, Town Clerk and Treasurer. The Invercargill Waterworks, which lias don© good service for a number of years, costing- some £5,000, is likely to give place to a better supply from Dipton. The scheme is a large one, but appearances indicate the advisability of grappling with this .matter at an early date- Some of our more sanguine residents think the supply should be brought in from the lakes, and though much more costly, believe that the better supply would more than compensate the cost. The present waterworks, including- twenty-four miles of water mains, has cost the ratepayers £BO,000.
Tin*. borough was constituted in 1873. and contains an area of 1,040 acres ; the population is 7,500, hut with, the greater Invercargill scheme an accomplished fact the population would rise to 18,000. There are 2 j 7 miles of streets, mostly in good older. while there are 3,400 dwellings. Tile ratable value of property in 1871 was £10,500, and has sprung up to £77,167 in 1906, These are facts, and speak well for the energy and tact displayed by our City Fathers. On the other hand we are paying interest on loans to the amount of £10,076 per annum, but every one must admit, that the money has been silent, in the majority of eases, judiciously. Some hold that we should have borrowed more heavily, and brought the water in in the first instance instead of putting down a bore, but they forget that when that work was done some 20 years ago the borough, was not in a position to go in for such a large undertaking, and the present service has suited the town and warranted the money spent on it. The honour roll of Mayors from 1872 to the present date is given, and is as- under :
Hon. Win. Wood 18-72-3 George Lumsdon 1874. Thos. Pratt 1875, J, W. Mitchell 1875, J. R. Cuthbertson 1877, Joseph Hatch 1878, Geo- Hu ms den 3 879, Geo. Goodwillie 3 8-80. I\. .Johnson 1881. H. daggers 1882, John Kings!and 1883. W. S. Moir 1884, Ge n . Froggatt 3 885. J. L. McDonald 1886. 33. Roche 1887, K. A. Tapper 1888. Thos-. Fleming 1889. J. W. Mitchell 1890. W. H. H a ll 1893, J. W. B a in 1892, 13. McFarlanc 3893, A. Raeside 1894, W. B. vScandrett 1895, John SincHair 1896, J. A. Hanan 1897. Hugh Mair 1898. John Stead 1899, J. S. Goldie 1900, C. S. Longuet 1901-2, Geo. Froggatt 1903, W. B. Scandrett 1904-5-6.
Full particulars are given as to charges, etc, in connection with the new Theatre and Town Hall, together with opinions of., the theatrical managers who have used the building. Altogether the book is a handy little reference work, and reflects credit on the compilers. The printing has been done in first-class stylo by Messrs McConeohy and Joyce.
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Invercargill Corporation., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 15, 27 July 1907
Invercargill Corporation. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 15, 27 July 1907
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