District Council of Enfield Historical Records 1853 - 1935

in that area were sold for 5/- each. The total rates owinti' on the 149 blocks amounted to £35 1/3. and the proceeds from the sale realised £192 18/9, and the expenses, exclu sive of rates, totalled .£137 9/1. Of the latter amount, £111 was paid into the Supreme Court for law costs. It is not surprising, therefore, that we are still greatly troubled with arrears of rates in the Wingfield area. District Divided into Five Wards. On July 7th, 1894, a number of ratepayers headed by Mr. Gerald Holmes of Hamilton, petitioned the Government to divide the District into Wards, which, it was suggested, should be as follows: 1. Centre Ward (centre). 2. Torrens Ward (east). 3. Dry Creek Ward (portion of .South and North east wards). 4. North Ward (North-east Ward). 5. Tam O'Shanter Ward (West Ward). The petitioners' request was granted, and the new ward were gazetted on May 5th, 1895. Four ^ ear.s latei , a fuither progres.sivc mo\'e ^va.s made when the Council set up its office in the Enfield Institute, where the Council met for the first time on August 1st, 1899.' The move, apparently, did not coincide with the ideas of a number of ratepayers, and in the same month a protest meeting was held in the Institute. A vote of confidence in the Council, under the chairmanship of Mr. f. R. Musson, was carried. In the meantime, the Gepps Cross ]u-opertv,' which had been let at 2/6 per week as a schoolroom, was now let to a tenant at 6/- ]ier week. Later, the property was sold, and in 1910, an allotment on Rakes Road, .Sefton Park, was purchased, and it was intended that Council Chambers should be erected there Plans and specifications were prepared but the scheme did not materialise, and in February, 1913, the allotment was sold to the Prospect Lime Co. for £80. In the years fcdlowing the Great War, the district made rapid progress, and many hundreds of broad acres were sub- 24 s