District Council of Kingscote

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The District Council of Kingscote was one of the local government areas that came into existence upon the proclamation of the District Councils Act 1887 on 5 January 1888, and initially comprised the entirety of Kangaroo Island. In 1996, it was amalgamated with the District Council of Dudley to create the Kangaroo Island Council.

The following persons were elected as chairman of the district council up until 1974 (when the title was changed to mayor) for the following terms:

William Jones (1888-1890)
A. Reeves (1890-)
Arthur Daw (1911)
John Turner (1913)
Robert Wheaton (1928-1929)
Vincent Herbert Fuller Cook served 11 years as chairman and 25 years as councillor.
Mervyn Smith (1934–36, 1937–39 and 1941–46)
Frank Kasehagen MM (1936–37)
Robert Wheaton OBE (1921–23, 1926–34, 1939–41 and 1946–47)
Dudley Herbert Shepherd (1947–48)
Edward Clarendon Seager DCM (1948–49)
Stanley Horace Sheridan (1949–50)
Henry Driffield Suter (1950–52)
Arthur Stanley Glen Barrett (1952–60 and 1961–64)
John Elsegood (1960–61)
Donald Fred Pillar (1965–67)
Eric Lancelot Wheaton (1967–69)
Dudley Gould Kelly (1969-1974)

- Wikipedia

The following newspaper extracts often mention the nominated candidates for the District Council elections, not necessarily those elected.

1888. Councillors Kingscote— J. W. Daw and P. T. Bell.

1889. Councillors - G. J. Bates, W. Attrill, P. T. Bell, J. W. Daw, G. A. Mitchell, T. Northcott, H. E. Kinch, H. Partridge, T. Price, and A. Reeves, sen. Auditor-L. E. Williams and F. W. Hicks.

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1889, June 29). Adelaide Observer (SA : 1843 - 1904), p. 16. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article160789928

1890. (Queenscliffe) Councillors—H. E. Kinch, 33; W. Jones, 33; A. J. Whittle, 24. Auditor— H. E. Randall.

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1890, July 16). South Australian Register (Adelaide, SA : 1839 - 1900), p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47276035

1893. For councillors — Thomas Northcott 34, J. W. Daw 24, and G. A. Mitchell 24. For auditor — L. E. Williams 28.

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1893, July 15). South Australian Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1895), p. 23. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article92310635

1896. For councillors—Messrs R. Chapman (29), J. Florance (29). and T. Northcott (10); all elected For auditor, Mr. L. E. Williams (elected).

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1896, July 15). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 5. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article34553003

1898. Councillors elected— P. T. Bell, 31 ; George James Bates, 31 ; J. B. Anderson, 26.

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1898, July 16). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 15. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87778772

1899. Councillors— G. J. Bates, 58 (elected); J. H. Bates, 20; A. Daw, 51 (elected) ; John Florance, 61 (elected); Geo. Gobell; 53 (elected); J. Hall, 5; James Melville, 14; B. Snelling, 5 Auditor— E. S. Hudson, 36 (elected); L.E. Williams, 35.

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1899, July 15). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 5. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article87199144

1900. Councillors—John Florance, 50 (elected); George Gobell, 42 (elected); P. T. Bell, (elected); J. H. Bates, 25; James Melville, 18. Auditor—C. J. Bell.

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1900, July 11). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 6. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article36963003

1901. Councillors—J. H. Bates 45, A. C. Burgess 17, A. Daw 41 (elected). A. E. Reeves, 35; J. G. Bates, 35; J. Carter, 14. Auditor-C. Toseland. (1901, July 11).

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 10. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article4847019

1902. For Councillors—A. C. Burgess, 47 (elected); John Florance; 61 (elected); John Turner, 44 (elected). For Auditor—E. S. Hudson (elected).

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1902, July 16). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 3.http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55692100

1905. For Councillors—A. Daw, 62 (elected); J. H. Carter, 58 (elected); A. C. Burgess 39; G. Gobell, 33. For Auditor— E. S. Hudson, 53 (elected): W. K. Hawke, 48.

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1905, July 26). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 8. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article55818209

1906. For Councillors.—J. N. Davis, 58; A. C. Burgess, 47; A. T. Whittle, 42 (elected); Jas. Olds, 40; G. G. Ayliffe, 28; J. H. Bates, 28; J. Turner. 27. For Auditor.—L. E. Williams, 61; and K. Nash, 34.

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1906, July 11). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 11. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5087443

1908. For Councillors.-A. C. Burgess, 76 (elected); J. V. Davis, 75 (elected); V. H. F. Cook, 63 (elected); G. Buick, 63; W. H. Hamilton, 33. Supplementary Election for Councillor.—J. Turner, 64 (elected); J. Davidge, 38; R. Chapman, 12. For Auditor.-G. A. Nicholls, 60; M. Smith, 65.

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1908, July 8). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 10. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5159275

1910. For Councillors—V. H. F. Cook, T. H. Carter, S. J. Stirling, W. H. Strawbridge, J. Turner, H. Whittle. For Auditor—E. S. Hudson.

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1910, June 24). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 9 http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article5283696

1912. The forthcoming District Council elections promise to provide considerable interest and the results of next Saturday's polling will be eagerly awaited. Of the candidates for the office of councillor, four have sat before, viz,, Messrs Turner, Cook, Buick and Stirling, while one of the remaining two, Mr Murray, has previously contested an election. Mr John Turner has had a lengthy connection with the District Council, having served in the capacity of clerk for many years, and followed this with several terms as councillor, during the whole of which time his actions have been characterised by a conscientiousness and thoroughness that redounds to his credit and is bound to win him great support at the poll. Mr Cook has now completed his second term of office, and as no unwritten law obtains as in connection with American Presidential elections against third terms, he will probably be the subject of congratulations at the declaration of the poll. Mr Cook's progressive views are well known, and he is always to be found in prominent association with any forward movement in the interests of the district. Mr Buick has again consented to be nominated after having retired from the arena of local government politics for two years. Capacity as a business man, which is never more evident than in the conduct of a person's private concerns, has demonstrated his financial ability, and his unassuming and genial nature has secured for him a quiet popularity of the kind that is readily reflected in the ballot box. Mr Stirling, who recently tendered his resignation from the Council after about eighteen months in office, has to the surprise of many, again offered himself as a candidate. When elected two years ago he was the sole representative of MacGillivray, but he is now partnered by Mr Page, who is, we understand, nominated in those interests. Mr Stirling has been an advocate of several changes in council administration, and has expressed advanced views on the subject of borrowing for road construction, and those who recognise the soundness of these proposals are bound to give him support. Mr Murray came dangerously near to being saddled with the responsibilities of councillor at last elections, and with tbe large field now running, might well secure a seat without causing any surprise, and his numerous friends would be gratified. Mr Page is the dark horse in the event. He has been a resident of tho district for several years, and is well-known to many as a business man, but this is we understand his first flutter for council honors. He is nominated in the interests of the newly settled parts of the district, and that fact alone is bound to win him considerable support, while his personal popularity will ensure many votes being cast in his favor. At the meeting Wednesday night an excellent opportunity of hearing the views of the candidates will be afforded, and although every speaker may not appear to the best advantage in the searching lime-light of a critical audience, it is the best chance we will have of judging the respective merits of the candidates before recording our votes. Of the two nominees for auditorship, Mr Hudson who has been a resident of Kangaroo Island for a number of years, has officiated in that capacity for a long period with general satisfaction. Mr Pledge has also been a resident of the town for some considerable time, and is well suited for the position, and an even contest is predicted. From Penneshaw we have received news that there are three nominations for the office of councillor, two being required. The candidates are Messrs William Buick, W. H. Davey and F. W. N. Trethewey. Not being well acquainted with the candidates personally, or their previous record at councillors, if any, we are unable to enlarge on their respective merits and suitability for the office. The candidates for the auditorship are three in namber, viz, Messrs E. L. Bates, E. V. Buick and H. V. Buick.

THE KINGSCOTE COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1912, June 29). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191632020

1915. W. H. Partridge, Clerk, District Council of Kingscote

PERSONAL. (1915, December 22). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 8. Retrieved May 12, 2020, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article8672038

1916. Councillors (3).—M. F. Cook, 75 (elected); W. H. Strawbridge, 70 (elected); L. Ayliffe, 68 (elected); J. Turner, 60; E. Hall, 48; R. L. Barrett, 34. Auditor - Mr E. B. Pledge

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1916, July 4). The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931), p. 10. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article6467999

William William Hartland Strawbridge was charged, on the information of J. W. Codling, with bribery and corruption in connection with the recent district council elections. The prosecution sought to prove that the defendant, by having allowed his vehicle to carry ratepayers to the polling booth, had influenced votes in his favour. Defendant's evidence showed that the vehicle had been hired by another person for the day, and no person riding in it had been asked to vote for defendant. The case was dismissed, with £3 3/ costs. The S.M. remarked that the matter was a "trumped-up" charge.

MAGISTRATES. (1916, September 23). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 5. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59924090

1926. Councillors:—Charles James Bell, Vincent Herbert Fuller Cook, and Robert Wheaton (elected). Auditor.—Edgar Bertram Pledge (elected).

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1926, July 10). Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), p. 11. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article166326669

1928. For Councillor.— R. Wheaton, 101 (elected); V. H. F. Cook, 82 (elected); C. J. Bell, 82 (elected); W. R. Chapman, 76; G. Turner, 63; M. Smith, 51; J. Florence, 13.

DISTRICT COUNCILS. (1928, July 14). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 55. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90041427

1929. E. Burgess, 81 (elected); G. A. Turner, 68 (elected); J. Carter, 66; L. Ayliffe. 42; H. Seager, 29.

DISTRICT COUNCILS (1929, July 11). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 52. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90051544

1930. Kingscote Council (3).— Vincent Herbert Fuller Cook (elected), Charles J. Bell (elected). Robert Wheaton (elected).

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS (1930, June 19). Chronicle (Adelaide, SA : 1895 - 1954), p. 18. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article90056396

1931. G. A. Turner 94 votes and E. Burgess 82 votes, re-elected, P. Leopold 56 votes and E W. Priest 22 votes.

Kingscote District Council Elections. (1931, July 11). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191248890

1932. Cr. R. Wheaton 96 ; Cr. C. J. Bell 89; Cr. V. H. F. Cook 69; Mr M. Smith 64.; Mr P. Leopold 50.

District Council Elections. (1932, July 9). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191247935

1933. Mr Ayliffe declared Mr M. Smith head of the Poll with 93 votes, Cr. G A. Turner received 92 votes (elected) and Mr E. Burgess 75 votes.

Kingscote District Council Election. (1933, July 8). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191250591

1934. Mr F. E. R. Kasehagen heads the Poll with Crs. Wheaton and Bell re-elected. V.H.F Cook decided not to stand.

Kingscote District Council Elections. (1934, July 14). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191253430

1935. Mr G. R. Ireland 115, (7 plumpers); Mr M. Smith 113, (29 plumpers); Mr E. Burgess 92, (10 plumpers) ; Mr W. W. Bates 35, (5 plumpers). Mr Ayliffe declared Messrs G. B. Ireland and M. Smith elected as Councillors for the ensuing two years.

District Council Elections Kingscote. (1935, July 13). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191249395

1936. Mr Ayliffe declared Messrs E. Burgess, W. R. Boxer, and F. E. R. Kasehagen elected as Councillors of the Kingscote District Council for the ensuing two years.

District Council Elections. (1936, July 10). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191252432

1937. Mr G. G. Ayliffe declared Cr. M. Smith and Mr P. H. W. Cook elected Councillors for the next two years.

Kingscote District Council Election. (1937, July 9). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191425164

1938. The Returning Officer (Mr. G. G. Ayliffe) declared Crs. W. R. Boxer, E. Burgess, and S. H. Sheridan elected for the ensuing two years. The vote received by Cr. Boxer was a record for he polled 161 votes or 21 more than C. M. Smith last year. Cr. E. Burgess received 105 votes and Cr. S. H. Sheridan who scored 91 displaced Mr. F. E. Kasehagen who received 76 votes. The 217 votes cast were a record, the previous best being 205 in 1935.

Kingscote District Council Election. (1938, July 8). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191423708

1939. H. W. Robinson 192 votes (30 plumpers) elected; R. Wheaton 146 votes (7 plumpers) elected; M. Smith 138 votes (36 plumpers).

District Council Elections. (1939, July 7). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191417746

1940. The Returning Officer (Mr A. E. J. Bennet) who conducted his first Election, announced the election of Cr. W. R. Boxer 169 votes (4 plumpers). M. Smith 156 votes (15 plumpers). E Burgess 109 votes (3 plumpers) (elected). S. H. Sheridan received 98 votes, (25 plumpers).

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1940, July 12). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191424699

1942. The Returning Officer Mr A. R.Tempest declared Crs. M. Smith, W. R. Boxer and E. Burgess re-elected to serve for a period of two years.

KINGSCOTE DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1942, May 8). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191421431

Supplementary election of Frank E. Welch after the resignation of H. W. Robinson for the term ending June 1943.

KINGSCOTE DISTRICT COUNCIL SUPPLEMENTARY ELECTION. (1942, June 12). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191417498

1943. Only two nominations were received on Saturday last, for the election of Councillors for the District Council of Kingscote, namely Crs. R. Wheaton and F. E. Welch who were declared elected.

KINGSCOTE DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTION. (1943, May 28). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191419323

1944. Only three Kingscote nominations were received for the Councillors for the District Council of Kingscote. One of the retiring Councillors (Mr E. Burgess) did not nominate. The Returning Officer (Mr A. B. Tempest) declared Messrs W. R. Boxer, D. G. T. Bell and M. Smith, elected councillors for the ensuing two years, as from the 1st of July.

DISTRICT COUNCIL ELECTIONS. (1944, May 12). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191419381

1946. Cr. D. H. Shepherd topped the Poll with 206 votes, followed by Cr. W. E. Boxer 190 votes, and Cr. C. H. Bell 159 votes.— Elected. Mr E. G. Seager 144 votes and Mr D. G. T. Bell 94 votes.

Kingscote District Council Elections. (1946, July 12). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191436383

1947. The two candidates elected. — Mr S. H. Sheridan (who has served in the Council previously) polled 179 and Mr E. C. Seager 169 votes, an increase on. last year of 25 votes. Mr L. T. Bennett polled 127 votes.

District Council Elections. (1947, July 11). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191438020

1948. There being only one nomination Colin Hirst Bell was duly elected a Councillor for a period of two years commencing on 1st Saturday in July 1948. As no other nominations were received a supplementary election will be held to fill the two remaining vacancies, due notice of which will be given. A.E.J. BENNET, Returning Officer.

Advertising (1948, May 14). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191439910

1948. There were three candidates for the two seats. Mr A. S. G. Barrett with 165 votes and H. P. Roper with 144 votes were duly elected by the Returning Officer as Councillors for the ensuing two years. Mr Bell polled 44.

DISTRICT COUNCIL SUPPLEMENTARY ELECTION. (1948, June 11). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 3. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191435890

1950. Edwin Clement Jenkins 144 votes (elected), Arthur Stanley Glen Barrett 143 votes (elected), and Francis Reginald Edwards 129 votes.

District Council Elections. (1950, July 7). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 2. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191438980