Closed roads : progress report of the Royal Commission Appointed to Inquire How Far the 399th Section of the Local Government Act Has Been Enforced by the Various Local Bodies and to Report as to the Present State of the Closed Roads and the Requirements of the Public :
"Presented to both Houses of Parliament by His Excellency's command"
On 5th April 1878 the Commission comprised: Albert Lee Tucker (Chairman), John Mitchell Barr, Thomas Cope, George David Langridge, Richard Richardson, James Howlin Graves, Thomas Hunt, Alfred Thomas Clark, and David Gaunson
On 29th April 1878 Robert de Bruce Johnstone and Donald Cameron were appointed to the Commission and on 16th May Jeremiah Dwyer and David Mortimer Davies were also appointed.
Witnesses examined: Henry Acton (sec. Bungaree Shire), Timothy Aherne (selector Landelack district Minhamite Shire), John Baragwanath (auctioneer Hamilton, Casterton & Coleraine), Francis Beamish (farmer Tarraneet Wyndham Shire), Thomas Begg (Pres. Portland Shire Council), James Blair (Sec. Corio Shire), Humphrey Joseph Bloomfield (Sec. Dundas Shire), Robert Boyd (engineer Buninyong Shire), Louis Bregenzer (engineer Ballarat Shire), Archibald Cameron (farmer Strathmore Mount Rouse Shire), Archibald Macarthur Campbell [also appears as Archibald McCarthy Campbell] (gentleman Geelong Bellarine Shire), James Campbell J.P. (sec. Mount Rouse Shire), Philip Chilvers [also spelled Philip Chilver] (farmer Ballan Shire), John Goodman Clapham (Sec. Glenelg Shire), William Clapham (Sec. Portland Shire), John Clarke J.P. (pres. Grenville Shire Council), James Dodds (Sec. & rate-collector Grenville Shire), Victor Elkington (Sec. Winchelsea Shire), Titus Warner Farmer (livery-stable keeper Caramut Warrnambool Shire), Frederick Farrell (engineer Wannon Shire), Henry Staave Fischer (German interpreter Dundas Shire), Robert Fletcher J.P. (Pres. Barabool Shire Council), Thomas Morton Goodwin (engineer Glenelg Shire), Henry Gore (engineer Creswick Shire), Tenison Greene (acting District Surveyor Lexton, Talbot, Creswick, Ballarat, Bungaree, Buninyong, Grenville & Ripon shires), George Arthur Hale (Sec. Buninyong Shire), John Prendergast Hamilton (Police Magistrate Hamilton), William Reginald Hayman J.P. (Pres. Kowree Shire Council), James Hill (farmer Minhamite Shire), Henry Hinchcliffe (farmer Dundas Shire), John Lockyer Huntly (Sec., Engineer, Treasurer & Valuer. Minhamite Shire), William Ison (farmer Wyndham Shire), Henry Hall Jackson (engineer Ripon Shire), William Llewelyn Jones (crown lands bailiff), Charles Macarthur King (Station Manager for Edward Henry of Muntham Wannon & Glenelg shires), James Knaggs (Pres. Dundas Shire Council), Albert Stephen Lane (farmer & councillor Croxton Mount Rouse Shire), Clement A. Macan (crown lands bailiff), George Madden J.P. (Pres. Corio Shire Council), Alexander Mathieson (farmer Beerik Wannon Shire), John Montgomery (engineer Grenville Shire), William Moodie J.P. (Pres. Wannon Shire Council), Andrew Thomas Moran (surveyor Winchelsea Shire), Samuel Morris (Surveyor & Sec. Bannockburn Shire), Hector Morrison (farmer Buckley's Swamp Dundas Shire), Findon Murrell J.P. (Pres. Winchelsea Shire Council), William McCord (farmer Little River Wyndham & Corio shires), John Mackiehan J.P. (Pres. Mount Rouse Shire Council), Hector McLean (engineer Dundas Shire), John McKellar J.P. (Pres. Minhamite Shire Council), John Stafford Mackenzie C.E. (Sec., Engineer & Valuer Kowree Shire), Alfred William Macpherson (Pres. Glenelg Shire Council), Andrew McWilliams (civil engineer & Sec. Bellarine Shire), Theophilus Daubuz Nicholls (engineer/sec. Lexton Shire), Patrick Jeremiah Nolan (engineer/sec. Wyndham Shire), John Parkin (Pres. Creswick Shire), John Purcell (farmer Ballan Shire), John Quigley (gentleman Wannon & Dundas shires), William Read (farmer & Pres. Ballarat Shire Council), Horace Frank Richardson (Sec. & Treasurer South Barwon Shire), James Richmond (Sec. Ballarat Shire), James Robertson J.P. (Pres. Lexton Shire Council), James Ryan (laborer Koroit Warrnambool Shire), Mordech Jaker Samuels (Pres. Talbot Shire Council), Robert Scott (farmer Mambourin Wyndham Shire), Alexander John Skene (Surveyor-General), David Garth Stewart (Sec. Ripon Shire), Thomas Sutterby J.P. (Pres. Bellarine Shire Council), Thomas Taylor (farmer Brit Brit Wannon Shire), William George Thurman (Sec. Wannon Shire), William Tobin (hotel keeper Penshurst Mount Rouse Shire), Robert Smith Tuffs (engineer South Barwon Shire), William Tytherleigh M.P. (newspaper proprietor County of Normanby), Jacob Weber (Pres. Bannockburn Shire Council), William Wood (Sec., Engineer, & Treasurer Talbot Shire), William Yelland (selector Creswick Shire) and John Young [also appears as Robert Young] (Sec., Engineer & Valuer Barrabool Shire).
Appendix C comprises a letter to George Bell, Sec. Closed Roads Commission, from J. W. Pemberton, Shire Secretary, stating that the Shire Council of Echuca did order the opening of all roads within the Shire, and that to a great extent the order has been complied with, which is a reply to Mr Bell's inquiry.
Appendix D comprises a form letter sent on 27th June 1878 to Victorian shire councils from J. B. Patterson, Commissioner of Public Works, requesting information concerning the name of their parish/s, length in miles, acreage, and annual value per acre of lands intersected by the roads so closed, and a map with all roads closed marked in red ink. The second letter sent 26th August 1878 comprises a renewed request for information from those shires which have not yet supplied it. The third item comprises Extracts From Correspondence with the Shire Authorities Relating to the Map and Return of Closed Roads Requests From Them on 27th June 1878, consisting of extracts from replies of Alberton Shire, A. G. Moon (Sec. Alexandra Shire), J. MacLean (Sec. Ararat Shire), Otto F. Seidel (Engineer & Sec. Avoca Shire), Beechworth Shire, Bellarine Shire, Benalla Shire, Bet Bet Shire, G. S. Mackenzie (Sec. Bright Shire), Creswick Shire, H. J. Bloomfield (Sec. Dundas Shire), Dunmunkle Shire, Echuca Shire, Glenlyon Shire, Goulburn Shire, Keilor Shire, [Kilmore Shire?], Korong Shire, Leigh Shire, Lexton Shire, Lillydale Shire, Lowan Shire, Maldon Shire, four replies by James M. Nickinson (Sec. Melton Shire), John N. Kelly (Sec. Merriang Shire), McIvor Shire, Oxley Shire, Portland Shire, Rutherglen Shire, St. Arnaud Shire, Seymour Shire, Swan Hill Shire, two replies by Peter Wright (Sec. Towong Shire), Tullaroop Shire, G. D. Heily (Sec. Waranga Shire), Whittlesea Shire, two replies by Stuart Bolton (Sec. Wimmera Shire) and Yackandandah Shire.
Appendix E comprises: Summary of Returns of Length, Area, and Annual Value of Closed Roads by H. Biers.
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