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Introduction

The First Town Hall

After the Assembly Rooms were destroyed by fire in 1911 it was decided that a larger social and business centre was needed. The foundation stone for the Town Hall was laid 25 January 1913 and although it was open to the public from 1915 building work was not finally completed until 1917 at a cost of over £11,000. As well as the main hall on the first floor the Town Hall housed the Treasury, Court House, Legal Office, Auditor/Headmaster’s Office, Munitions Office, Post Office, Public Works Department, Public Library and Museum on the ground floor. The building was accidentally destroyed by fire 16 April 1944 with the loss of numerous records and fire and water damage to a number of those saved.

 Town Hall - first  Town Hall - after fire

[First Town Hall before & after the fire - Photos FIC Collection, JCNA]

The Secretariat

There has been a building on this site for many years. The first building, known as The Offices, was erected between 1848 and 1855. In 1938 a concrete block building replaced the old wooden structure and housed the Secretariat, the Treasury and various other Government offices, such as Customs. In March 1959 the building was seriously damaged by fire and some records were lost.

Inward Despatch & Letter Books

From the 1830's until around the time of the First World War, Government records were kept in large copybooks. Any loose materials, such as incoming letters and despatches were bound up into volumes. A number of these volumes were destroyed or badly damaged by fire and/or water in the Town Hall and Secretariat fires. Those identified as too fragile and at risk of further damage were closed to researchers in 2010.

The following scans are of those closed volumes. It should be noted that these volumes are not necessarily in date order and a number of the books are incomplete. To reduce handling and unnecessary stress on the volumes blank pages have not been scanned.

 

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 1.pdf(29.99 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 2.pdf(22.39 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 3.pdf(27.88 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 4.pdf(16.74 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 5.pdf(8.92 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 6.pdf(28.49 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 7.pdf(21.68 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 8.pdf(26.28 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 9.pdf(21.64 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 10.pdf(20.46 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 11.pdf(26.51 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 12.pdf(26.69 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 13.pdf(24.2 MB)

pdfH3 - 1842 to 1850 - part 14.pdf(15.94 MB)

pdfH9 - 1852 - part 1.pdf(22.62 MB)

pdfH9 - 1852 - part 2.pdf(28.26 MB)

pdfH10 - 1851 to 1852 - part 1.pdf(26.18 MB)

pdfH10 - 1851 to 1852 - part 2.pdf(21.74 MB)

pdfH10 - 1851 to 1852 - part 3.pdf(24.21 MB)

pdfH10 - 1851 to 1852 - part 4.pdf(24.07 MB)

pdfH10 - 1851 to 1852 - part 5.pdf(21.58 MB)

pdfH10 - 1851 to 1852 - part 6.pdf(24.84 MB)

pdfH10 - 1851 to 1852 - part 7.pdf(12.09 MB)

pdfH11 - 1851 to 1853 - part 1.pdf(24.61 MB)

pdfH11 - 1851 to 1853 - part 2.pdf(26.1 MB)

pdfH11 - 1851 to 1853 - part 3.pdf(27.91 MB)

pdfH11 - 1851 to 1853 - part 4.pdf(23.68 MB)

pdfH11 - 1851 to 1853 - part 5.pdf(28.95 MB)

pdfH11 - 1851 to 1853 - part 6.pdf(26.06 MB)

pdfH11 - 1851 to 1853 - part 7.pdf(9.25 MB)

pdfH34 - 1877 to 1878 - part 1.pdf(22.71 MB)

pdfH34 - 1877 to 1878 - part 2.pdf(21.72 MB)

pdfH34 - 1877 to 1878 - part 3.pdf(21.53 MB)

pdfH34 - 1877 to 1878 - part 4.pdf(14.16 MB)

pdfH38 - 1881 to 1885 - part 1.pdf(20.47 MB)

pdfH38 - 1881 to 1885 - part 2.pdf(21.35 MB)

pdfH38 - 1881 to 1885 - part 3.pdf(19.35 MB)

pdfH38 - 1881 to 1885 - part 4.pdf(19.97 MB)

pdfH38 - 1881 to 1885 - part 5.pdf(7.88 MB)

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 1.pdf(21.06 MB)

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 2.pdf(24.22 MB)

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 3.pdf(22.78 MB)

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 4.pdf(21.35 MB)

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 5.pdf(22.8 MB)

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 6.pdf(22.65 MB)

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 7.pdf(21.48 MB)

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 8.pdf(23.95 MB)

pdfH46 - 1891 - part 9.pdf(26.65 MB)

pdfH47 - 1892 to 1893 - part 1.pdf(19.35 MB)

pdfH47 - 1892 to 1893 - part 2.pdf(19.85 MB)

pdfH47 - 1892 to 1893 - part 3.pdf(23.16 MB)

pdfH47 - 1892 to 1893 - part 4.pdf(20.72 MB)

pdfH47 - 1892 to 1893 - part 5.pdf(20.16 MB)

pdfH47 - 1898 - part 6.pdf(13.39 MB)

pdfH47 - 1899 - part 7.pdf(24.41 MB)

 

Copyright guide:

Copies of government records may be used freely for private research and educational purposes. If material is to be used for commercial publication, exhibition or broadcast the written permission of the Jane Cameron National Archives must first be obtained. Whenever material from the Jane Cameron National Archives is reproduced in any form or in any medium, the user must acknowledge the Jane Cameron National Archives as the source and give all document references. For non-government records it is your responsibility as the user to ensure that copyright is not infringed and any infringement that does occur is your responsibility.