News from the Interior - Yass

The Sydney Morning Herald

10 June 1844

Yass. June 4.

A quarterly general meeting of the Yass District Council took place on the 4th instant, in conformity with the 21st clause of the Charter of Incorporation. There were present, Mr. H. O'Brien, Warden; C. O'Brien, James Middleton, Peter Best, and Hamilton Hume, Esqrs.. Arrangements were entered into for carrying out the objects of a special meeting called by the Warden, as advertised in the Government Gazette, for the 14th instant.

The Warden read to the Council a correspondence which had taken place between him and His Excellency the Governor, on the subject of the late election of Councillors to serve in the room of those who had retired on the first of May last, in accordance with the Charter of Incorporation.

Resolutions were passed with reference to the Court House and Government lands adjoining it: after which a few of the supporters of Mr. Edward Ryan at the late election, presented to the Council a petition against the election of Mr. J. J. Howell, on the ground that persons not qualified had voted in his favour, and that two of the polling places were not authorised by law.

The Warden was requested to forward the petition to the Governor, which request he promised to accede to. An adjournment was then moved by Mr. Middleton, which being duly seconded, was carried.

On the 14th instant the Council meet again, to arrange for the appointment of officers and other matters. There are numerous applications for the various offices at the disposal of the Council.