Wanganui Borough/City Council

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The Municipal Corporations Act (1867) allowed for the formation of single boroughs on the petition of ratepayers. It had been found that the earlier Town Boards had operated in different ways, often passing inconsistent bylaws. The newly formed Wanganui Borough Council in 1872 took over from the Town Board (1862-72) with a clearly defined role. It could make bylaws, raise loans, and had carefully articulated electoral procedures and specified roles for the Mayor and Council. The Borough had a legal role to make and keep public rate rolls, accounts, and minutes of meetings. The abolition of the Provincial Governments in 1876 increased the importance of the Borough Councils as they took on a more active role in such areas as administering building regulations, street and footpath maintenance and development, provision of waterworks, drainage, recreation and fire prevention. In 1924, with the amalgamation of several smaller local bodies, the Borough Council population base reached 20,000, allowing it to be declared a City Council; however the nature and functions of the Council did not alter (see AJHR I15 p11). The City Council was succeeded by the formation of the Wanganui District Council in 1989. The system of wards came into force with the formation of the borough in 1872. The wards were Cooks, Queens and St Johns. Wards were abolished in December 1890.

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Government Organization
Related Entities
is antecedent of (RiC-R016): Whanganui District Council
is successor of (RiC-R016i): Wanganui Town Board


Name Sort descending Identifier Dates
Aerial Photographs (Mosiacs) WDC 00250 1942-1986
Aerial Photographs (Registered) WDC 00320 1942-1982
Aerial Photographs, Urban Area Wanganui WDC 00457 1968-03-18-1968-03-18
Airport Plans WDC 00374 1932-1955
Annual Statistical Returns WDC 00134 1913-1955
Aramoho Cemetery Transcriptions, Cremation Records, Sexton's Records, Grave Plots Sold and Cashbooks. WDC 00436 1915-1988
Aramoho Motor Camp Registers WDC 00133 1945-1953
Balance Sheets and Municipal Accounts WDC 00076 1871-1988
Bench Marks WDC 00310 1981
Borough Fund General Ledger WDC 00286 1882-1902
Building Permit Registers WDC 00174 1898-1987
Bylaws WDC 00274 1919-1988
Cadastral Maps WDC 00416 1958-1986
Cashbooks and Accounts Registers WDC 00131 1883-1986
Charges Approved WDC 00447 1986-1987
City Engineers File Correspondence Card Indexes WDC 00301 1960-1969
City Engineers staff WDC 00446 1951-1956
Committee Agendas Reports and Recommendations to Council WDC 00261 1888-1990
Committee Minute Book WDC 00130 1872-1885
Consent Application Indexes WDC 00439 1982-2005
Consent Applications WDC 00438
Contracts Index WDC 00306 1911-1974
Correspondence re Waterworks WDC 00084 1900-1906
Council Election Papers WDC 00083 1934-1972
Council Property Sale and Closed Files WDC 00375 1952-2001
Crown Reserves Vested in City (Photocopied DoC Files) WDC 00441 1861-1987
Declarations by Elected Members WDC 00360 1903-1986
Display Boards WDC 00365 1904-1990
District Electors Rolls WDC 00175 1933-1989
District Fund and Gas Accounts WDC 00165 1939-1968
District Fund Duplicate Account Books WDC 00136 1906-1930
District Scheme (Original) Objections Appeals and Changes WDC 00395 1954-1969
District Scheme Documents WDC 00253 1963-1989
District Scheme First Review Objections and Changes WDC 00396 1967-1981
District Scheme Maps and Plans WDC 00366 1949-1989
District Scheme Second Review Objections and Changes WDC 00397 1977-1987
District Scheme Third Review Objections WDC 00398 1986-1989
Dog Register WDC 00143 1955-1967
Drainage Plans WDC 00411 1970-1980
Drawings by Bruce Canning WDC 00383 1982-1985
Engineers Correspondence Files WDC 00188 1907-1929
Engineers Multiple Number Subject Files WDC 00070 1956-1969
Engineers Outward Letter Books WDC 00094 1915-1941
Engineers Private Correspondence WDC 00189 1910-1918
Engineers Registered File System WDC 00069 1928-1955
Engineers Registered Maps and Plans WDC 00168 1862-1998
Engineers Registered Specifications and Reports WDC 00417 1915-2000
Engineers Reports WDC 00169 1873-1957
Engineers Specifications and Associated Papers WDC 00183 1866-1937
Estimates (Accounts) Registers WDC 00197 1952-1968