Macclesfield Community History

Macclesfield Council Minutes Book 1884-88

All the official minutes from 1884 to 1888. Links:
VIEW all the pages
Provenance/Background of the Minutes Book.
Example Page
Surnames & Topics: please record these for each image, then forward them to us via email using our online form.

A plea: if anyone has old minutes books, or similar documents, then DO NOT throw them away. Pass them on to some historical agency, ours or others.

The BOOK - all the pages

These have been uploaded and can be accessed by clicking on the links below. The first few have been affected over time but thereafter their condition is good.

We have stayed with the original image/slide names, so that the first double-page set is _M123714, or, just looking at the last three digits, 714. The last is 848, giving 135 images/slides.

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Local people, including Betty White, said that a man named Roger Anderson was thought to have found this Minutes Book on a rubbish dump. Subsequently he gave it to Arthur Edmonds, a neighbour, who was a Meadows Councillor representing the Macclesfield Ward.

Arthur Edmonds was Jan van Kaathoven’s father and he died in 1994. Following his death, Jan found the book among his papers, considered it worth keeping and stored it in a drawer at her home for the next 24 years. Six generations of the Edmonds family have lived in Macclesfield. Several of Jan’s ancestors, including grandfather Charles William Edmonds served on the Macclesfield Council. His name is noted in this Minutes Book.

Jan donated this book to the Macclesfield History Group in August 2018.

In quite poor condition after 133 years, we felt it should be conserved first before turning the pages. Via a very generous donation this was achieved by ArtLab in 2019, but it was not rugged enough to be physically handled by all and sundry for years. But at least we could now photograph it.

Professional photographer Rob Fairweather from nearby Strathalbyn photographed all the pages, and then converted the images to high quality but a reduced size, acceptable for Internet use. Visit his website at Rob Fairweather

All images were then added to this website for anyone to peruse, free of copyright.

An example page from the Minutes Book (click to enlarge):

Minutes book "page" 741


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Surnames & Topics

Please add surnames and topics to this table as you read the minutes. Since all writing is cursive, which cannot be converted to text, and then searched, in this way others will be able to find those who are mentioned in the minutes, particularly for genealogy information.

Record then forward them to us via email using our online form. Or perhaps photograph your paper record then 'share' that to us via email using Some have been added to get you started.

Sue Boyland of Western Australia has been researching her family history, some of which relates to Macclesfield. She has created a website, most impressive and well worth looking at, a section being entitled "The O'Grady Family from Macclesfield". She has been searching this Council Minutes Book, writing down the names as she goes, then passing them on to us. These have been added to our minutes page here. Thank you Sue.





Edmonds, Marker

Elected Positions


Maley (Naley?), Stubbs

District Ranger


King, Dumas, Dancker, Considine, Davenport, Graham, Stubbs, Fischer, Edmonds, O'Grady, Gooch, Anderson, B?i?s, + others to exlore.

Cemetery, Doctors Creek Road








Margaret Nestor, Destitute Asylum; L O'Grady, Tory Banks Reserve; O'Grady warning to complete contract 83; P O'Maley, M O'Grady, Denis McNamara tenders for Contract 84; others mentioned were Mr Davenport, Anderson Bros, Mrs Jordan, Mr Gray, Cr Fischer.















P Doherty, August Drechsler, M O’Grady, W Freeman, J Anderson, H Conigrave, W Robinson, M Considine, Jonas Fry, P Doherty, J O’Malley, J Sedunery, C W Edmonds, Theodore Fischer, D J Gray

Destitute Board,
Annual meeting


































































































Elas Graham



























































































































M O'Grady, Patrick Kain, John O'Maley, James Malone, J Horbin?, J Brennan?, D McNamara, Edward Fry, Timothy O'Connor, James Anderson, O O'Maley, M Considine, William Freeman, J Hoobin??, John Kain, P O'Maley, P Doherty, M Malone, James McNamara, Thos McMahon, W H Dancker, Sarah Edwards, William Robinson

Contracts, rations























































































































































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