|William & Elizabeth's Headstone|
A transcript follows.
Brighton near Sandgate
16th August 1869
To the Honourable
The Minister of Lands
I have the honour to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 22nd July last, wherein I am requested to take the necessary steps for convening a meeting of the residents at the Bald Hills & its vicinity for the appointment of Trustees under the Cemetery Act of 1865 for the land set apart for a cemetery in the district, and further to furnish you with copy of proceedings of the public meeting.
I have now the honour to wait upon you with copy of proceedings held at a public meeting which took place this morning at the Bald Hills, pursuant to circulars issued by me on the 30th July last to the residents of the Bald Hills, North Pine, South Pine, Chinaman's Creek, Cabbage Tree Creek & Sandgate, and from which you will perceive that the following gentlemen were approved Trustees, viz.
J Stewart of Bald Hills for the Presbyterians
E Michael of Bald Hills for the Baptists
A.G.Thorpe of Cabbage Tree Creek for the Church of England
B.R.Lethem of South Pine for the Congregational
A.Slaughter of Sandgate for the Wesleyans.
I have the honour to be
Your most obedient servant
Wm Townsend J. P.
A public meeting was held this day 16th August 1869 @ 11 am at the Presbyterian Church, Bald Hills, by order of the Honble The Minister of Lands, and pursuant to circulars issued by the undersigned on the 30th July last to the residents of the Bald HIlls, North Pine, South Pine, Chinaman's Creek, Cabbage Tree Creek & Sandgate for the purpose of appointing Trustees under the Cemetery Act of 1865 for the land set apart for a cemetery at the Bald Hills.
The following gentlemen attended the meeting
Name residence denomination
A.G.Thorpe Cabbage Tree Creek Church of England
E.Michael Bald Hills Baptist
J.W.Lee Cabbage Tree Creek ditto
J.Wyllie South Pine Presbyterian
J.Stewart Bald Hills ditto
A.G.Richardson do Church of England
J.Buchanan North Pine Presbyterian
J. McCallum Bald Hill Creek do
W.Wilson do do
A.Norris Bald Hills Congregational
J.Leitch South Pine Presbyterian
C.Dixon Bald Hills do
B.R.Lethem South Pine Congregational
P.Learmonth Bald Hills Presbyterian
J.Barbour do do
Mr W Townsend J.P. opened the meeting by reading the instructions received by him from the Department of Lands dated Brisbane 22nd July 1869. He then called up the gentlemen present to appoint Trustees
Mr J. Wyllie proposed Mr J.Stewart to be Trustee for the Presbyterian denomination, which was seconded & approved of by the gentlemen present, & accepted by J Stewart.
Mr J.W.Lee proposed Mr E.Michael to be Trustee for the Baptist denomination, which was seconded & approved of by the gentlemen present, and accepted by Mr E.Michael.
Mr R.G.Richardson proposed Mr A.G.Thorpe to be Trustee for the Church of England denomination, which was seconded & approved of by the gentlemen present, and accepted by Mr A.G.Thorpe.
Mr A.Norris proposed Mr B.R.Lethem to be Trustee for the Congregational denomination, which was seconded & approved of by the gentlemen present, and accepted by Mr B.R.Lethem.
Mr A.G.Thorpe then stated that he was deputed by Mr A.Slaughter of Sandgate to say that he intended to be present at the meeting, but was prevented from doing so, & would, if appointed, accept the Trusteeship for the Wesleyan denomination. This proposal of Mr A.Slaughter's was submitted to the gentlemen present by Mr W.Townsend J.P. & unanimously approved of.
The Roman Catholic denomination not represented.
Brighton 16th August 1869
Wm Townsend J.P.