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Talking Shop: Ballarat in Business and City Life at Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

27 Jun 2019

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Amy Tsilemanis, Curator, Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute

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Oral History - Williamstown Botanic Gardens - Loris Wood

Key words

williamstown botanic gardens
hobsons bay city council
fish pond
cannons
aviary
adam lindsay gordon
pinetum
fearon reserve
band platform
clarke statue
ernie anderson
osborne street
weddings
horses
gardeners cottage
curators lodge

CD and transcript of interview with Loris Wood about her memories of Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens Loris was born and grew up in Williamstown. She lived across the street from the Gardens at 122 Osborne Street with her parents and siblings.

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens from the 1950s until the time of the interview.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Helen Page

Key words

helen-page
angela altair
mary klestadt
mike hirst
shelley wood
andrew shannon
williamstown botanic gardens advisory group
master plan
sue murray
kim sawyer
anja lee
golden elm
advisory group
gates
pinetum
victorian heritage register

CD and transcript of interview with Helen Page and her memories and experiences in lobbying for the rejuvenation and long-term viability of the Gardens. Helen was a resident of Williamstown when she contacted local Councillor, Angela Altair, in May 1999 to express her concerns about the destruction of trees in Melbourne Road and the condition of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens. The result of her communications with Councillor Altair and the Council was the formation of the Landscape Advisory Group and the Williamstown Botanic Gardens Advisory Group. Still an active member of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens Advisory Group, Helen talks of these experiences, how they led to the formation of the Friends Group and her hopes for the future of the Gardens.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Significance

A primary source of information on the lobbying that led to master planning for rejuvenation of the Gardens and the formation of the Friends of Williamstown Botanic Gardens.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

Men's Soccer Jersey

Key words

jersey
soccer
blue
greek
φανελάκι
dimitria
thessaloniki
plutarch
στολή

Men's navy blue and white soccer jersey, with white collar and inscriptions. Has Thessaloniki logo across the chest and in white writing, S.S.I. logo, and Pronto Refrigeration logo of same name sponsor. S.S.I. manufacturer logo also on white collar. Polyester material and part "A" of a two piece uniform.

Historical information

Full uniform used by Thessaloniki Association's soccer team in a tournament organised as part of "Dimitria" celebrations in soccer matches, outdoor and indoor.

Significance

Historical significance for the purposes it was used by Thessaloniki Association "The White Tower", in indoor and outdoor soccer matches

Inscriptions & Markings

Thessaloniki, S.S.I., Pronto Refrigeration

Plutarch Project, Caulfield Junction

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Sound recording - Sean Quinn - move to Cooparoo

Key words

vision australia
sean quinn

1 wmv file

Historical information

Sean Quinn, who is a Vision Australia client, talks about he became blind and his journey through life including the move to the new office at Cooparoo.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

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Oral history interview - Margaret Redmond

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on May 29, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

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Oral history interview - Lt/Gen Ash Power (Rtd)

Key words

lt/gen ash power (rtd)
oral history

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on March 21, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project.

Historical information

Ash Power is a retired senior officer of the Australian Army and a veteran of Iraq, Afghanistan, East Timor and Bougainville. Between 2011 and 2014, Power notably served as Chief of Joint Operations. In this oral history extract, Power reflects on what the RSL means to him and the resounding collective mission of ex-service organisations.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Gerkens and Gleeson

Key words

pattie-gerkens
eileen-gleeson
jack-gerkens
millie-gerkens
newport-railway-workshops
fish-pond
fountain
yoga
father-cassidy
con-gleeson
palms
williamstown-botanic-gardens
hobsons-bay-city-council

CD and transcript of interview with Patti Gerkens and Eileen Gleeson and their memories of the Gardens from their childhood through to adulthood. Pattie and Eileen are the daughters of Jack and Millie Gerkens who lived in Power Street, Williamstown before moving to 25 Gellibrand Street, Williamstown. Jack worked at the Newport Railway Workshops. Patti lived overseas for many years and Eileen has lived in Williamstown all her life. Patti and Eileen recall memories of the Gardens during their childhood and of taking their own children there during the 1960s and 1970s.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens and witness to changes in the Gardens over those years.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

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Vinyl Record - Bialik College Choir: Hear our Voices, 1977

Key words

music

Historical information

Record produced by the school choir - boys and girls aged nine to thirteen, 1977. The songs are a selection of traditional and modern compositions. Nathan Slowo: Piano, chimes David Honig: Bass, acoustic guitars, percussion Jack Setton: Drums, percussion Martin Splitter: Organ, synthesizer, percussion Ronniet Spijer: Violin Jonathan Cohen: Electric guitar Kevin Kerr: Flute Choir directed by Mr N. Slowo and Mrs B. Goldfinger. Engineered by Kevin Kerr. Produced with the generous assistance of the Bialik College Parents' Association. Scroll past images above to play mp3 files from the record.

Bialik College, Hawthorn East 3123

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Oral history - Sergeant Eileen Rainford

Key words

police woman
policewoman
policewomen
oral history
rainford
victoria police

Digital archive of oral history of former police woman Eileen Rainford. Cut for exhibition purposes

Historical information

Eileen Rainford is a retired Sergeant who joined Victoria Police as one of only eight police women in 1952. Born in England, she served with Liverpool police, patrolling the docks, prior to moving to Australia. Speaking numerous languages, including Polish and German, Rainford worked as a translator and radio broadcaster during and after the second world war. On moving to Australia Rainford joined Victoria Police, where as one of only eight policewomen, she noted a major difference in public attitude towards women working in the force. In this interview, Rainford reflects on these different attitudes and her roles at numerous stations.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Trireme Replica - Paralos

Key words

model
replica
paraskevatos
plutarch
ship
trireme
παρασκευάτος
πανομοιότυπο

Wooden replica model ship that is an exact replica of the ancient Athenian trireme making it unique in the world since there's no other such replica made. Great care was exercised to ensure that it will include all functionality and detail of the ancient ship used to by the Athenians to fight in the Sea battle of Salamis and beyond. Mr Denis Paraskevatos constructed the Paralos Trireme over a period of eighteen months. Mr Paraskevatos relayed the history of his Trireme. The first Trireme was constructed in Greece by the shipbuilder Aminoklis in 704BC, originating from Corinth. The first four Triremes he constructed were ordered by a Poliykrates from Samos, thus the ships were known as Samines. Poliykrates realised he would be able to use the Triremes for his own benefit against invading pirates, as well as to engage in activities of piracy himself. The Athenians built 200 Triremes for the battle of Salamis, all constructed over a period of eighteen months. This was a huge feat, on average a new ship was build every second day. Triremes were primarily used in sea battles, however there were two unique Triremes, the Salaminia and the Paralos, which were considered Holy and only used for Ambassadors and Consulates on overseas trips. Mr Paraskevatos’ Trireme is the Paralos. The term Paralos derives from the Greek social class from the shores, or the merchant classes. Greece was divided into three basic social classes. The mountain region, the plateaus or fields bound to agriculture, and those from the shores. Paralia translates to from the shore. The Paralia were an important class in influencing the democracy. They were divergent group who would deliberately vote on the contrary to everyone else. This is how the Trireme was born. Every Trireme held between 20-50 soldiers, and either 170 or 174 oarsmen. Mr Paraskevatos’ Trireme is a 174 oarsmen ship. The role of the oarsmen was difficult and specialised. When engaged in sea battle and the wind was not enough, the navy would remove the masts and leave them on shore and solely use the oarsmen, leaving the deck clear. However when there were sufficient winds and both the sails and oars were in use the oarsmen had to show great skill in manoeuvrability. When the oarsmen were not needed to manoeuvre the ship they also engaged in battle.

Historical information

The name Trireme comes from its distinct three rows of oars/oarsmen. The first tier of rowers were known as the Thranites, translating to Thrones. They were the most prestigious, and worked the hardest because their oars were furthest away from the water and therefore had to work harder. They were usually younger and they were paid one and a half drachma per day, half a drachma more than the other two tiers of rowers who were paid one drachma per day. After a few years working as Thranites, each was moved down into the second tier, the Zygites. Zygites derives from the word balance, as the second tier was balanced in the middle. After more years again, oarsmen were moved down into the third and final tier, known as the Thalamites. The Thalamites were consistently wet due to the proximity of their tier to the water. The water would leak through the gaps where the oars entered the ships despite the leather skins used to close the openings.

Significance

This is a unique specimen made by D. Paraskevatos, in that it is the only one of its kind in the world that has been built to the exact specifications of the Athenian vessel. It was built in Melbourne and it also has historic and artistic value

Plutarch Project, Caulfield Junction

Polydor 78rpm record - Tales from the Vienna Wood

Key words

williamstown high school
choir
realistic recording studios

78 rpm recording of the Williamstown High School choir singing 'Tales from the Vienna Wood.' Also includes an mp3 version.

Inscriptions & Markings

See images above: Image 78.1.jpg - On A side of record:'Tales from the Vienna Wood' The Williamstown High School Choir. Image 78.2.jpg - On B side of record: 'Melodies of Schubert' The Williamstown High School Choir.

Williamstown High School , Williamstown

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Sue Murray

Key words

sue murray
friends of williamstown botanic gardens
cannons
mr anderson
gates
horses
jessie sims (nee faichney)
hobsons bay city council

CD and transcript of interview with Sue Murray on the founding of the Friends of Williamstown Botanic Gardens and her memories of the Gardens from her childhood through to adulthood.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens from 1945 to the present (2013) and the founding of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens Friends Group by Sue Murray, who is the inaugural President

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

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Compact Disk - Interviews with Bill Cecil, Tom Skals and Jean Luxford.

Key words

oral history
bill cecil
jean luxford
tom skals
noel withers
santon family

Links: 00474:00709:01272 1 compact disk with audio files

Historical information

Contains interviews with long time Greensborough district residents, Jean Luxford, Bill Cecil and Tom Skals. CD also contains a file of articles on the Santon family.

Significance

Oral history recordings, not transcribed.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Interviews with Tom Skals, Jean Luxford and Bill Cecil"

Greensborough Historical Society, Lower Plenty

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Sound recording - Gerard Menses - move to Cooparoo

Key words

vision australia
gerard menses

1 wmv file

Historical information

Gerard Menses, Vision Australia's CEO, discusses the movement of Vision Australia (formerly Vision QLD and RBFQ) from Kent Street to Cooparoo.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

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Oral History - Chief Inspector Bryan Kelly

Key words

oral history
police women
policewoman
kelly

Digital archive of oral history of former Chief Inspector Bryan Kelly. Cut for exhibition purposes.

Historical information

Bryan Kelly is a former Chief Inspector at Victoria Police, and former president of the Victoria Police Legacy. In 1980 he was awarded the Queens Police Medal for dedication to the welfare of police families. Kelly was involved in the appointment of some of the first police women to stations outside the CBD, including Springvale. In this interview, Kelly discusses the role he played in employing more police women and reminisces about police women's experiences in the 1970s.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

Talking Shop Stories from Ballarat women

Key words

oral history, international womens day, heather horrocks, shop, haberdashery, business picot, widmer, mcdonald's, bakery hill,1970s, shirley whitefield, trams, football,1960s, isabel gribble, hotels, ballarat, women

Audio file. Edited from oral histories collected at Talking Shop exhibition Community Day March 2019, featuring the voices of Heather Horrocks, Shirley Whitefield, and Isabel Gribble

Historical information

These oral histories were collected at a Talking Shop Community Day, March 2019, where the community was invited to come and share their memories on local shops and businesses. This edited piece was created for International Womens Day and features the voices of Heather Horrocks (speaking about the haberdashery business Picot and Widmer and the controversial McDonald's established on Bakery Hill in the 1970s), Shirley Whitefield (speaking about Ballarat tram and shop memories and playing local football in the 1960s), and Isabel Gribble (recalling visits to local shops and hotels). These snippets capture some of the varied and spirited lives of Ballarat women.

Ballaarat Mechanics' Institute (BMI Ballarat), Ballarat

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Chic Wyatt (nee Anderson)

Key words

chic anderson
chic wyatt
anderson
fish pond
ornamental lake
gates
curator
horse
army camp
americans
world war 2
cannons
williamstown botanic gardens
hobsons bay city council
william joseph crowe

CD and transcript of interview with Chic Wyatt (nee Anderson) and her memories of the Gardens from her childhood through to adulthood. The purpose of the interview is to discuss a collection of photos she lent to the Gardens for copying (registration no. 2013.001) and to recall memories of her Father, Ernie Anderson and of living in the grounds.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens. Chic is the daughter of Ernie Anderson who worked at the Gardens from the age of 15 until he retired at 65. Ernie’s full name was Ernest Rupert Cyril Anderson. Chic verified from her Mother’s bible that her Father was born 19th June 1895. The Anderson family moved into the Curator’s Lodge in the grounds of the Gardens in 1938 following the death of the previous Curator, William Joseph Crowe.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

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Sound recording - Merv Mathews - move to Cooparoo

Key words

vision australia
merv mathews

1 wmv file

Historical information

Merv Mathews, who works at Vision Australia, talks about he became blind and his journey through life including the move to the new office at Cooparoo.

Vision Australia, Kooyong

Boy's Costume Jacket - Παιδική στολή τσιολιά

Key words

costume
jacket
tsiolia
τσολιάς
στολή

This is a jacket for boys that is worn as part of the six piece traditional costume. It is navy blue in color and has gold and silver embroidery along the edges. It has silver buttons and a silky orange lining

Historical information

This is part of a contemporary traditional costume worn by males in parades and theatre productions these days, however worn by soldiers in battle during war times in Greece in the 18th - 19th century

Plutarch Project, Caulfield Junction

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Oral history interview - Peter Cardwell

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on March 21, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project

Historical information

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Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Album - Maldon Brass Band - Live in Concert 2006

Maldon Brass Band Inc., Maldon

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Oral history - Senior Sergeant Joan Paffett and Edna Meadows

Key words

police woman
police women
policewoman
oral history
paffett
fyfe
meadows
victoria police

Digital archive of oral history of former police women Joan Paffett and Edna Meadows (nee Fyfe). Cut for exhibition purposes.

Historical information

Joan Paffett and Edna Meadows (nee Fyfe) are former police women. Joan Paffett was Senior Sergeant 15275. During her service she supervised other police women, including the all female squad in the early 1970s. Edna Meadows, registered number 15484, began her career as a nurse but later joined Victoria Police. Both women were the only women in their squads and began their careers with the Women Police Division at Russell St. In this interview they discuss their experiences joining the force and training

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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Oral history interview - Justin Tilson

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on May 29, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project.

Historical information

Justin Tilson served in Australia and overseas at places including Papua New Guinea and Iraq in the Air Force. In his interview he discusses his enlistment, training and service, as well as his demobilisation.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Oral History - Williamstown Botanic Gardens - Cyril Curtain

Key words

fish pond
curator
cannons
williamstown botanic gardens
hobsons bay city council
aviary
pinetum
centennial reserve
midsummers night dream
cable tram car seats
infrared photography
, rotunda
gloucester reserve
1934 storm
national trust
bateman house
clarke statue

CD and transcript of interview with Cyril Curtain and his memories of the Gardens and surrounding environs.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens Cyril Curtain was born in Williamstown in 1928. He attended North Williamstown Primary School and Williamstown High School. Shortly after marrying he purchased a house on the Esplanade, where he still lives and in which this interview took place. Cyril’s work in conservation of the natural and built heritage is highly regarded. The recently developed Cyril Curtain Reserve in Williamstown is named in his honour. In this interview Cyril discusses the Gardens and the foreshore area including the beach and L A Parker Reserve

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

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Oral History - Senior Sergeant Myrene Purcell

Key words

police women
policewoman
detective
oral history

Digital archive of oral history of former Senior Sergeant Myrene Purcell. Cut for exhibition purposes.

Historical information

Myrene Purcell is a retired Detective and Senior Sergeant with Victoria Police. In 1975 she applied for a transfer to the Criminal Investigation Branch and later trained at the Detective Training School.She was a member of the Sexual Offences Squad, which was the first squad of female officers and detectives, who were to investigate rapes and sexual offences in Victoria. In this interview, Purcell discusses her training, career and experiences of discrimination.

Victoria Police Museum, Docklands

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Audio / Transcript - Mabel Badenhop

Key words

mabel badenhop
thomas hand
ernest badenhop

mp3 audio tape interview conducted by John Lundy-Clarke with Mabel Badenhop runs for16.33 minutes. 8 page transcript of tape.

Historical information

Thomas, Eliza and eight children (Kate, Eva, Eliza, Florence, Mabel, Alice, Frederick and William) lived at Mountain Grange. Thomas was employed as an engineer for Lillydale Shire, but died suddenly in 1888, aged 42. About 1910, Eliza and her daughter Florence opened the Kalorama Post Office. Eliza died in 1918. Born in 1881, Mabel Badenhop nee Hand was the youngest child of Thomas and Eliza Hand of Mountain Grange. She was 7 years old when her father died. Mabel married Ernest Badenhop in 1905 – Pete the Swede played violin at the wedding. Ernest Badenhop was a builder & built Halcyon and Hygeia for the Dunbars as well as many other homes in the area.

Mt Dandenong & District Historical Society Inc., Mt Dandenong

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Mick Scanlan Interview

Key words

mick scanlan
wwii
ww2
world war two
second world war
tokyo bay
royal australian navy
ran
oral history
interview

This is a born digital audio file.

Historical information

This oral history interview covers the topic of Beechworth local resident Mick Scanlan's involvement in the Royal Australia Navy during WW2. John Eldrid, President of Beechworth RSL, interviews Mick about his decision to enlist, day to day life on a naval ship and the experience of the Japanese surrender at Tokyo Bay.

Significance

This interview of local Beechworth Veteran Mick Scanlan's involvement in the Royal Australian Navy during World War Two is a personal account of a lived experience. The stories are of great social and historic significance to the Beechworth RSL members and the wider Beechworth community. It is also of interest as a primary source of historic information for the study of World War Two, and in particular the topic of Tokyo Bay. Furthermore, the interview has great interpretive capacity as a unique, personal and historic war time story.

Beechworth RSL Sub-Branch, Beechworth

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Oral history interview - Gary Hadley

This digital oral history interview was conducted at Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch on March 21, 2018 as part of the Veterans Heritage Project.

Historical information

Gary Hadley reflects on changing attitudes towards Vietnam veterans. He recounts that during the war, military grooming standards made blending in with civilians difficult and – coupled with the widespread opposition to the Vietnam War – were a potential risk to the troupes’ safety.

Wangaratta RSL Sub Branch, Wangaratta

Oral History - Williamstown Botanic Gardens - Iris Whitehurst

Key words

iris whitehurst
fish pond
ornamental lake
gates
curator
horse
cannons
williamstown botanic gardens
hobsons bay city council

CD and transcript of interview with Iris Whitehurst and her memories of the Gardens from her childhood through to adulthood. Iris was born in Williamstown and has memories of the Gardens from an early age. In the interview she talks of playing on the cannons, memories of the Gardens appearance over the years and the contribution of the Friends of the Gardens.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens. Interviewer is Lindy Wallace

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens. Iris was born in Williamstown in 1943, has lived in Williamstown all her life and has been witness to changes in the Gardens over those years.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown

Oral History_Williamstown Botanic Gardens_Anne Cocks

Key words

anne-cocks
old-royal-hotel
nelson-place
boarding-house
holland
dutch-migrants
huisman
nellie-street
civic-parade
alma-cocks
eddie-cocks
34-schutt-street
newport
27-schutt-street
palms
williamstown-botanic-gardens
hobsons-bay-city-council
nordini

CD and transcript of interview with Anne Cocks and her memories of the Gardens from her childhood through to adulthood. Anne’s family migrated from Holland in 1952 when she was three years old. The family lived in Lyons Street for a short while before moving to Altona. Her parents, Kees and Betts Huisman bought the Old Royal Hotel in Nelson Place, which was a boarding house for men in 1958. They stayed there until 1971 when they sold it.

Historical information

The interview is one of a series recorded in 2013-2014 to document memories and experiences of the Williamstown Botanic Gardens

Significance

A primary source of information on memories of the Gardens. Anne moved to Williamstown as a small child in 1952, lived in Williamstown until her marriage and has been witness to changes in the Gardens over those years.

Williamstown Botanic Gardens- Hobsons Bay City Council, Williamstown