Galway Urban Sanitary Authority
IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code: LA3
Title: Galway Urban Sanitary Authority
Date(s): 1874-1920
Extent: 6 volumes
Location: National University of Ireland, Galway
CONTEXT
Biographical History
The Galway Urban Sanitary Authority was set up in 1874 to manage public health matters in the town. It was setup under the Public Health Act of 1874 and took over responsibility from the Galway Town Commissioners for the provision of sewers and removal of nuisances.
Immediate Source of Acquisition or Transfer
This collection was deposited at University College Galway Library by the Town Clerk of Galway Urban District Council on 9 September 1937.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
Scope and Content
The minutes of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority list the date of each meeting, the attendance, Reports of Committees, record of sanitary work performed, correspondence and special business. Meeting typically took place at monthly intervals, the vast majority of the Authority's business concerned the provision of running water, sewers and inspection of houses or buildings.
System of arrangement
The minute books in this collection are arranged chronologically.
CONDITIONS OF ACCESS AND USE AREA
Conditions governing access
The material in this collection is available to all bone fide researchers and subject to the conditions of access governing the consultation of archival material at the James Hardiman Library. No material may be reproduced from this collection without the written permission of the archivist and reproductions are subject to the conditions of access. The most appropriate form of reference is title of item: date of item: reference number (LA3/?), James Hardiman Archives, NUI, Galway. For a full statement of the conditions of access please see: http://www.library.nuigalway.ie/resources/archives/archives_access.html
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LA3/1 Scope and Content:Bound volume containing the minutes of the proceedings of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority. Each entry includes the date, attendance, business transacted and some correspondence, many of the entries consist of quotes or summaries of letters received; the vast majority of entries are concerned with the construction and maintenance of sewers. Meetings were generally held at two week intervals on Thursdays. According to entry dated 29 October 1874 the Authority received at letter from 'Local Government Board, dated 24 October, No.22698/1874, acknowledging receipt of the application for the loan of £13500 requested by the Galway Town Commissioners to pay off the debts incurred by them in the existing waterworks and for the extension of the supply to the suburbs.' According to entry dated 20 April 1875 'The sub-sanitary officer handed in a list of the Common Lodging Houses in the Galway Urban Sanitary District numbering in all 61'. Entry dated 29 June 1876 includes a report from the sub-sanitary officer stated that 'he had made an exact measurement of the apartments of the different common lodging houses of the town as directed by the Board. He found the rooms and the approaches to them extremely clean, but in most places the ventilation imperfect.' According to entry dated 10 May 1877 'Dr. Grady reported that he had inspected the premises...situated at the Claddagh and found cesspools convenient to their dwellings which were dangerous to public health.' Report dated 14 June 1877 reports that an investigation found '51 dwelling houses in which no less than 157 animals were kept, and the numbers of cases reported would appear by Dr. Clayton's statement to have been much larger.'
Date:2 October 1974-18 January 1879 Extent:c. 500pp

LA3/2 Scope and Content:Bound volume containing the minutes of the proceedings of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority. The pages includes printed formatting and fields, each entry is spread over three pages. Each entry contains the following fields 'Minutes of Proceedings of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority, at their meeting held on ...', 'Present', 'in the Chair' 'Other members Present', 'Reports of Committees read and disposed of as follows, namely:', 'Record of Sanitary work performed since the date of the last Meeting', 'The following communications from the Local Government Board were read', 'The following Special Business came before the Meeting', 'The following Accounts were laid before the Meeting, and Cheques drawn for the amounts:' , 'Reports of Medical Officers of Health, and Orders made thereon:' , 'Monthly Report of the Medical Officer of Health read, and the following Orders made thereon:', 'The Report as to the Inspection of Common Lodging Houses was read as follows, and the following Orders were made thereon:'. Not every field is filled in for every entry. Also includes A-Z index. Entry dated 2 December 1880 includes discussion of the following subjects: 'Additional Gully Traps', 'Salthill sewerage' , 'Estimated for repairs of Reservoirs', 'Sewerage Rate Collection' , 'Drainage of the swamp at Salt Hill', 'Application from Mr. Townsend for payment of his claim of £30:18:00 in Swallows and Bagnells Trials'. Entry dated 5 January 1882 includes the following report of the medical officers of health (and orders made there on): 'Want of W.C. and Ashpit accommodation in several houses in Church Land, and Church yard place.', 'To serve notice on the parties concerned to erect W. Closets and provide ash pits.' Entry dated 7 August includes the follow statement 'read letter from the Sisters of Mercy, Magdalen Asylum stating that they were unable to meet the expenses of connecting that institution with the main drain, and requesting the commissioners to have the work done.'
Date:June 3 1880 - 4 November 1886 Extent:c. 380 pp

LA3/3 Scope and Content:Bound volume containing the minutes of the proceedings of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority. The pages include printed formatting and fields, each entry is spread over three pages. Each entry contains the following fields 'Minutes of Proceedings of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority, at their meeting held on ...', 'Present', 'in the Chair' 'Other members Present', 'Reports of Committees read and disposed of as follows, namely:', 'Record of Sanitary work performed since the date of the last Meeting', 'The following communications from the Local Government Board were read', 'The following Special Business came before the Meeting', 'The following Accounts were laid before the Meeting, and Cherubs drawn for the amounts:' , 'Reports of Medical Officers of Health, and Orders made thereon:' , 'Monthly Report of the Medical Officer of Health read, and the following Orders made thereon:', 'The Report as to the Inspection of Common Lodging Houses was read as follows, and the following Orders were made thereon:'. Paginated pp1-395, not every field is filled in for every entry. Entry dated 3 February 1887 includes a report on the state of houses on Henry Street which states that 'the majority of the houses were small thatched ones, and could not well be connected with the main water or sewage systems, and that the only improvement that could be affected would be the erection of ash pits at the rear of the houses.' According to entry dated 3 March 1892 'notes were ordered to be served upon the occupiers of the cottages at Newtownsmith facing the Electric Company's premises to be shut up unless they be put into tenable repair.' According to entry dated 8 September 1892 'Sergeant Hart R.I.C. was appointed Inspector of Food and Drugs instead of Sergeant Redington who has been transferred to Oughterard.'
Date:2 December 1886-1 March 1894 Extent:c. 250 pp

LA3/4 Scope and Content:Bound volume containing the minutes of the proceedings of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority. The pages include printed formatting and fields, each entry is spread over three pages. Each entry contains the following fields 'Minutes of Proceedings of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority, at their meeting held on ...', 'Present', 'in the Chair' 'Other members Present', 'Reports of Committees read and disposed of as follows, namely:', 'Record of Sanitary work performed since the date of the last Meeting', 'The following communications from the Local Government Board were read', 'The following Special Business came before the Meeting', 'The following Accounts were laid before the Meeting, and Cheques drawn for the amounts:' , 'Reports of Medical Officers of Health, and Orders made thereon:' , 'Monthly Report of the Medical Officer of Health read, and the following Orders made thereon:', 'The Report as to the Inspection of Common Lodging Houses was read as follows, and the following Orders were made thereon:'. Paginated pp1-395, not every field is filled in for every entry. According to entry dated 7 March 1895 Mr. Sims submitted a report on the subject of the drainage of the swamp at Salthill. He estimated the cost filling swamp and draining same by means of pipes at £70 - Colonel O'Hara giving the material (stones) in his land free.' According to entry dated 5 march 1896 'A discussion took place as to Mr. Sims statement in his report that (in view of the increasing demand on the water supply that could under existing circumstances be sent to places situated considerably above the level of the present source of supply, it would be desirable to find out whether an efficient "Gravitation" water supply could be procured.' Attached to page 274 is a report published in October 1894 on proposed extensions to Galway Water supply. The report was compiled by L.L. Macassey, Engineer, Westminster and Belfast and submitted to J. Redington, Town Clerk, Galway.
Date:5 April 1894-2 January 1902 Extent:387 pp

LA3/5 Scope and Content:Bound volume containing the minutes of the proceedings of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority. The pages include printed formatting and fields, each entry is spread over three pages. Each entry contains the following fields 'Minutes of Proceedings of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority, at their meeting held on ...', 'Present', 'in the Chair' 'Other members Present', 'Reports of Committees read and disposed of as follows, namely:', 'Record of Sanitary work performed since the date of the last Meeting', 'The following communications from the Local Government Board were read', 'The following Special Business came before the Meeting', 'The following Accounts were laid before the Meeting, and Cheques drawn for the amounts:' , 'Reports of Medical Officers of Health, and Orders made thereon:' , 'Monthly Report of the Medical Officer of Health read, and the following Orders made thereon:', 'The Report as to the Inspection of Common Lodging Houses was read as follows, and the following Orders were made thereon:'. Entry dated 5 June 1903 states that 'A letter was read from Doctor Collinridge medical officer of health to the London Corporation stating that a number of Army Blankets which were infected with typhoid bacteria had been sent to the Salthill Industrial School- Secretary had a letter from the manager of the Industrial School stating that only one sample blanket and quilt had been received and had been since burned also read letter Doctor M.A. Leyden bearing out his statement.' Entry dated 11 May 1905 includes the following notice of motion from Martin Redington 'I here by give notice that, at the meeting to be held on 4th May, I will move that Labourers' Dwellings be built on the grounds at Prospect Hill in possession of the Urban Council, and that the necessary negotiations be at once entered into with the Local Government Board to apply for a loan for the purpose.' According to report dated 3 May 1906 '13 cases of Typhus Fever were reported from Claddagh the necessary steps to prevent a spread of the disease had been taken. One case of Typhoid was reported from No. 2 District.'
Date:23 January 1902-5 September 1907 Extent:350 pp

LA3/6 Scope and Content:Bound volume containing the minutes of the proceedings of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority. The pages include printed formatting and fields, each entry is spread over three pages. Each entry contains the following fields 'Minutes of Proceedings of the Galway Urban Sanitary Authority, at their meeting held on ...', 'Present', 'in the Chair' 'Other members Present', 'Reports of Committees read and disposed of as follows, namely:', 'Record of Sanitary work performed since the date of the last Meeting', 'The following communications from the Local Government Board were read', 'The following Special Business came before the Meeting', 'The following Accounts were laid before the Meeting, and Cheques drawn for the amounts:' , 'Reports of Medical Officers of Health, and Orders made thereon:' , 'Monthly Report of the Medical Officer of Health read, and the following Orders made thereon:', 'The Report as to the Inspection of Common Lodging Houses was read as follows, and the following Orders were made thereon:'. It is evident that some entries relate to the business of the Urban District Council rather than the Sanitary Authority, some entries are replicated in the minute books of the Urban District Council. (See LA4). According to entry dated 5 December 1907 the following motion was moved 'That the undertaking given by the Council in the old lease of Fairhill slob lands to spend £1000 thereon in the erection of a weighhouse etc., be altered and that the Council instead undertake to layout £1000 on the erection of Labourers Cottages there, and that the new lease to the council be prepared accordingly.' A report dated from the medical officer Dr. J.M. MacDonagh dated 11 November 1918 'Owing to the severe character of the present epidemic of influenza and the wide distribution of the disease all over the town, the council should use whatever authority it has to have all schools and places of amusement closed for the present.'
Date:5 October 1907-1 July 1920 Extent:695 pp