Eleven town councils have served Victoria in 40 years
Victoria voters went to the polls to elect their first town
council on Sept. 18, 1971. In those days it was the custom in all towns that the candidate polling the highest number of votes would subsequently be elected mayor by his or her fellow councillors.
Lloyd Clarke topped the poll and had the honour of becoming the town’s first mayor.
Frank E. Clarke polled the second highest vote, and, again following custom, became deputy mayor.
Gordon Clarke, Harold Priddle, Ludwig Baldwin, Hunter Deering and James Mahaney rounded out the first council.
Frank E. Clarke assumed the mayor’s chair on May 31, 1972 and finished out the first term after Lloyd Clarke resigned on May 17 of that year.
Ludwig Baldwin and Hunter Deering served two years on council, until Nov. 7, 1973.
James Mahaney served less than a year, until June 7, 1972. Second council elected
Nov. 21, 1973 In the town’s second municipal general election, Frank E. Clarke topped the poll and continued as mayor with Gordon Clarke as deputy mayor and councillors Walter J. Clarke, George E. Clarke, Albert Powell, Harold Priddle, George Snook and Ernest Clarke.
Frank E. Clarke resigned from council Dec. 17, 1974.
Gordon Clarke served on council from Sept. 18, 1971 to Nov. 9, 1977. He served as deputy mayor from Nov. 21, 1973 to Dec. 17, 1974 and mayor from Dec. 30, 1974 to November, 1977, a total of six years.
Walter J. Clarke served as deputy mayor from Dec. 30, 1974 to Nov., 1977.
Ernest Clarke served on council from May 17, 1975 to Feb. 8, 1977. Third council - Nov. 9, 1977 Mayor Edwin Clarke; Dep. Mayor Frank E. Clarke; Councillors: George Snook, Harold Priddle, Glenn Clarke, Roscoe Cole, Elihu Antle, Robert Clarke and David White.
Frank E. Clarke served as deputy mayor until March 13, 1978 when he became mayor, a post he held until Nov. 20, 1989. He was re-elected to council in that municipal general election, serving a total of 17 years on council.
Edwin Clarke resigned on March 13, 1978 after serving only four months in the mayor’s chair
Robert Clarke served on council from April 24, 1978 to Nov. 10, 1981, and from Nov. 12, 1985 to ‘89.
David White served on council from April 24, 1978 to Nov. 10, 1981 (three years). Fourth council - Nov. 10, 1981 Mayor Frank E. Clarke; Dep. Mayor Fred Baldwin; Councillors, Elihu Antle, Helen Higdon, Harold Priddle, Shirley Hiscock and Roscoe Cole.
Elihu Antle and Rosco Cole both served on council until Nov. 12, 1985 (eight years). Fifth council - Nov. 12, 1985 Mayor Frank E. Clarke; Dep. Mayor Glenn Clarke; councillors: Helen Higdon, Fred Baldwin, Clarence Baldwin, Robert Clarke and George Pryor.
Fred Baldwin served as deputy mayor from Nov. 23,, 1981 to Nov. 27, 1985, and as a councillor until Nov. 1989 (eight years). Sixth council - Nov. 20, 1989 Mayor Glenn Clarke; Dep. Mayor Helen Higdon; councillors: William Hiscock, Frank E. Clarke, Robert Clarke, Lillian Parsons and Clifford Harris.
William Hiscock, Clifford Harris and Lillian Parsons all served two years (1989-’91). Seventh council - Fall, 1993 Mayor Helen Higdon; Dep. Mayor Glenn Clarke; councillors: Robert Clarke, Clifford Harris Albert King, Frank E. Clarke and Arthur Burke.
Helen Higdon served on council from Nov. 23, 1981 to November 1989. She was elected deputy mayor on Nov. 20, 1989. Eighth council - Fall, 1998 Mayor Glenn Clarke; Dep. Mayor Arthur Burke; councillors: Norman Penney, Sidney Antle, Fred Baldwin, Clifford Harris and Frank E. Clarke.
Glenn Clarke vacated the mayor’s chair in 1999, when work commitments saw him transferred out of town.
Dep. Mayor Arthur Burke took over as mayor and completed the mandate along with Dep. Mayor Frank E. Clarke; councillors Sidney Antle, Norman Penney, Aubrey Rose, Fred Baldwin and Vivian Hiscock. Ninth council - September, 2001
Arthur Burke became the town’s first mayor to be elected on a separate ballot in 2001. Dep. Mayor Barry Dooley and councillors Ingemar Dean, Robert Clarke, Frank E. Clarke, Vivian Hiscock and Lynn Burke-Evely were also elected to complete Victoria’s ninth council. Tenth council - September, 2005
Mayor Arthur Burke; Dep Mayor Barry Dooley; councillors: Ingemar Dean, David Bourne, Aubrey Rose, Robert Clarke and Vivian Hiscock. Eleventh and current council -
September, 2009 Mayor Arthur Burke; Dep. Mayor Jeanette Burke-Penney; councillors Jennifer Baker, Stephen King, Aubrey Rose, Robert Clarke and Vivian Hiscock.
CURRENT COUNCIL - The current Victoria Council elected in September, 2009 are seated from left: Town Clerk Sharon Snooks; Mayor Arthur Burke; Deputy Mayor Jeanette Burke-Penney. Back row, from left: Councillors, Jennifer Baker, Stephen King, Aubrey Rose, Robert Clarke and Walter ( Vivian) Hiscock. FIRST COUNCIL - Victoria’s first council was elected in September, 1971. Standing from left: Lloyd Clarke, the town’s first mayor; Councillors Gordon Clarke and Hunter Deering. Seated: Councillor Ludwig Baldwin, Deputy Mayor Frank E. Clarke and Councillor Harold Priddle. Missing from photo councillor James Mahaney.
MUNICIPAL CENTRE - Built in 1974, the Victoria Municipal Centre has undergone a considerable facelift in recent years. Besides the council chambers, the building houses the administrative offices and a large meeting room on the ground floor. A library, town archives and supply room and office for the Victoria Army Cadets can be found on the second floor. A new War Memorial has been erected near the building.