1966 Victoria County Municipal Council
This photograph of the Municipal Council was taken in February of 1966 (over half a century ago). It was taken during the annual week-long council sessions held in the month of February.
It was the last big council which consisted of nineteen councillors . At that time, there were eighteen districts with Ingonish divided into two separate areas – 7A and 7B. Elected in the fall of 1964, the councillors term began in February, 1965, for a period of three years.
In the latter part of 1967, the number of districts and councillors had been downsized from eighteen to twelve. Then in November 2000, a further downsizing reduced the number of districts and councillors to the eight currently in place today.
When the photo was taken, the warden was John R. Fraser ( front row centre) representing the district of Boularderie. He was elected in 1956 and served until the autumn of 1976. For eight of those twenty years, he was warden between 1959 and 1967.
The readers will notice that there are two councillors not identified - actually I know their names and their districts but, I do not know who is who. The gentlemen in question are: John C. Maclean , District 7A – North Ingonish , and, James G. Macaskill. District 9, Bay St. Lawrence. If anyone can help, please contact me.
Members of the Victoria County Municipal Council in 1966 included, front row (L-R): Neil A. Macleod, South Haven; Murdoch J. Macrae, Middle River; R. Fisher Hudson, County Solicitor; John R. Fraser, Boularderie; Daniel L. Macaulay, Clerk/treasurer; Sandy Bain, New Campbellton; and, Duncan F. Buchanan, Big Baddeck. Middle row: L-R: Richard Hunt, Northside Little Narrows; William F. Dunphy, South Ingonish; Edward H. Burton, Cape North; (unidentified); Donald Walker, Iona; Kenneth Matheson, Southside Little Narrows; (unidentified); and Alexander Smith, North Shore. Back row: L-R: Donald M. Nicholson, Englishtown; Neil S. Maclean, Washabuck; Daniel J. Campbell, Big Bras d”or; Daniel D. Macaulay, Baddeck; Frank Dowling, Neil’s Harbour; and, Angus J. Morrison, North River. Photograph is courtesy of Darren and Lauri Macaulay, Baddeck.