Sydney County Council

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Plaque on exterior wall of The Sydney County Council building with its Latin motto, translated as "Let the future excel the past".

The Sydney County Council (SCC) was formed in 1935 to produce electricity and operate the electricity network for part of metropolitan Sydney. The county council was established by the state government to represent several local government areas. It assumed control of the Electricity Department of the Sydney City Council. In 1952, the SCC lost most its electricity generation functions to the Electricity Commission of New South Wales and retained only its distribution functions. The SCC was merged with other municipal county councils in 1989 to form Sydney Electricity.

History[edit]

In 1904, the Electricity Department of the Municipal Council of Sydney, one of the two main authorities responsible for electricity generation at the time, began to generate electricity for streetlights in the Sydney CBD. Pyrmont Power Station began operations in 1904, as the Sydney Electric Lighting Station, and was expanded over time. Construction of the Bunnerong Power Station began in 1926, and when Bunnerong 'A' Station was completed in 1937 it had a capacity of 175 MW, making it the largest power station in the State, and further expansion brought its capacity to 375 MW, making Bunnerong the largest power station in the southern hemisphere.

In 1935, the Sydney County Council was formed to which was transferred the Electricity Department of the Sydney City Council as well as its power stations, which by then supplied electricity to the City of Sydney beyond street lighting.[1] After the Electricity Commission of New South Wales was created in 1950 to manage electricity generation across the state, the SCC's Bunnerong and Pyrmont Power Stations were transferred to the Electricity Commission in 1952; and the SCC became an electricity distributor only.

In 1989, the state government formed Sydney Electricity, a government controlled corporation, to take over electricity distribution functions from municipal councils, including the SCC.[1] In 1996, Sydney Electricity was merged with Orion Energy to form EnergyAustralia, a government-controlled enterprise.[2][3] On 2 March 2011, EnergyAustralia changed its name to Ausgrid. The retail business of EnergyAustralia and its name had been sold to Hong-Kong listed TRUenergy in 2010, which in 2012 changed its name to EnergyAustralia.[1]

Chairmen[edit]

Years Name Council
1935–1937 Stan Lloyd[4] Enfield
1937–1938 Arthur McElhone Sydney
1938–1939 Harry Gardiner Redfern
1939–1940 Stanley Parry[5] Canterbury
1940–1941 Ernest Tresidder[6] Sydney
1941–1942 Stanley Parry[7] Canterbury
1942–1943 William Neville Harding Sydney
1943–1945 Stanley Parry[8] Canterbury
1945–1946 Arthur McElhone Sydney
1946–1947 John Cramer[9] North Sydney
1947–1948 Frank Grenville Pursell[10] Sydney
1948–1950 John Cramer North Sydney
1950–1952 William Parker Henson[11] Sydney
1952–1954 Pat Hills Sydney
1954–1955 Harry Jensen Randwick
1955–1956 Frank Green Sydney
1958–1959 Ernest Charles O'Dea Sydney
1959–1960 William Murray Marrickville
1963–1965 John Armstrong Sydney
1966–1970 Kath Anderson
1971 John Shaw
1984–1985 Ivan Petch Ryde

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c About-Ausgrid
  2. ^ http://trove.nla.gov.au/people/531107?c=people
  3. ^ "Power for the People: A history of electricity in Sydney". Jobson, S. Retrieved 27 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "COUNTY COUNCIL". The Sydney Morning Herald (30,475). New South Wales, Australia. 5 September 1935. p. 11. Retrieved 4 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN". The Canberra Times. 13, (3,534). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 18 January 1939. p. 2. Retrieved 4 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN". The Sydney Morning Herald (31,846). New South Wales, Australia. 24 January 1940. p. 17. Retrieved 4 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN". The Sydney Morning Herald (32,158). New South Wales, Australia. 22 January 1941. p. 12. Retrieved 4 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  8. ^ "COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN". The Sydney Morning Herald (33,100). New South Wales, Australia. 26 January 1944. p. 11. Retrieved 4 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  9. ^ "COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN". The Sydney Morning Herald (33,717). New South Wales, Australia. 16 January 1946. p. 4. Retrieved 4 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  10. ^ "COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN". The Sydney Morning Herald (34,029). New South Wales, Australia. 15 January 1947. p. 4. Retrieved 4 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  11. ^ "LABOUR BID TO UNSEAT S.C.C. CHAIRMAN". The Sydney Morning Herald (35,282). New South Wales, Australia. 19 January 1951. p. 5. Retrieved 4 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.