Historical Minutes

Digitizing of Council Minutes

In October 2017 the council minutes for 1919 to 2017 were digitized by Brian Johnson. This documents the procedure and some observations.

1919 to 1951

The minutes from 1919 to 1951 were hand written in two books. One covered the period from 1919 to 26 Jul 1937 and the second covered 3 Sep 1937 to 1951.

Each page was about 8″ x 13″ (or 16″ x 13″ for a double page). Due to the size and the fragile nature of the books it was decided not to scan them using a flatbed scanner. Instead the double pages were photographed using a DSLR camera, a copy stand and incandescent flood lighting. The RAW images were then converted to TIFF images, corrected for white balance and cropped to size.

The images were then assembled into PDF documents. Combining the 50-60 colour images from a book into a single PDF document would likely be too large to conveniently access on the web so each book was divided into sections.

Minute Books can be viewed by clicking on their name below. The selected minute book will open in a new tab in your browser. These are large files and may take a minute to load.

Book 1 – 1919 to 26 July 1937

Book 2 – 3 Sep 1937 to 1951

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