How to Use this Series
The units are arranged in chronological order. (For some years there are two sets: the Lord Mayor's and the Town Clerk's; for other years, one set only.)
Series Date Range
Conference papers for meetings held prior to 1960 and since 1980 have not been located.
There were no conference papers for 1973. No conference was held that year due to adjustment in meeting dates.
Function / Content
Sets of agendas, and background papers of Lord Mayors and Town Clerks for annual Conferences of Lord Mayors and Town Clerks of Capital Cities. Some sets of papers are annotated.
Conferences of Lord Mayors and Town Clerks of Capital Cities were held annually from 1950 to discuss matters of State and Federal nature of interest to all states. The conferences provided a forum to share experience on problems that probably affected them all, and to prepare a united front in their representations to the Federal Government.
Papers were circulated prior to the conferences, to assist in preparation for the meetings; during the conferences, delegates noted items of interest and motions put in the course of the conferences.
Change of Administrative Arrangements
Since 1966, the papers and official minutes of the conferences were distributed under the auspices of the Australian Capital Cities' Secretariat.
Changes to Title of Conference
Until 1965 the conferences were officially for Lord Mayors - with Town Clerks in attendance: Conferences of Lord Mayors of Capital Cities. Since 1966 Lord Mayors and Town Clerks were both included in the conference title: Conferences of Lord Mayors and Town Clerks of Capital Cities. From 1970, the name of the secretariat, Australian Capital Cities Secretariat (ACCS), was associated with the title: ACCS Conference of Lord Mayors and Town Clerks.
System of Arrangement and Control
The series was arranged in chronological order. Each set of conference papers is arranged in the order of the items on the agenda.
Dates for some years were attached to the spines of the volumes. The name of the delegate was on the front of some volumes.