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From Empire to International CommonwealthA Biography of Lionel Curtis$
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Deborah Lavin

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198126164

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198126164.001.0001

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A School for Citizens

A School for Citizens

(p.40) 3 A School for Citizens
From Empire to International Commonwealth

Deborah Lavin

Oxford University Press

The councillors of Johannesburg met for the first time on 18 May 1901. Curtis was Town Clerk. He was instrumental in forming the municipality. The machinery of city government had to be created ‘from the boiler to the last wheel’. This chapter states that Curtis devised a system of Council business which left the Councillors to establish themselves in the competitive world of reviving Johannesburg entrepreneurship. He encouraged a clean sweep of inexperienced Council officials and the corrupt heirlooms from the old administration. In September 1901, he prepared a long Memorandum on the present and future boundaries of Johannesburg — no less than a scheme for a new model city. Building a municipality in Johannesburg was taxing with issues on the mining industry and public health care. Later on, Curtis had declared his intention to Howard Pim of staying in South Africa to study general problems; he was thinking of federation.

Keywords:   Johannesburg, municipality, Town Clerk, entrepreneurship, mining industry, public health care, Howard Pim, federation

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