1860 – 1870: Local Government

From a local perspective the separation of Victoria from New South Wales was not nearly so important as the granting of local government to Sandridge in 1860. The leading citizens of Sandridge were very angry when municipal government was granted to various neighbouring districts but denied to them largely through the opposition of the City of Melbourne. Sandridge residents hoped their own council would give them for roads, drainage and services as well as freedom from the overbearing Melbourne Corporation. There was keen competition for election to new the Borough Council.

Thomas Swallow the co-founder of the Swallow and Ariel food manufacturing company was the second chairman of the municipality.

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