Queen's Park Caretakers

At various times the gardens have been looked after by a caretaker, with other council workers being drawn on for maintenance work.

In 1887 Mr Cairns and George Squires were accused by the town clerk, Mr Hobson, of taking twice as long as it should to paint the seats in the park; Squires was also accused of using insulting language and to being assaulted.  He was taken to court, fined and imprisoned in Ballarat Gaol for two weeks because he could not pay the fine.  Mr Harris was superintendent of planting in the Borough in 1872.  The first caretaker mentioned in council minutes was Mr Fry, who requested a pay rise in 1885.  After the death of the caretaker in 1895, Robert Crawford was selected from 11 applicants.  Although well-received at first, reports of his work were later highly critical.  In 1899 M. Davey was selected from 8 applicants.  Although paid for only three days work per week, Mr Davey worked for 5 days per week.  In 1908, Mr Davey fell ill and died.  Mr Richardson, curator of the bowling club, helped look after the park until the new caretaker,  William Webb was appointed (from 4 applicants).  Mr Webb received a pay rise in 1914; he worked 3 days per week.  His services were terminated in 1917, when the foreman (Mr Ford) took over the duties.  Mr Ford resigned in 1920, with his duties being taken over by the assistant foreman, Mr Purcell.  In 1927 Mr F. Preston volunteered to be caretaker of both Queen's Park and Victoria Park for only £10 per year.