Abergavenny Borough, records 1794-1974
GB0218.D874, A510
GB0218.D874, A510
GB0218.D874, A510

Summary Information

Repository
Gwent Archives
Creator
Abergavenny Borough.
Title
Abergavenny Borough Records
ID
GB0218.D874, A510
Date
1794-1974 1794-1974
Extent
3.42 Cubic Metres
General Physical Description note
To be supplied
General Physical Description note
To be supplied
Language
English

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Biographical/Historical note

The town of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, grew up around a castle (founded in about 1090) and market. The Abergavenny Improvement Act 1794 saw the establishing of Abergavenny Improvement Commissioners who assumed various local government functions and erected a new Market House. The Commissioners became an urban sanitary authority as a result of the Public Health Act 1872. Under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894 the Improvement Commissioners were replaced by Abergavenny Urban District Council, an elected body made up of councillors and a chairman. Its responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments. UDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Surveyor and Sanitary Inspector. In 1900 Abergavenny was awarded a charter of incorporation and the Urban District Council became a Borough Council, made up of a mayor, aldermen and councillors. Its administrative functions remained much the same. In 1974 Abergavenny Borough Council was abolished and its functions assumed by the new Monmouth District Council. Abergavenny Burial Board was established as a result of the Burial Act 1853 in order to create and manage local cemeteries.

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Biographical/Historical note

The town of Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, grew up around a castle (founded in about 1090) and market. The Abergavenny Improvement Act 1794 saw the establishing of Abergavenny Improvement Commissioners who assumed various local government functions and erected a new Market House. The Commissioners became an urban sanitary authority as a result of the Public Health Act 1872. Under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894 the Improvement Commissioners were replaced by Abergavenny Urban District Council, an elected body made up of councillors and a chairman. Its responsibilities included sanitary services, sewerage, refuse collection, housing, streets, cemeteries, libraries, parks, controls on buildings such as petrol stations, and licensing of public entertainments. UDCs were administered by a number of committees and by appointed officers including a Clerk, Treasurer, Medical Officer of Health, Surveyor and Sanitary Inspector. In 1900 Abergavenny was awarded a charter of incorporation and the Urban District Council became a Borough Council, made up of a mayor, aldermen and councillors. Its administrative functions remained much the same. In 1974 Abergavenny Borough Council was abolished and its functions assumed by the new Monmouth District Council. Abergavenny Burial Board was established as a result of the Burial Act 1853 in order to create and manage local cemeteries.

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Scope and Contents note

Records of Abergavenny Improvement Commissioners, 1794-1911; Abergavenny Urban District Council, 1894-1900; Abergavenny Borough Council, 1859-1974; Abergavenny Burial Board, 1853-1941.

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Scope and Contents note

Records of Abergavenny Improvement Commissioners, 1794-1911; Abergavenny Urban District Council, 1894-1900; Abergavenny Borough Council, 1859-1974; Abergavenny Burial Board, 1853-1941.

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Arrangement note

To be supplied

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Arrangement note

To be supplied

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Gwent Archives

Conditions Governing Access note

Usual conditions apply

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Usual conditions apply

Conditions Governing Use note

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Accruals note

Accruals are not expected

Accruals note

Accruals are not expected

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

No information found

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

No information found

Appraisal note

All records have been retained

Appraisal note

All records have been retained

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Further records are in Gwent Record Office, D.1967a.

Related Archival Materials note

Further records are in Gwent Record Office, D.1967a.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Local government--Wales--Abergavenny; Abergavenny (Wales).--Borough Council--Archives; Abergavenny (Wales : Borough)--Archives;

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Other Finding Aids note

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

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Other Finding Aids note

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Gwent Record Office and the National Register of Archives.

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Collection Inventory

The Abergavenny Improvement Commissioners 

 D874/1 Minute Book 1794-1822 

 D874/2 Minute Book 1822-1853 

 D874/3 Minute Book 1854-1862 

 D874/4 Minute Book 1862-1871 

 D874/5 Minute Book 1871-1879 

 D874/6 Minute Book 1879-1881 

 D874/7 Minute Book 1881-1884 

 D874/8 Minute Book 1885-1887 

 D874/9 Minute Book 1887-1891 

 D874/10 Minute Book 1891-1894 

 D874/11 Committee for securing a new Act of Parliament 1853-1854 

 D874/12 Abergavenny Improvements Acts, etc. 1794, 1815 

 D874/13 Financial Statements 1884-1890 

 D874/14 Financial Statements (includes Abergavenny U.D.C.) 1890-1899 

 D874/15 Register of Mortgages 1796-1904 

 D874/16 Register of Mortgages 1872-1911 

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Abergavenny Urban District Council 

 D874/17 Minute Book 1894-1897 

 D874/18 Minute Book (as from 9 Nov 1899 refers to Abergavenny Borough) 1897-1900 

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Abergavenny Borough Council 

 D874/19 Minute Book 1901-1904 

 D874/20 Minute Book 1904-1907 

 D874/21 Minute Book 1907-1909 

 D874/22 Minute Book 1909-1912 

 D874/23 Minute Book 1912 

 D874/24 Minute Book 1912-1914 

 D874/25 Minute Book 1914-1917 

 D874/26 Minute Book 1917-1919 

 D874/27 Minute Book 1919-1921 

 D874/28 Minute Book 1921-1924 

 D874/29 Minute Book 1924-1928 

 D874/30 Minute Book 1928-1932 

 D874/31 Minute Book 1932-1935 

 D874/32 Minute Book 1935-1937 

 D874/33 Minute Book 1937-1939 

 D874/34 Minute Book 1939-1941 

 D874/35 Minute Book 1941-1943 

 D874/36 Minute Book 1943-1944 

 D874/37 Minute Book 1944-1945 

 D874/38 Minute Book 1945-1946 

 D874/39 Minute Book 1946-1947 

 D874/40 Minute Book 1947-1948 

 D874/41 Minute Book 1948-1949 

 D874/42 Minute Book 1949-1950 

 D874/43 Free Library Committee Minute Book 1900-1914 

 D874/44 Joint Isolation Hospital Committee Minute Book 1933-1949 

 D874/45 Joint Fire Bridage Committee Minute Book 1922-1941 

 D874/46 Copies of Official telegrams 1908-1923 

 D874/47 General Ledger 1908-1911 

 D874/48 General Ledger 1911-1914 

 D874/49 General Ledger 1914-1924 

 D874/50 General Ledger 1932-1933 

 D874/51 General Ledger 1938-1942 

 D874/52 General Rate Fund account Expenditure Journal 1935-1948 

 D874/53 General Rate Fund account Expenditure Journal 1948-1956 

 D874/54 General Rate Fund account Expenditure Journal 1956-1963 

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Waterworks 

 D874/55 General Ledger 1913-1928 

 D874/56 General Ledger 1928-1932 

 D874/57 Treasurer's account 1912-1928 

 D874/58/1 Miscellaneous papers, including Correspondence re water supply to Chapel Mill, 1859: Agreement re: lease of Chapel Mill and opposition to Parliamentary Bill, 1860: Abergavenny Improvement Act, 1860, (re: water supplies) 1859-1860 

 D874/58/2 Miscellaneous papers, including analysis of Llwyndu Well and Penypound reservoir: Analysis of water from the reserve pond (Kibby brook) water, 1883: Specifications and tenders Llwyndu tank, 1887. 1859-1860 

 D874/58/3 Miscellaneous papers, including Report on Llwyndu well water, 1892: Mr Mansergh's report on water supply of Abergavenny, 1897: Correspondence with Marquess of Abergavenny re water, 1901-1902: Local Government Board Order re: Local Inquiry, 1905: Report of Mr Togmarah Rees re: site for water storage reservoir, 1905: Report of Mr Baldwin Latham to Mon. County Council re county water supply, 1906: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1908-1909. 1892-1909 

 D874/58/4 Monmouthshire County Council Bill, including Mon. County Council Bill (water), 1908: Petition against by Borough of Abergavenny: Brief to Counsel to oppose: Correspondence 1907-1908: Abergavenny Chronicle newspaper, 10 April, 1 May 1908: Minutes of Evidence (part), 25 May 1908. 1907-1908 

 D874/58/5 Abertillery and District Water Bill, including Minutes of Abergavenny Council, 1910: Reports of Committees and Consultant Engineer, 1910: Letters from agents, 1910-1911: Correspondence with solicitor to promoters: Print of Bill, 1910: Clauses for protection of Abergavenny Borough: Petition for Abergavenny Corporation against the Bill: Brief to Counsel; proofs of witnesses; Minutes of Evidence, House of Lords, June 1910: Miscellaneous papers. 1910 

 D874/58/6 Abergavenny Waterworks extension, including Report by E.W. Dixon on proposed extensions, 1910: Report of special committee, 1910: General description of scheme, 1911: Plan of proposals, 1911: Applications for loan sanctions and reports, 1911: Agreement, Draft Conveyance etc. with Marquess of Abergavenny, 1912: Report by G.R. Thompson (analyst) on water, 1912: Valuation of spring lands, 1912: Reports of special committees, 1912: Notice re: water mains without the District, 1912: Abergavenny Chronicle with Do, 1912: Notice re L.G.B. local Inquiry, 1912: Newspaper reports of Inquiry, 1912: Correspondence, 1904-1912: Statement by Town Clerk at Inquiry, 1912: Correspondence with Messrs. Gabb and Walford re: objection, 1912: Correspondence with Usk Board of Conservators, 1912: Correspondence re: contract with Messrs. T.J. Davies and Co., 1912: Draft Contract and correspondence with Messsrs. Barnes, Chaplin and Co., 1912: Correspondence with E.w. Dixon, engineer, 1910 - 1913: Correspondence with Abergavenny Estate, 1909-1913: Final statement of work executed, 1914. 1910-1914 

 D874/58/7 Waterworks, new reservoir, including Correspondence with contractor, engineer etc. re: construction of new reservoir: Engineer's reports nos. 1 to 11: General conditions of contract and specification of works, 1912: Correspondence re: taking in additional springs, 1913: L.G.B. Provisional Orders Confirmation (No. 10) Act, 1905. 1912-1915 

 D874/58/8 Report re: pollution of water supply and covering of storage tank. 1926 

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Gas Works 

 D874/59 Treasurer's account 1882-1887 

 D874/60 Treasurer's account (N.B. This last volume contains the Treasurer's rating account 1928-1964) 1925-1928 

 D874/61 General Ledger 1910-1916 

 D874/62 General Ledger 1943-1947 

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British Restaurant 

 D874/63 Ledger 1944-1955 

 D874/64 Deposit Book 1943-1948 

 D874/65 Wages and insurance register 1944-1954 

 D874/66 Wages register 1954 

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Miscellaneous Correspondence and Agreements N.B. This correspondence and these agreements relate to the activities of the Improvement Commissioners, the U.D.C. and the Borough Council. The papers of each are intermixed and no attempt has been made to separate them. 

 D874/67/1 Correspondence, Orders, etc. Local Government Board 1878-1884 

 D874/67/2 Correspondence, Orders, etc. Local Government Board 1885-1888 

 D874/67/3 Correspondence, Orders, etc. Local Government Board, with appointments (of officers) 1886-1906 

 D874/67/4 Correspondence, Orders, etc., Local Government Board, including Scheme for Abergavenny Grammar School 1889 

 D874/67/5 Correspondence, Orders, etc., Local Government Board, including 1891 Charity Commission Scheme re: Abergavenny Grammar School. 1890-1892 

 D874/67/6 Correspondence, Orders, etc. Local Government Board. 1892-1893 

 D874/67/7 Correspondence, Orders, etc. Local Government Board 1894-1895 

 D874/67/8 Correspondence, Orders etc. Local Government Board 1895-1903 

 D874/67/9 Correspondence, Orders etc. Local Government Board 1897-1900 

 D874/67/10 Correspondence, Orders etc. Local Government Board 1901-1905 

 D874/67/11 Miscellaneous papers including correspondence, orders, Local Government Board circulars, Improvement Act, 1860, Reports etc. (35 items) 1881-1911 

 D874/67/12 New Town Hall and Market. Instructions to architects, proposals, specifications, estimate, miscellaneous tenders, bills. 1869-1871 

 D874/67/13 Returns of receipts and expenditure to Local Government Board Year Ending 31 Mar 1900-Year Ending 31 Mar 1903 

 D874/67/14 Annual return to Local Government Board as to Sinking Funds 31 Mar 1897-31 Mar 1917 

 D874/68/1 Release of messuage in Flannel Street and a piece of ground near the market place in Abergavenny - Hanbury Williams to Cadogan. 25 Mar 1800 

 D874/68/2 Mortgage of above premises to Watkins and Straker 15 Feb 1810 

 D874/68/3 Lease of a room over the Barley market within the market place of Abergavenny, also a shop near the last mentioned room under the Collonade in front of the market place. Improvised Commissioners to Edward Lewis 26 Jul 1844 

 D874/68/4 Conveyance of 790 sq. yds of land adjoining Market Lane, Abergavenny (marginal plan) Havard to Improvement Commissioners 22 Apr 1872 

 D874/68/5 Covenant for production of deeds re: above 22 Apr 1872 

 D874/69/1 Miscellaneous papers re: Town Hall, including - Agreements re: alterations, 1888, 1909: Covering roof with copper, 1911: Conditions re: holding theatrical performances, 1916: Electrical installation, 1932: Correspondence, agreements etc. re: Town Hall clock, 1895-1914. 1886-1937 

 D874/69/2 Miscellaneous papers re: markets, including - contracts relating to general markets, 1870-1938: Contracts relating to cattle market, 1878-1939: Insurance on market place and halls, 1827: Agreements re: space in cattle market, 1886-1920: Agreements for removal of manure and street sweepings, 1878-1916: Slaughter house contracts, 1906-1929: etc. 1827-1939 

 D874/69/3 Miscellaneous papers re: gasworks including - Contracts for the erection of plant, 1873-1935: Contracts for supply of gas goal, 1877-1934: Contracts for the sale of ammoniacal liquor, tar etc.: Agreements for supply of gas. 1873-1935 

 D874/69/4 Miscellaneous papers re: fire bridage, including - Agreement for erecting a fire engine station and caretaker's cottage, 1896: Receipts for uniforms, 1900: Agreement for erecting a fire escape shed and recreation room, 1932. 1896-1932 

 D874/69/5 Miscellaneous papers re: waterworks including, Regulations for the new waterworks, 1860: Notice of new service from well at Llwyndu, 1861: Miscellaneous contracts. 1860-1932 

 D874/69/6 Miscellaneous papers re: sewerage including Report to Abersychan Local Board on Abersychan sewerage, 1871: Agreement for construction of sewer, 1878: Reports on Abergavenny sewerage, 1879: Reports on tenders for sewage works, 1881: Contract for footbridge (to convey sewage) over the River Usk, 1882. 1871-1899, 1910, 1928 

 D874/69/7 Miscellaneous papers re: cemetery and Burial Board 1898-1939 

 D874/69/8 Miscellaneous papers re: Abergavenny School Attendance Committee, including - Byelaws, 1901: Schedules of Children reaching required educational standards, 1900, 1901: Etc. 1898-1901 

 D874/69/9 Miscellaneous licences including, Music and Dancing, Town Hall and Castle grounds, 1896-1900: Theatrical etc., Town Hall, 1886-1904: Locomotive (roller) 1890- 1898. 1890-1904 

 D874/69/10 Miscellaneous agreements re: Castle grounds. including tenancy of Castle House and refreshment rooms, 1884- 1918 (10): as to swing boats and entertainments, 1909- 1911 (4): As to employment of gardener, 1880. 1880-1918 

 D874/69/11 Agreements for grazing or cutting Castle meadows 1885-1923 

 D874/69/12 Agreements for grazing and improvements at Bailey Park. 1890-1941 

 D874/69/13 Agreements for improvements at, or leasing of, Llanfoist farm 1884-1935 

 D874/69/14 Miscellaneous and general agreements including - agreement for pitching the town of Abergavenny, 1849: Dedication of Western Road as a public highway, 1881: Agreement re experimental use of highway material, 1890: Erection of British Restaurant, 1943: Llwyni Housing site preparation, 1947: 1849-1947 

 D874/69/15 Miscellaneous papers, including Sanctions to appointments of Medical Officer and Inspectors of Nuisances, 1873 - 1906: Collector's Bond, 1873: Collector's indemnity of Insurance, 1866: Precept for a special meeting of the Commissioners, 1885: Memorial re public bathing place in River Usk, 1879: Ballot papers for election of Commissioners, 1861: Agreement re: veterinary services, 1892, 1893, 1895: Scheme for the adjustment of the property, rights, liabilities etc., of Abergavenny U.D.C. in the event of a grant of a charter of incorporation, 1899: Formation of a Welsh Mounted Force, 1914: Programme, Abergavenny Eisteddfod, 1923: Abergavenny A.A.A. Accounts, 1901, 1902: Bonded Store Accounts, 1900: Precept for library rate, 1905. 1861-1923 

 D874/69/16 Miscellaneous papers re: Abergavenny hospitals. Including - Proceedings of a public meeting re: establishment of a general dispensary, 1828: Agreement re: isolation hospital, 1896: Purchase of land for Joint Dispensary and Cottage Hospital, 1897-1901. 1897-1901 

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Plans 

 D874/70/1 Abergavenny Improvement 1860 Plan and Section of an intended reservoir and aqueduct in par. Abergavenny. 1860 

 D874/70/2 Abergavenny Corporation Gas Works - Plan of proposed new retort bench, 1907. 1907 

 D874/70/3 Abergavenny Corporation Housing Scheme Contract, Bond, Specification and plans for erection of 20 houses. 1927 1927 

 D874/70/4 Abergavenny Corporation Housing Scheme Contract, Bond, Specification and plans for erection of 20 houses of Skirrid and Deri Rd., 1928. 1928 

 D874/70/5 Abergavenny Corporation Housing Scheme Contract, Bond, Specification and plans for erection of 44 houses adjoining Bailey Park, 1930. 1930 

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Rating and Valuation 

 D874/71 Rate Book 1864 

 D874/72 Rate Book 1872 

 D874/73 Rate Book 1914 

 D874/74 Rate Book - Improvement Act and Water Rate 1914 

 D874/75 Rate Book 1938 

 D874/76 Rate Book 1938-1939 

 D874/77 Rate Book 1939-1940 

 D874/78 Rate Book 1946-1947 

 D874/79 Rate Book 1951-1952 

 D874/111 Rate Book 1840  

 D874/112 Rate Book 1850 

 D874/113 Rate Book 1851  

 D874/114 Rate Book 1856 

 D874/115 Rate Book 1857  

 D874/116 Rate Book Undated 

 D874/80 Valuation List 1852 

 D874/81 Valuation List 1864 

 D874/82 Valuation List with Supplemental List 1868 1867 

 D874/83 Valuation List 1868 

 D874/84 Valuation List 1885 

 D874/85 Valuation List (with Supplementals to 1889) 1886 

 D874/86 Valuation List 1897 

 D874/87 Valuation List (with Supplementals to 1906) 1899 

 D874/88 Valuation List 1914 

 D874/89 Valuation List 1921 

 D874/90 Valuation List 1929 

 D874/91 Valuation List 1934 

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Abergavenny Parish 

 D874/92 Vestry Meeting Minute Book 1711-1804 

 D874/93 Vestry Meeting Minute Book 1804-1854 

 D874/94 Vestry Meeting Minute Book 1854-1908 

 D874/95 Overseers Receipt and Payment Book 1848-1862 

 D874/96 Overseers Receipt and Payment Book 1863-1868 

 D874/97 Overseers Receipt and Payment Book 1868-1883 

 D874/98 Overseers Receipt and Payment Book 1883-1905 

 D874/99 Collector's Monthly Statement Book 1896-1907 

 D874/100 Collector's Monthly Statement Book 1907-1919 

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Abergavenny Burial Board 

 D874/101 Minute Book 1853-1923 

 D874/102 Register of Burials 1855-1875 

 D874/103 Register of Burials 1875-1893 

 D874/104 Register of Burials 1893-1913 

 D874/105 Register of Burials 1913-1938 

 D874/106 Register of Graves 1855-1879 

 D874/107 Register of Purchased Graves 1855-1901 

 D874/108 Register of Purchased Graves 1901-1925 

 D874/109 Register of Purchased Graves 1925-1941 

 D874/110/1 Miscellaneous papers 1852-1933 

 D874/110/2 Abstracts of Accounts 1854-1891 

 D874/110/3 Plans of Chapels and Lodges in cemetery 1854 

 D874/110/4 Plan (tracing) of drainage in cemetery (Very dilapidated) 1870 

 D874/110/5 Vouchers Undated 

 D874/110/6 Vouchers 1856-1859 

 D874/110/7 Vouchers 1861-1862 

 D874/110/8 Vouchers 1862-1864 

 D874/110/9 Vouchers 1865 

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Abergavenny Chronicle Newspaper 1915 

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 1918 

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 1920 

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 1922 

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 1924 

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 1927 

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 1930 

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 1932 

 1933 

 1934 

 1935 

 1936 

 1937 

 1938 

 1939 

 1940 

 1941 

 1942 

 1943 

 1944 

 1945 

 1946 

 1947 

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 1949 

 1951 

 1952 

 1953 

 1954 

 1955 

 1956 

 1957 

 1958 

 1959 

 1960 

 1961 

 1962 

 1963 

 1964 

 1965 

 1966 

 1967 

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