Agency Details

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Agency ID10422
TitleWynnum Town Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 30/11/1912
End Date 1/10/1925
Date NotesN/A

Created under the Local Government/Authorities Acts to provide local administration and public services in urban areas.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
3705General Ledgers 30/11/1912 31/12/1918
3643Attendance Books 30/11/1912 30/9/1925
3619Minutes 30/11/1912 30/9/1925
3621Specifications and Contracts 30/11/1912 30/9/1925
3653Minute Book (Works Committee) 1/1/1922 31/5/1923
3645Register of Instructions for Works 1/1/1923 31/3/1924
3646Minute Book (Various Committees) 1/1/1923 30/9/1925
6119Valuation and Rate Books 1/1/1925 1/10/1925
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 30/12/1912 1/10/1925
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
8733Wynnum Shire Council
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
247Brisbane City Council II
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Related Agencies

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1912, Vol. XCIX, No. 149, p. 1449
Harris C.P., Local Government and Regionalism in Queensland, 1859 to 1977, Canberra: ANU, 1978, pp.21-23, 80-83
Greenwood G and Laverty J, Brisbane 1859-1959: A History of Local Government, Brisbane: O.L.Ziegler and BCC, 1959, p.254
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Establishing Local Authorities Acts 1902
Abolishing City of Brisbane Act 1924
Administered N/A
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The Local Authorities Act 1902 consolidated local government and established two classes - Towns and Shires. In regulating local authority, the Act provided that the whole or parts of any shire may be constituted as a town. Under this Act, on 31 Nov 1912, the Wynnum Town Council was created assuming the powers and functions of the former Wynnum Shire Council.

Under the Local Authorities Act 1902, the primary function of Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, water, sanitation and drainage, public health services, parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, street lighting, as well as the regulation of a wide variety of local issues. Council had powers in relation to the construction of buildings, fire prevention, public nuisances, places of amusement, public carriers, slaughter houses, markets, animals and traffic, etc.

The Council was also responsible for administering the Local Fund, and for valuing properties within the Shire for the purpose of determining and collecting rates, which together with endowments and loans formed its revenue base. The general powers of Council were exercised through the passing of by-laws approved by Governor-in-Council.

The Town was governed by a rate-payer elected council comprising a chairman and councillors. Special or general purpose committees were appointed reporting to Council. Council appointed its own officers to administer its business, headed by a Clerk.

The City of Brisbane was created on 1 Oct 1925 under the City of Brisbane Act 1924 by the amalgamation of a number of local authorities, boards and public utilities, including:
- Cities of Brisbane and South Brisbane
- Towns of Hamilton, Ithaca, Toowong, Windsor, Sandgate, and Wynnum
- Shires of Balmoral, Belmont, Coorparoo, Enoggera, Kedron, Moggill, Sherwood, Stephens, Taringa, and Toombul and,
- Parts of the Shires of Tingalpa and Yeerongpilly
Accordingly, the Wynnum Town Council ceased to exist on 1 Oct 1925.

Home Secretary 30-Nov-1912 - 1 Oct 1925
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID10422, Wynnum Town Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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