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Agency ID11123
TitleBowen Town Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 6/2/1960
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
10793Documents of Agreement, Contract, Indenture and Lease 31/3/1903 6/2/1960
18785Minute Books 18/5/1920 6/2/1960
21047Contract Ledger - Bowen Town Council 1/6/1920 1/4/1960
18783Minute Books 9/4/1929 20/8/1953
21048Electric Light Committee Minute Book - Bowen Town Council 10/10/1946 18/6/1953
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 31/3/1903 5/12/1935
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 10/12/1941
231Local Government Department I 10/12/1941 6/2/1960
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Previous Agencies

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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
349Bowen Shire Council
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Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Local Authorities Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 1909, Vol. CXIII, No. 181, p. 1404
Queensland Government Gazette 1960, Vol. CCIII, No. 44, p. 477
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Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Abolishing Local Government Acts 1936 - 1959
Administered N/A
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Under the "Local Authorities Act of 1902" all Municipal Councils became Town Councils; Bowen Municipal Council became Bowen Town Council on 31 March 1903.

The functions and powers of the Council under the "Local Authorites Act 1902" included construction and maintenance of roads and streets, bridges, wharves and jetties and other public works, control of traffic, use of land and buildings for the provision of public services and amenities including fire stations, parks, libraries and other recreational, educational and civic facilities, pounds, cemeteries, dams, reservoirs and water supply infrastructure, gas and electricity works, street lighting, rubbish dumps, sewerage farms and disposal works.The Council was also constituted the Bowen Water Authority in 1909.

The Council was empowered to create by-laws with respect to all matters within its jurisdiction, but all such by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.

Town Councils were also responsible for administering the Town Fund and for carrying out valuations on properties for the purpose of collecting rates.

The Town Council included a mayor, a town clerk and a number of other members. In addition, the Council appointed its own officers who were paid from the Local Fund. From time to time, the Council appointed committees for special or general purposes.

Bowen Town Council joined with Wangaratta Shire Council on 6 February 1960 and was renamed Bowen Shire Council.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11123, Bowen Town Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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