Agency Details

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Agency ID11325
TitleEsk Divisional Board
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 11/11/1879
End Date 31/3/1903
Date NotesN/A

Created under the Divisional Boards Acts to provide local administration and public services in areas outside municipalities

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Series IDTitleFromTo
19415Minute Books 5/3/1880 31/3/1903
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
8481Public Works Department (I) 11/11/1879 12/12/1887
236Mines and Works Department 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2723Public Works Department II 4/1/1890 1/7/1891
107Colonial Secretary's Office 1/7/1891 6/8/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 6/8/1896 31/3/1903
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Previous Agencies

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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
876Esk Shire Council
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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1879, vol. XXV, no. 75, p.988
Queensland Government Gazette 1880, vol. XXVI, no. 87, p.1315
Pugh's Almanace 1880, p. 484
Pugh's Almanace 1881, p. 345
Local Authorities Act 1902

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Establishing Divisional Boards Act of 1879
Abolishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Administered Divisional Boards Act of 1879
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The "Divisional Boards Act of 1879" established Divisional Boards for the purpose of providing local government for portions of the colony outside the boundaries of municipalities. The Durundur Divisional Board was one of the first 74 Divisional Boards in Queensland proclaimed on 11 Nov 1879, but the name was changed on 5 June 1880 to Esk Divisional Board.

The primary function of the Divisional Board was to provide such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, water, sanitation and drainage, public health services, parks and reserves, cemeteries, etc. The Divisional Board also had powers in relation to the construction of buildings, fire prevention, public nuisances, places of amusement, public carriers, slaughter houses, markets, animals, traffic, etc. The Board was also responsible for administering the Local Fund and for valuing properties within the Division for the purpose of determining and collecting rates, which together with endowments and loans formed its revenue base. The general powers of the Board were exercised through by-laws approved by Governor-in-Council.

The Division was governed by a rate-payer elected Board comprising a Chairman and a number of Members. Special or general purpose committees were appointed and the Board employed its own officers to administer its business, headed by a Clerk. Divisional Boards submitted an annual Statement of Revenue and Expenditure to the Minister.

The "Local Authorities Act 1902" abolished Divisional Boards and created City, Town and Shire councils. Existing Divisional Boards were constituted as Shire Councils. Under this Act, on 31 Mar 1903, the Esk Divisional Board became the Esk Shire Council.

Colonial Secretary 11 Nov 1879 - 1 Jan 1881
Secretary for Public Works and Mines 1 Jan 1881 - 12 Dec 1887
Secretary for Mines and Works 12 Dec 1887 - 4 Jan 1890
Secretary for Railways and Public Works 4 Jan 1890 - 12 Aug 1890
Secretary for Public Works 12 Aug 1890 - c.1 Jul 1891
Colonial Secretary c.1 Jul 1891 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary 6 Aug 1896 - 31 Mar 1903
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11325, Esk Divisional Board
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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