Agency Details

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Agency ID1180
TitleCairns Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 16/11/1940
Date NotesN/A

Created under the Local Government/Authorities Acts to provide local administration and public services outside of major urban areas

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Series IDTitleFromTo
6044Receipt and Expenditure Book 31/3/1903 31/12/1904
4724Particulars of Roadworks 31/3/1903 31/12/1905
4725Cash Books [Sub-Divisions] 31/3/1903 29/10/1908
4720Cairns Mulgrave Tramway Loan Cash Books 31/3/1903 15/12/1911
4722Cairns Mulgrave Tramway General Ledgers 31/3/1903 31/12/1911
4719Cairns Mulgrave Tramway Cash Books 31/3/1903 13/1/1912
4728Loan Ledgers 31/3/1903 31/12/1912
5918Committees Minute Book 31/3/1903 13/12/1913
5002General Cash Books 31/3/1903 24/6/1924
4695General Ledgers 31/3/1903 31/12/1932
4697Rates Cash Books 31/3/1903 30/12/1935
5951Miscellaneous Correspondence and Files 31/3/1903 16/11/1940
4661Minute Books (including Indexes) 31/3/1903 9/12/1940
4694Rate Books 31/3/1903 31/12/1940
4726Meetings Attendance Book 8/6/1903 17/4/1930
4701Cash Journal of Divisional Accounts 1/4/1904 31/8/1922
4721Cairns Mulgrave Tramway Cash Journal 31/12/1905 31/12/1912
20854Cash Journal - Cairns Shire Council 31/12/1905 3/10/1930
5942Cairns/Mulgrave Tramway By-Laws Nos 2 & 3 1/1/1906 31/12/1906
5008Registers of Accounts Paid 1/11/1907 30/6/1909
4727Babinda Sanitary Account Book 1/1/1920 31/12/1924
4656Burial Register 1/1/1930 24/5/1933
4700Wages Books 7/7/1934 16/3/1940
5017Correspondence/Agenda Books 11/4/1938 9/12/1940
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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 16/11/1940
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Controlled Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
10505Gordonvale Water Authority 1/10/1933 11/11/1940
10504Babinda Water Authority 1/11/1933 11/11/1940
8788Mirriwinni Water Authority 1/7/1934 16/11/1940
10503Redlynch Water Authority 1/10/1935 11/11/1940
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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
2090Cairns Divisional Board
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
1429Mulgrave Shire Council
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Related Agencies

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1940, Vol. CLV, No. 120, p. 1429

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Establishing Local Authorities Acts of 1902

Administered Local Authorities Acts of 1902-1922
Local Government Act of 1936
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The Local Authorities Act 1902 abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Under this Act, Cairns Divisional Board was abolished and its functions were transferred to Cairns Shire Council on 31 March 1903.

Under the Local Authorities Act 1902, the primary function of Shire 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, etc.

Council also had powers in relation to the construction of buildings, fire prevention, public nuisances, places of amusement, public carriers, slaughter houses, markets, animals and traffic. Increased powers were given to Council by subsequent local government legislation, for example, in the areas of public health, building regulation, town planning and the environment, public utilities and business undertakings.

The Council was also responsible for administering the Local Fund, and until 1944, 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 Shire Council included a chairman, town clerk and a number of other members. From time to time, the Council could appoint committees for special or general purposes. Council also appointed its own officers, who were paid from the Local Fund.

Each year the Minister appointed an independent auditor to review the financial statements of the Council. The Council submitted an annual Statement of Revenue and Expenditure to the Minister, which was published in the Government Gazette.

Cairns Shire changed its name to Mulgrave Shire on 16 November 1940.

Home Secretary 31 Mar 1903 - 5 Dec 1935
Secretary for Health and Home Affairs 5 Dec 1935 - 16 Nov 1940
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1180, Cairns Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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