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Agency ID1184
TitleCooktown Town Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 6/8/1932
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
17738Minute Book of Trustees of Queen's Park [microfilm] 31/3/1903 27/4/1911
17740Cash Book, Trustees of Queen's Park [microfilm] 1/4/1903 16/6/1917
17757Letterbook [microfilm] 1/4/1903 6/8/1932
17753Minutes of Finance Committee [microfilm] 8/4/1903 15/8/1912
17756Minutes of Works Committee [microfilm] 8/4/1903 1/6/1916
17752Minute Books [microfilm] 8/4/1903 4/9/1930
17759Minutes of Railway Committee [microfilm] 15/9/1903 22/9/1904
17758Financial Reports [microfilm] 3/12/1925 4/8/1932
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 31/3/1903 6/8/1932
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
603Cook Shire Council
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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Local Authorities Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 1932, Vol CXXXIX, No 31, p. 400
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Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
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Under the Local Authorities Act of 1902 all Municipal Councils became Town Councils. Cooktown Municipal Council became Cooktown Town Council on 31 March 1903.

The primary function of Town Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as parks, cemeteries, water and sanitation, roads, bridges, wharves, street lighting, public health services such as immunisations, licensing and registration of businesses and animals, town planning and the control of noxious weeds and other pests. The Council was empowered to create by-laws with respect to all matters within its jurisdiction. All such by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.

Town Councils were also responsible for administering the Local 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, 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.

The Town of Cooktown was abolished on 4 August 1932 and included into the Cook Shire.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1184, Cooktown Town Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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