Agency Details

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Agency ID11870
TitleGympie Borough Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 25/6/1880
End Date 31/3/1903
Date NotesN/A

Created under the Municipal [Institutions]/Local Government Acts to provide local administration and public services in municipalities

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Series IDTitleFromTo
21219Minutes - Widgee Divisional Board / Widgee Shire Council 1/1/1901 31/12/1901
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
8481Public Works Department (I) 25/6/1880 12/12/1887
236Mines and Works Department 12/12/1887 4/1/1890
2723Public Works Department II 4/1/1890 9/7/1891
107Colonial Secretary's Office 9/7/1891 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
10381Gympie Town Council
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 26 June 1880, Vol. XXVI, No.97, p.190
Local Authorities Act of 1902 (2 EDW VII No 19) (proclaimed 31 Dec 1902; commenced 31 Mar 1903)
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Establishing Local Government Act of 1878; Order in Council 25 June 1880
Abolishing Local Authorities Act of 1902
Administered Local Government Act of 1878
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The Local Government Act 1878 made provision for the creation of additional municipalities under the style of cities, boroughs (towns) or shires (country districts). The Council of the Borough of Gympie (also known as Gympie Municipal Council) was constituted under these provisions as a separate Municipal Institution for the purposes of Local Government. By Order in Council on 25 June 1880, the town of Gympie was constituted a Municipal Borough, under the name of the "Borough of Gympie".

The function of Municipal Councils under the Local Government Act 1878 was generally to maintain "the good rule and government of the municipality", and specifically to provide and manage such public services and amenities as roads, bridges and wharves, water supply and sanitation, cemeteries, street lighting, fire prevention and public health services including control of contagious and infectious diseases. Functions also included the regulation of building construction, vehicular traffic and public nuisances and the issuing of licences for markets, carriers and carters, slaughter-houses and abattoirs, etc. Council could also establish and manage such public facilities as hospitals, asylums for destitute children, libraries, botanical gardens and public places of recreation including parks and reserves. The general powers of local Councils were exercised through the passing of by-laws requiring the assent of the Governor-in-Council. Municipal Councils were responsible for the administration of their revenue base including rates (general and special), loans, and endowment through Ordinary Revenue and the Municipal Fund. For the purposes of determining rates, Councils were required to value all rateable land within the municipality.

The Borough of Gympie consisted of six members with the first election of Councillors held on 27 July 1880. John O'Connell Bligh was appointed as the Returning Officer.

Secretary for Public Works and Mines 25 Jun 1880 - 12 Dec 1887
Secretary for Mines and Works 12 Dec 1887 - 4 Jan1890
Secretary for Railways and Public Works 4 Jan 1890 - 12 Aug 1890
Secretary for Public Works 12 Aug 1890 - 9 Jul 1891
Colonial Secretary 9 Jul 1891 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary 6 Aug 1896 - 31 Mar 1903

Under the Local Authorities Act 1902, Municipal Councils were constituted as Town Councils. The Gympie Borough Council became Gympie Town Council on 31 March 1903.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID11870, Gympie Borough Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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