Moreton Shire was established by change of name from Ipswich Shire on 28 July 1917. The boundaries of the Shire of Moreton were extended in 1926 to include parts of the City of Ipswich and of the Shire of Waterford. In 1949, the Shire of Rosewood and part of the Shire of Normanby were included in the Shire of Moreton while some part of the Shire was absorbed into the City of Ipswich.
Under the Local Authorities Act 1902, the primary function of Shire Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, water and sanitation services, roads, bridges, wharves, street lighting, public health services (such as immunisations), licences and registrations for businesses, markets and animals, town planning, and the control of noxious weeds and other pests.
The Council was also responsible for administering the Local Fund, and for valuing properties within the Shire for the purpose of determining and collecting rates.
The Council could pass by-laws regarding all matters within its jurisdiction. All such by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.
The Shire Council included a chairman 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 including a Shire Clerk 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.
Moreton Shire was abolished on 22 March 1995 to merge with the City of Ipswich. Some areas of the Shire not included in the City of Ipswich were incorporated in the City of Brisbane, City of Logan and the Shire of Esk.
Home Secretary 28 Jul 1917 - 5 Dec 1935
Secretary for Health and Home Affairs 5 Dec 1935 - 23 Dec 1941
Secretary for Public Works 23 Dec 1941 - 15 May 1947
Secretary for Public Works, Housing and Local Government 15 May 1947 - 1 May 1952
Treasurer 1 May 1952 - 12 Aug 1957
Minister for Public Works and Local Government 12 Aug 1957 - 26 Sep 1963
Minister for Local Government and Conservation 26 Sep 1963 - 29 May 1969
Minister for Local Government and Marine Activities 29 May 1969 - 4 Sep 1969
Minister for Local Government and Electricity 4 Sep 1969 - 23 Dec 1974
Minister for Local Government and Main Roads 23 Dec 1974 - 29 Jul 1980
Minister for Local Government, Main Roads and Police 29 Jul 1980 - 6 Dec 1982
Minister for Local Government, Main Roads and Racing 6 Dec 1982 - 9 Dec 1987
Minister for Local Government and Racing 9 Dec 1987 - 25 Sep 1989
Minister for Local Government, 25 Sep 1989 - 7 Dec 1989
Minister for Housing and Local Government, 7 Dec 1989 - 24 Sep 1992
Minister for Housing, Local Government and Planning, 24 Sep 1992 - 22 Mar 1995