Mulgrave Shire was established by change of name from Cairns Shire on 16 November 1940.
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.
Mulgrave Shire Council was abolished on 22 March 1995 to create the new City of Cairns.
Secretary for Health and Home Affairs 16 Nov 1940 - 10 Dec 1941
Secretary for Public Works 10 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 - 31 Aug 1989
Deputy Premier, Minister for Finance & Minister for Local Government 31 Aug 1989 - 7 Dec 1989
Deputy Premier, Minister for Housing & Local Government 7 Dec 1989 - 27 Aug 1992
Minister for Housing, Local Government & Planning 27 Aug 1992 - 22 Mar 1995