Agency Details

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Agency ID1886
TitleThuringowa Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 1/1/1986
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
16225Thuringowa Water Authority Cash Book 31/3/1903 31/12/1915
18409Thuringowa Water Authority Rate Books 31/3/1903 31/12/1915
16174Thuringowa Water Authority Rate Cash Book 31/3/1903 31/12/1915
16190Miscellaneous Papers 31/3/1903 30/4/1938
16230Letterbooks (and loose correspondence) 31/3/1903 14/1/1944
5899Minute Books 31/3/1903 19/9/1952
16178Valuation and Rate Books 31/3/1903 31/12/1956
16228Ledgers 31/3/1903 30/6/1957
16226Cash books 31/3/1903 29/11/1957
16181Infrastructure Drawings and Specifications 31/3/1903 13/12/1961
16175Rate Cash Books 31/3/1903 23/11/1962
16180Balance Books 1/1/1905 31/12/1926
16204Reports of Various Committees 1/6/1905 31/8/1906
16231Letterbooks for Rate Notices and Business Routine 5/9/1906 13/10/1908
16198Inwards correspondence Respecting Transfer of Land 1/12/1910 28/2/1939
18410Cleansing Rate Books 1/1/1911 31/12/1933
18413Cleansing Account Ledger 1/1/1912 31/12/1937
18411Cleansing Rate Cash Books 1/2/1912 29/6/1938
18412Cleansing Account Cash Books 6/2/1912 31/12/1940
16229General Correspondence 1/2/1917 31/3/1944
16189Houghton Tramway Ledger Account Book 1/1/1922 31/12/1935
16223Minutes of the Houghton Tramway Committee 10/3/1922 13/12/1922
18398Houghton Tramway Account Cash Book 3/4/1922 31/12/1935
16201Miscellaneous Reports, Contracts and Balance Sheets 1/12/1924 30/4/1931
18400Houghton Tramway Account Balance Book 1/1/1927 31/10/1933
16202Statement of Accounts 1/1/1933 30/6/1941
16220Correspondence 1/1/1934 31/12/1961
16184General Correspondence Miscellaneous 1/1/1946 31/12/1961
16200Applications for and General Correspondence Relating to Building Permits 1/6/1946 30/6/1961
16182Rate Cards 1/1/1956 31/12/1959
16199Contract Documents 1/1/1961 31/12/1962
19373Burial Register 1/1/1965 1/1/1986
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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 10/12/1941
231Local Government Department I 10/12/1941 1/12/1986
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Previous Agencies

Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
8485Thuringowa City Council
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Related Agencies

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Information Sources

Local Government Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 21 Dec 1985, Vol. CCLXXX, No. 89, p 2217
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Establishing The Local Authorities Act of 1902
Abolishing Local Government Acts 1936-1985
Administered The Local Authorities Act of 1902
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On 31 March 1903 Divisional Boards became Shire Councils under "The Local Authorities Act of 1902", and the Thuringowa Divisional Board became the Thuringowa Shire Council.

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. The Council was also constituted the Thuringowa Water Authority.

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 was governed by a rate-payer elected council comprising a chairman and councillors. Special or general purpose committees were appointed reporting to Council. Council appointed its own officers to administer its business, headed by a Shire Clerk/Chief Executive Officer.

Home Secretary 31 Mar 1903 - 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 - 1 Jan 1986

On 1 Jan 1986 following a request by the Council, the Shire was proclaimed a City.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1886, Thuringowa Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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