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Agency ID1965
TitleBrisbane Tramway Trust
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 1/1/1923
End Date 1/12/1925
Date NotesN/A

Local government agency responsible for construction and maintenance of tramways

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Series IDTitleFromTo
4155Electricity Sales Record Book 1/1/1922 1/12/1925
547Minute Books 4/12/1922 1/12/1925
4154Weekly Balance Book 1/1/1923 13/6/1923
4171Annual Reports - Brisbane Tramways 1/1/1923 31/12/1925
4159Daily Expenditure Books 1/1/1923 31/12/1925
4157Cash Books 20/9/1923 31/12/1925
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 1/1/1923 1/12/1925
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Information Sources

Tramways Acts 1882 - 1890
Brisbane Tramways Act 1913
Brisbane Tramway Purchase Act 1920
Queensland Government Gazette 1922, Vol. CXIX, No.209, p.2036
Queensland Government Gazette 1925, Vol. CXXV, No. 148, p.1709
Cameron, I., 125 years of State Public Works in Queensland 1859 - 1984, Boolarong Publications, Queensland, 1989, pp. 160, 164 & p.295
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Establishing Brisbane Tramway Trust Act 1922
Abolishing City of Brisbane Act 1924
Administered N/A
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The Brisbane Tramway Trust was established under the "Brisbane Tramway Trust Act of 1922" to bring the management of Brisbane's tramways under government control. While the Trust first met on 4 December 1922, it formally acquired ownership and control of the assets of the Brisbane Tramways Company Ltd on 1 January 1923.

The Trust assumed control over the ownership, construction, maintenance and operation of tramways as well as motor and horse omnibus services in the cities of Brisbane and South Brisbane, the towns of Hamilton, Ithaca, Toowong and Windsor and the Shires of Stephens, Coorparoo and parts of Balmoral, Enoggera, Kedron and Toombul Shires. The Trust had authority to borrow money and to create by-laws with respect to tramways within its jurisdiction.

The Brisbane Tramway Trust was first constituted of 8 members - two appointed by the Governor-in-Council and 6 elected members representing the local authorities within the district of the Trust. Proposals for the future development of the tramway were required to be submitted by the Trust to an Advisory Board for approval by Governor-in-Council. The Advisory Board comprised one member appointed by the Governor-in-Council and two members nominated by the Trust. Operation of the tramway was managed by a General Manager who appointed engineers, surveyors, inspectors, clerks, motormen, conductors etc. The Trust's employees were entitled to appeal certain decisions of the Trust to an Appeal Board.

The "City of Brisbane Act 1924" created the City of Brisbane on 1 Oct 1925 by amalgamation of a number of local authorities, boards and public utilities and responsibility for the tramways was transferred to newly established Brisbane City Council. Accordingly the Brisbane Tramway Trust was dissolved on 1 Dec 1925.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID1965, Brisbane Tramway Trust
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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