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Agency ID2200
TitleHamilton Town Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 6/4/1904
End Date 1/10/1925
Date NotesN/A

Created under the Local Government/Authorities Acts to provide local administration and public services in urban areas.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
12794Minutes of Meetings of the Works Committee N/A N/A
12793Reports by Committees and Officials Within the Hamilton Town Council N/A N/A
3704General Ledgers 6/4/1904 31/12/1915
3677Minute Books 6/4/1904 10/2/1920
16287Minute Book (Finance Committee) 12/10/1909 11/4/1922
3676Trial Balance Book 31/3/1912 30/6/1920
3674Mayor's Reports 1/1/1918 31/12/1920
3681By Laws 1/5/1919 1/5/1919
3678Electricity Consumers' Ledger 1/7/1920 30/9/1925
3680Rate Notices 1/1/1921 31/12/1921
3772Valuation Register and Rate Book 1/1/1925 1/10/1925
4168Land Title Listing 23/9/1925 23/9/1925
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 6/4/1904 1/10/1925
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
10780Hamilton Shire Council
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
247Brisbane City Council II
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Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1904, Vol. LXXXII, No. 74, p. 1201
Harris C.P., Local Government and Regionalism in Queensland, 1859 to 1977, Canberra: ANU, 1978, pp.13-41 passim, 79-80
Greenwood G and Laverty J, Brisbane 1859-1959: A History of Local Government, Brisbane: O.L.Ziegler and BCC, 1959, p.254. pp.449-466 passim.
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Establishing Local Authorities Act of 1902
Abolishing City of Brisbane Act of 1924
Administered N/A
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The Local Authorities Act 1902 consolidated local government and established two classes - Towns and Shires. In regulating local authority, the Act provided that the whole or parts of any shire may be constituted as a town. Under this Act, on 6 Apr 1904, the Hamilton Town Council was created assuming the powers and functions of the former Hamilton Shire Council.

Under the Local Authorities Act 1902, the primary function of 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, as well as the regulation of a wide variety of local issues. Council had powers in relation to the construction of buildings, fire prevention, public nuisances, places of amusement, public carriers, slaughter houses, markets, animals and traffic, etc.

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, 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 Town 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 Clerk.

The City of Brisbane was created on 1 Oct 1925 under the City of Brisbane Act 1924 by the amalgamation of a number of local authorities, boards and public utilities, including:
- Cities of Brisbane and South Brisbane
- Towns of Hamilton, Ithaca, Toowong, Windsor, Sandgate, and Wynnum
- Shires of Balmoral, Belmont, Coorparoo, Enoggera, Kedron, Moggill, Sherwood, Stephens, Taringa, and Toombul and,
- Parts of the Shires of Tingalpa and Yeerongpilly
Accordingly, the Hamilton Town Council ceased to exist on 1 Oct 1925.

Home Secretary 6 Apr-1904 - 1 Oct 1925
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2200, Hamilton Town Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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