Agency Details

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Agency ID2475
TitleSouth Brisbane City Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 3/10/1903
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
15396General Correspondence and Reports 1/1/1900 31/12/1928
4817General Ledgers 3/10/1903 31/12/1908
4064Minute Books 3/10/1903 17/12/1923
4095Works Committee Minute Book 1/1/1904 31/12/1906
6390Sundry Debtors' Ledger 1/7/1908 31/1/1914
3616Valuation Registers - South Brisbane City Council 1/1/1915 1/10/1925
4175Statements of Accounts Books 1/1/1919 31/12/1921
4090Peace Loan Committee Minute Book 1/1/1920 31/12/1921
6122Valuation and Rate Books 1/1/1925 1/10/1925
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 3/10/1903 1/10/1925
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
10397South Brisbane Town 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 3 Oct 1903, Vol.LXXXI, No. 79 p 636
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. The Act also provided that a Town may be proclaimed a City. Thus on 3 Oct 1903, the South Brisbane City Council was created assuming the powers and functions of the former South Brisbane Town 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 South Brisbane City Council ceased to exist on 1 Oct 1925.

Home Secretary 3-Oct-1903 - 1 Oct 1925
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2475, South Brisbane City Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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