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Agency ID2483
TitleStephens Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 1/10/1925
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

Created under the Local Government/Authorities Acts to provide local administration and public services outside of major urban areas

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
3613Minute Books 31/3/1903 28/9/1925
3641By Laws 7/12/1905 25/6/1920
4107Index to Electricity Deposit Ledger 1/1/1920 1/10/1925
3642Financial Statements 1/1/1925 30/9/1925
4271Valuation Register and Rate Book 1/1/1925 1/10/1925
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 31/3/1903 1/10/1925
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Controlled Agencies

Details of controlled agencies do not exist or are unavailable.
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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
1853Stephens Divisional Board
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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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Remarks


Information Sources

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, pp.449-466 passim
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Legislation

Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Abolishing City of Brisbane Act 1924
Administered N/A
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Description

ESTABLISHMENT:
The Local Authorities Act 1902 abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Thus, existing divisional boards were constituted as shire councils. Under this Act, on 31 Mar 1903, the Stephens Shire Council was created assuming the powers and functions of the defunct Stephens Divisional Board.

FUNCTIONS:
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 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.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
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.

ABOLITION:
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 Stephens Shire Council ceased to exist on 1 Oct 1925.

PORTFOLIO CONTROLLING:
Home Secretary 31 Mar 1903 - 1 Oct 1925
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2483, Stephens Shire Council
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