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Agency ID2505
TitleWarwick Municipal Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 25/5/1861
End Date 31/3/1903
Date NotesN/A

Created under the Municipal [Institutions]/Local Government Acts to provide local administration and public services in municipalities.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
16398Letterbooks of Press Copies of Outward Correspondence 9/7/1863 31/3/1903
17109Rate Books 1/1/1881 31/3/1903
16400Inward Correspondence from the Commissioner for Railways 23/11/1883 13/12/1884
16396Correspondence re Street Lighting 28/3/1889 29/8/1889
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 25/5/1861 6/8/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 6/8/1896 31/3/1903
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
2507Warwick Town Council
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 25 May 1861, Vol. II, No. 37, pp. 288 - 289
Local Authorities Act 1902
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Administered Municipalities Act of 1858
Municipal Institutions Act of 1864
Local Government Act 1878
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Following a petition of local residents, the Municipality of Warwick was constituted on 25 May 1861 under the New South Wales "Municipalities Act of 1858".

The function of Municipal Councils under the "Local Government Act 1878" was to generally maintain "the good rule and government of the municipality", and specifically to provide and manage such public services and amenities as: parks and reserves, libraries, schools of arts and other recreational facilities and places of improvement; cemeteries; water and sanitation services; roads, bridges, wharves; street lighting; public health services including control of contagious and infectious diseases; fire prevention; the regulation of building construction, and the regulation of and issuing of licences including those for exhibitions and markets, carriers and carters, slaughter-houses and abattoirs.

Municipal Councils were also responsible for the administration of the Municipal Fund and the valuation of properties within the municipality for the purpose of determining and collecting rates. Councils could pass by-laws regarding all matters within their jurisdiction, but all such by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.

Every municipality was governed by a council composed of a chairman and six, nine or twelve councillors. If the municipality was subdivided, three councillors were assigned to each subdivision.

Colonial Secretary, 25 May 1861 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary, 6 Aug 1896 - 31 Mar 1903

Under the "Local Authorities Act 1902", Municipal Councils became Town Councils. Warwick Municipal Council became WarwickTown Council on 31 March 1903.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID2505, Warwick Municipal Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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