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Agency ID307
TitleBalmoral Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 1/10/1925
Date NotesN/A

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

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Series IDTitleFromTo
3702Rate Cash Books 31/3/1903 30/6/1905
3583Minute Books 31/3/1903 28/9/1925
6365General Ledgers 31/3/1903 30/9/1925
3698Notices of Motion 1/4/1906 30/6/1911
4784Cash Books [Finance Committee] 31/3/1915 31/12/1919
3699Minute Book (Works Committee) 1/1/1916 30/9/1925
3620Minutes and Reports 1/12/1916 31/3/1924
4805Account Books - Bulimba & Hawthorne Ferries 1/1/1917 31/12/1918
3697Minute Book (Ferries Committee) 1/1/1917 31/12/1923
3696Minute Book (Finance Committee) 1/4/1918 31/8/1925
3701By Laws 7/10/1921 7/10/1921
6235Valuation Register and Rate Book 1/1/1923 1/10/1925
4170Memorial Park Documents 15/12/1924 1/10/1925
3700Deposit Ledger 1/1/1925 30/9/1925
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Controlling Agencies

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

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
9638Balmoral Divisional Board
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
247Brisbane City Council II
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Related Agencies

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Publication Notes
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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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Establishing Local Authorities Act of 1902
Abolishing City of Brisbane Act of 1924
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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 Balmoral Shire Council was created assuming the powers and functions of the defunct Balmoral Divisional Board.

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.

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.

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 Balmoral Shire Council ceased to exist on 1 Oct 1925.

Home Secretary 31 Mar 1903 - 1 Oct 1925
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID307, Balmoral Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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