The Divisional Boards Act of 1879 provided for local government for any part of the Colony not included in a municipality and proclaimed a Division by the Governor. The first Divisional Boards, including the Bulimba Divisional Board were proclaimed on 11 Nov 1879.
The primary function of the Divisional Board was to provide such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, water, sanitation and drainage, public health services, parks, reserves, cemeteries, etc. The Divisional Board also had powers in relation to the construction of buildings, fire prevention, public nuisances, places of amusement, public carriers, slaughter houses, markets, animals, traffic, etc.
The Board was also responsible for administering the Local Fund, and for valuing properties within the Division for the purpose of determining and collecting rates, which together with endowments and loans formed its revenue base. The general powers of the Board were exercised through by-laws approved by Governor-in-Council.
The Division was governed by a rate-payer elected Board comprising a chairman and a number of members. Special or general purpose committees were appointed and the Board employed its own officers to administer its business, headed by a Clerk. Divisional Boards submitted an annual Statement of Revenue and Expenditure to the Minister.
The western portion of the Division was severed from the Bulimba Division on 24 Oct 1888 and constituted as the Coorparoo Shire Council. The name of the remaining Bulimba Division was changed to the Belmont Division on 3 Nov 1894.
Colonial Secretary 11 Nov 1879 - 1 Jan 1881
Secretary for Public Works and Mines 1 Jan 1881 - 12 Dec 1887
Secretary for Mines and Works 12 Dec 1887 - 4 Jan 1890
Secretary for Railways and Public Works 4 Jan 1890 - 12 Aug 1890
Secretary for Public Works 12 Aug 1890 - (23) 23 Jul 1891
Colonial Secretary (by) 23 Jul 1891 - 3 Nov 1894