Agency Details

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Agency ID548
TitleBurrum Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 20/12/1975
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
10223Letterbooks 31/3/1903 4/5/1917
7572Work Letterbooks 5/8/1903 26/5/1905
10227Poundkeeper's Book 22/6/1904 3/6/1905
7597Rate Cash Books 15/2/1917 31/12/1926
7586Minute Book 17/2/1917 18/4/1917
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 31/3/1903 5/12/1935
126Health and Home Affairs Department 5/12/1935 10/12/1941
231Local Government Department I 10/12/1941 7/12/1989
248Housing and Local Government Department 7/12/1989 24/9/1992
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Information Sources

Local Government Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 23 Dec 1905, Vol. LXXXV, No. 181, p 1505
Queensland Government Gazette 17 Feb 1917, Vol. CVIII, No. 75, p 673, 674
Queensland Government Gazette 13 Dec 1941, Vol CLVII, No 157, p1998
Queensland Government Gazette 20 Dec 1975, Vol. CCL, No. 81, p. 1533
Queensland Government Gazette 7 Dec 1989, Vol CCXCII, No 117, p 2479
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Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Local Authorities Acts 1902-1913
Order in Council 20 Dec 1905
Order in Council 15 Feb 1917
Abolishing Local Government Act 1936-1975
Order in Council 18 Dec 1975
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
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The "Local Authorities Act 1902" abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Under this Act, Burrum Divisional Board was abolished and its functions were transferred to Burrum Shire Council on 31 Mar 1903.

There is a gap in the continuity of this agency from 23 Dec 1905 until 20 Dec 1935: Pialba Shire was established on 23 Dec 1905 by change of name from Burrum Shire; Pialba shire was abolished on 17 Feb 1917 and Burrum Shire was re-established from Howard and Pialba Shires and parts of Maryborough City and Antigua Shire; Hervey Bay Shire was established by change of name from Burrum Shire on 20 Dec 1975.

Under the "Local Authorities Act 1902", the primary function of Shire Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, water and sanitation services, roads, bridges, wharves, street lighting, public health services (such as immunisations), licences and registrations for businesses, markets and animals, town planning, and the control of noxious weeds and other pests.

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.

The Council could pass by-laws regarding all matters within its jurisdiction. All such by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.

The Shire Council included a chairman, town clerk and a number of other members. From time to time, the Council could appoint committees for special or general purposes. Council also appointed its own officers, who were paid from the Local Fund.

Each year the Minister appointed an independent auditor to review the financial statements of the Council. The Council submitted an annual Statement of Revenue and Expenditure to the Minister, which was published in the Government Gazette.

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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID548, Burrum Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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