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Agency ID605
TitleCooktown Municipal Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 3/4/1876
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
17752Minute Books [microfilm] 1/4/1887 26/3/1903
17757Letterbook [microfilm] 30/5/1889 31/3/1903
17756Minutes of Works Committee [microfilm] 28/8/1889 25/3/1903
17753Minutes of Finance Committee [microfilm] 3/6/1891 25/3/1903
17740Cash Book, Trustees of Queen's Park [microfilm] 25/4/1893 31/3/1903
17738Minute Book of Trustees of Queen's Park [microfilm] 2/1/1902 31/3/1903
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 3/4/1876 6/8/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 6/8/1896 31/3/1903
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
1184Cooktown Town Council
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1876, Vol XVIII, No 34, p 768
Local Authorities Act 1902
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Establishing N/A
Abolishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Administered N/A
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Cooktown was established as a Municipality on 3 April 1876 as Cooktown Municipal Council.

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.

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

Queensland State Archives Agency ID605, Cooktown Municipal Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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