The Local Government Act 1878 provided for the establishment of municipalities constituted as shires in country districts or as towns in urban areas. Coorparoo Shire was thus constituted as a undivided municipality under this Act from the western portion of the then existing Division of Bulimba on 24 Oct 1888. The first elections were held on 24 Nov 1888 and the first meeting of Council on 28 Nov 1888.
Under the Local Government Act 1878, and subsequent Local Authorities Act 1902, the primary function of Shire Councils was to maintain the good rule and government within the municipality by providing such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, water supply, sanitation and drainage and through regulating matters pertaining thereto.
Council also had powers in relation to public health services, parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, street lighting, the construction of buildings, fire prevention, public nuisances, places of amusement, public carriers, slaughter houses, markets, animals, traffic, ferries and public decency.
The Council was responsible for valuing properties within the Shire for the purpose of determining and collecting rates, which together with grants and loans, formed its main 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, for example, Works, Finance, 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 Coorparoo Shire Council ceased to exist on 1 Oct 1925.
Colonial Secretary 24 Oct 1888 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary 6 Aug 1896 - 1 Oct 1925