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Agency ID609
TitleCoorparoo Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 24/10/1888
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
3771Minute Books 28/11/1888 10/8/1925
6370General Ledgers 1/1/1889 31/12/1910
3612Minute Books (Finance Committee) 16/1/1889 9/3/1914
3691Minute Books (Works Committee) 30/1/1889 18/3/1914
3690Minute Book (Committee of the Whole) 10/3/1891 14/1/1907
3692By Laws 12/7/1910 12/7/1910
3688Valuation and Rate Books 1/1/1925 1/10/1925
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 24/10/1888 6/8/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 6/8/1896 1/10/1925
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
357Bulimba 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

Queensland Government Gazette 1888, Vol. XLV, No. 55, p. 709
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.253, 449-466 passim
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Establishing Local Government Act 1878
Abolishing City of Brisbane Act of 1924
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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
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID609, Coorparoo Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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