Agency Details

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Agency ID8733
TitleWynnum Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 30/11/1912
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
3643Attendance Books 31/3/1903 30/11/1912
3619Minutes 31/3/1903 30/11/1912
3621Specifications and Contracts 31/3/1903 30/11/1912
3635By Laws 1/1/1905 31/12/1919
3705General Ledgers 1/1/1909 30/11/1912
3627Buildings Register - Wynnum Town Council 1/1/1919 31/12/1925
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 31/3/1903 30/11/1912
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
1957Wynnum Divisional Board
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
10422Wynnum Town Council
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Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1912, Vol. XCIX, No. 149, p. 1449
Harris C.P., Local Government and Regionalism in Queensland, 1859 to 1977, Canberra: ANU, 1978, pp.21-41 passim, 79-80
Greenwood G and Laverty J, Brisbane 1859-1959: A History of Local Government, Brisbane: O.L.Ziegler and BCC, 1959, p.254
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Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Abolishing Local Authorities Acts 1902
Administered N/A
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The Local Authorities Act 1902 abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Thus, existing divisional boards were constituted as shire councils. Under this Act, on 31 Mar 1903, the Wynnum Shire Council was created assuming the powers and functions of the defunct Wynnum Divisional Board.

Under the Local Authorities Act 1902, the primary function of Shire Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, water, sanitation and drainage, public health services, parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, street lighting, etc.

Council also had powers in relation to the construction of buildings, fire prevention, public nuisances, places of amusement, public carriers, slaughter houses, markets, animals and traffic. Increased powers were given to Council by subsequent local government legislation, for example, in the areas of public health, building regulation, town planning and the environment, public utilities and business undertakings.

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, which together with endowments and loans formed its 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 were appointed reporting to Council. Council appointed its own officers to administer its business, headed by a Shire Clerk.

The Local Authorities Act 1902 provided that the whole or parts of any shire may be constituted as a town. Accordingly, Wynnum Shire was constituted as Wynnum Town on 30 Nov 1912.

Home Secretary 31 Mar 1903 - 30 Nov 1912
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID8733, Wynnum Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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