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Agency ID89
TitleCairns Municipal Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 28/5/1885
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
4646Rate Books 1/1/1885 30/3/1903
4634Minute Books 22/7/1885 31/3/1903
4647Valuation Registers - Cairns 1/1/1889 30/3/1903
4705Rates Cash Book 19/1/1891 31/12/1899
4020Miscellaneous Correspondence and Files 1/1/1899 31/12/1903
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 28/5/1885 5/8/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 6/8/1896 31/3/1903
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Previous Agencies

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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
90Cairns Town Council
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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1884, Vol. XXXV, No. 83, p.1601
Queensland Government Gazette 1885, Vol. XXXVI, No. 98, p.1733
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Establishing N/A
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Administered Local Government Act 1878
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Following a petition in 1884 of local residents, the town of Cairns was constituted a Municipality under the name of "Borough of Cairns" on 28 May 1885. The Borough Council consisted of 9 members with the first election held on 18 Jul 1885.

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.

Colonial Secretary, 28 May 1885 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary, 6 Aug 1896 - 31 Mar 1903

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

Queensland State Archives Agency ID89, Cairns Municipal Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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