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Agency ID90
TitleCairns Town Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 12/10/1923
Date NotesN/A

Created under the Local Government/Authorities Acts to provide local administration and public services in urban areas.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
4020Miscellaneous Correspondence and Files 1/1/1903 12/10/1923
4646Rate Books 31/3/1903 31/12/1916
4647Valuation Registers - Cairns 31/3/1903 31/12/1916
4634Minute Books 31/3/1903 12/10/1923
4706Bank Account Books 3/1/1906 12/11/1913
4707General Ledgers 7/1/1907 31/12/1913
4734Rates Cash Books (Water and General Rates) 18/9/1911 12/10/1923
4651Committee Minute Books 16/8/1916 12/10/1923
4704Valuation and Rate Books/Cards - Water and General Rates 1/1/1917 12/10/1923
5198Account Books 1/5/1917 19/6/1923
5165Committees Minute Books [Special Purposes] 19/3/1918 12/10/1923
5196Committees Agenda Books 14/1/1919 8/10/1923
5010Council and Committees Agenda Books 10/3/1919 21/3/1923
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 31/3/1903 12/10/1923
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Previous Agencies

Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
58Cairns City Council
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Related Agencies

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Local Authorities Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 1923, Vol CXXI, No 122, p.1108
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Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Abolishing N/A
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
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Under the Local Authorities Act of 1902 all Municipal Councils became Town Councils; Cairns Municipal Council became Cairns Town Council on 31 March 1903.

The functions and powers of the Council under the Local Authorites Act 1902 included construction and maintenance of roads and streets, bridges, wharves and jetties and other public works, control of traffic, use of land and buildings for the provision of public services and amenities including fire stations, parks, libraries and other recreational, educational and civic facilities, pounds, cemeteries, dams, reservoirs and water supply infrastructure, gas and electricity works, street lighting, rubbish dumps, sewerage farms and disposal works.
The Council was empowered to create by-laws with respect to all matters within its jurisdiction, but all such by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.

Town Councils were also responsible for administering the Town Fund and for carrying out valuations on properties for the purpose of collecting rates.

The Town Council included a mayor, a town clerk and a number of other members. In addition, the Council appointed its own officers who were paid from the Local Fund. From time to time, the Council appointed committees for special or general purposes.

Cairns was proclaimed a city and Cairns Town Council became Cairns City Council on 12 October 1923.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID90, Cairns Town Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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