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Agency ID912
TitleGowrie Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 31/3/1903
End Date 25/1/1913
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
6305Rate Books 31/3/1903 25/1/1913
17771Minute Books 30/3/1908 11/2/1913
6306Valuation Registers 1/1/1910 25/1/1913
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Agency IDTitle
1449Newtown Town Council
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Information Sources

Local Authorities Act 1902
Queensland Government Gazette 25 Jan 1913, Vol. C, No. 20, pp. 335-336
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Establishing Local Authorities Act 1902

Abolishing Local Authorities Acts 1902-1912
Order in Council 23 Jan 1913
Administered Local Authorities Act 1902
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"The Local Authorities Act 1902" abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Under this Act, Gowrie Divisional Board was abolished and its functions were transferred to Gowrie Shire Council on 31 Mar 1903.

Under "The Local Authorities Act 1902", the primary function of Shire Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, water and sanitation services, roads, bridges, wharves, street lighting, public health services (such as immunisations), licences and registrations for businesses, markets and animals, town planning, and the control of noxious weeds and other pests.

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.

The Council could pass by-laws regarding all matters within its jurisdiction. All such by-laws required the assent of the Governor-in-Council.

The Shire Council included a chairman, town clerk and a number of other members. From time to time, the Council could appoint committees for special or general purposes. Council also appointed its own officers, who were paid from the Local Fund.

Each year the Minister appointed an independent auditor to review the financial statements of the Council. The Council submitted an annual Statement of Revenue and Expenditure to the Minister, which was published in the Government Gazette.

Gowrie Shire was abolished on 25 January 1913 to become part of the Town of Newtown and Jondaryan Shires.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID912, Gowrie Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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