Agency Details

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Agency ID9631
TitleWindsor Shire Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 11/2/1887
End Date 10/2/1904
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
6393Ledgers 1/3/1887 30/6/1893
3626Minute Books 2/3/1887 10/2/1904
3778General Cash Book 1/4/1887 31/10/1891
3652Minute Books (Finance and Other Committees) 1/3/1888 10/2/1904
3648Loan Cash Book 1/1/1889 31/3/1897
3647Minutes (Works Committee) 1/1/1895 31/7/1900
4093Rate Cash Book 19/11/1901 24/11/1903
19611Letterbook 27/3/1903 10/2/1904
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 11/2/1887 6/8/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 6/8/1896 10/2/1904
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
9625Windsor Town Council
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Related Agencies

Agency IDTitleRelationship
10837Bowen Bridge BoardConstituent of Bowen Bridge Board
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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 12 Feb 1887, Vol. XL, No. 31, p. 503
Queensland Government Gazette 13 Jan 1904, Vol. LXXXII, No. 12, p. 95
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, p.254

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Establishing Local Government Act 1878
Abolishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Administered N/A
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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. Windsor Shire was thus constituted as a municipality under this Act on 11 Feb 1887 from portion of the then existing Division of Ithaca.

Under the Local Government Act 1878, 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. Council appointed its own officers to administer its business, headed by a Municipal Clerk.

The Local Authorities Act 1902 consolidated local government and established two classes - Towns and Shires. In regulating local authority, the Act provided that the whole or parts of any shire may be constituted as a town. Accordingly, Windsor Shire was constituted as Windsor Town on 10 Feb 1904.

Colonial Secretary 11-Feb-1887 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary 6 Aug 1896 - 10-Feb-1904
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID9631, Windsor Shire Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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