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