Agency Details

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Agency ID9632
TitleWoolloongabba Divisional Board
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 9/1/1880
End Date 7/1/1888
Date NotesN/A

Created under the Divisional Boards Acts to provide local administration and public services in areas outside municipalities.

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Series IDTitleFromTo
3651General Cash Books 8/3/1880 7/1/1888
4063General Ledgers 31/3/1880 1/1/1888
6115Rate Cash Book 20/10/1880 31/12/1885
3650Minute Book 1/12/1882 31/12/1885
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
107Colonial Secretary's Office 9/1/1880 1/1/1881
8481Public Works Department (I) 1/1/1881 12/12/1887
236Mines and Works Department 12/12/1887 7/1/1888
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 1879, Vol. XXV, No. 76, p. 1008
Queensland Government Gazette 1879, Vol. XXV, No. 77, p. 1011
Queensland Government Gazette 1880, Vol. XXVI, No. 7, p. 72
Queensland Government Gazette 1888, Vol. XLIII, No. 5, p. 29
Harris C.P., Local Government and Regionalism in Queensland, 1859 to 1977, Canberra: ANU, 1978, pp. 16-17, 79-80
Greenwood G and Laverty J, Brisbane 1859-1959, A History of Local Government, Brisbane: O L Ziegler and BCC, 1959, pp. 106-07, 250-51, 258-59
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Establishing Divisional Boards Act 1879
Abolishing Local Government Act 1878
Administered N/A
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The Divisional Boards Act of 1879 established Divisional Boards for the purpose of providing local government for portions of the colony outside the boundaries of municipalities. The first Divisional Boards were proclaimed on 11 Nov 1879. Following the earlier failure of the proclamation of the Woolloongabba Division on 11 Nov 1879, the Woolloongabba Divisional Board was finally established on 9 Jan 1880.

The primary function of the Divisional Board was to provide such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, water, sanitation and drainage, public health services, parks and reserves, cemeteries, etc. The Divisional Board also had powers in relation to the construction of buildings, fire prevention, public nuisances, places of amusement, public carriers, slaughter houses, markets, animals, traffic, etc.

The Board was responsible for administering the Local Fund, and, for valuing properties within the Division for the purpose of determining and collecting rates, which together with endowments and loans, formed its revenue base. The general powers of the Board were exercised through by-laws approved by Governor-in-Council.

The Division was governed by a rate-payer elected Board comprising a chairman and a number of members. Special or general purpose committees were appointed and the Board employed its own officers to administer its business, headed by a Clerk. Divisional Boards submitted an annual Statement of Revenue and Expenditure to the Minister.

The Local Government Act 1878 made provision for creating additional municipalities as cities, boroughs (towns) or shires (country districts). The Council of the Borough of South Brisbane was constituted under these provisions as a separate Municipal Institution. It was created out of the areas formerly comprising the Division of Woolloongabba and the South Ward of the Municipality of Brisbane. Accordingly, the Woolloongabba Divisional Board ceased to exist on 7 Jan 1888.

Colonial Secretary 9 Jan 1880 - 1 Jan 1881
Secretary for Public Works and Mines 1 Jan 1881 - 12 Dec 1887
Secretary for Mines and Works 12 Dec 1887 - 7 Jan 1888
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID9632, Woolloongabba Divisional Board
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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