Agency Details

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Agency ID9635
TitleIthaca Town Council
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 11/3/1903
End Date 1/10/1925
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
4248Ledgers 11/3/1903 31/12/1915
3713Minute Books 31/3/1903 17/7/1917
3682Mayor's Report 1/1/1915 31/12/1915
4176Legal Agreements 1/1/1915 1/10/1925
3670Valuation and Rate Books 1/1/1916 1/10/1925
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
123Home Secretary's Office 11/3/1903 1/10/1925
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Controlled Agencies

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Previous Agencies

Agency IDTitle
9741Ithaca Shire Council
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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
247Brisbane City Council II
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Related Agencies

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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes
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Information Sources

Queensland Government Gazette 14 Mar 1903, Vol. LXXX, No. 57, p. 1011
Local Government Act 1878
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. pp.449-466 passim.
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Establishing Local Authorities Act of 1902
Abolishing City of Brisbane Act of 1924
Administered N/A
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Under the Local Government Act 1878, the then existing Shire of Ithaca was designated as the Borough of Ithaca on 11 Mar 1903. The Local Authorities Act 1902 subsequently consolidated local government and established two classes - Towns and Shires. The Act provided that all existing municipalities were to be constituted as Towns. Thus on 31 Mar 1903, the Ithaca Town Council was created assuming the powers and functions of the former Ithaca Borough Council.

Under the Local Authorities Act 1902, the primary function of Councils was to provide such public services and amenities as roads, bridges, water, sanitation and drainage, public health services, parks and reserves, cemeteries, libraries and recreational facilities, street lighting, as well as the regulation of a wide variety of local issues. Council had powers in relation to the construction of buildings, fire prevention, public nuisances, places of amusement, public carriers, slaughter houses, markets, animals and traffic, etc.

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, which together with endowments and loans formed its revenue base. The general powers of Council were exercised through the passing of by-laws approved by Governor-in-Council.

The Town was governed by a rate-payer elected council comprising a chairman and councillors. Special or general purpose committees were appointed reporting to Council. Council appointed its own officers to administer its business, headed by a Clerk.

The City of Brisbane was created on 1 Oct 1925 under the City of Brisbane Act 1924 by the amalgamation of a number of local authorities, boards and public utilities, including:
- Cities of Brisbane and South Brisbane
- Towns of Hamilton, Ithaca, Toowong, Windsor, Sandgate, and Wynnum
- Shires of Balmoral, Belmont, Coorparoo, Enoggera, Kedron, Moggill, Sherwood, Stephens, Taringa, and Toombul and,
- Parts of the Shires of Tingalpa and Yeerongpilly
Accordingly, the Ithaca Town Council ceased to exist on 1 Oct 1925.

Home Secretary 11-Mar-1903 - 1 Oct 1925

As well as the Ithaca Town Council (from 31 Mar 1903 to 1 Oct 1925), this agency registration also provides for the Ithaca Borough Council which existed for a short period only from 11 Mar 1903 until 31 Mar 1903.
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID9635, Ithaca Town Council
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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