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Agency Details

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Agency ID9637
TitleHamilton Divisional Board
Agency TypeLocal government authority
Start Date 2/10/1890
End Date 31/3/1903
Date NotesN/A
Abstract

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

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Series

Series IDTitleFromTo
3704General Ledgers 1/1/1884 31/3/1903
3677Minute Books 26/11/1890 31/3/1903
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Controlling Agencies

Agency IDTitleFromTo
2723Public Works Department II 2/10/1890 23/7/1891
107Colonial Secretary's Office 23/7/1891 6/8/1896
123Home Secretary's Office 6/8/1896 31/3/1903
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Previous Agencies

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Subsequent Agencies

Agency IDTitle
10780Hamilton Shire Council
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Finding Aids

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Publication Notes

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Remarks


Information Sources

Divisional Boards Act 1879
Queensland Government Gazette 4 Oct 1890, Vol. LI, No.32 p.337
Queensland Government Gazette 1891, Vol. LIII, No.67, p.873; No. 74, p.917
Harris C.P., Local Government and Regionalism in Queensland, 1859 to 1977, Canberra: ANU, 1978, pp. 13-41 passim, 79-80
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Legislation

Establishing Divisional Boards Act 1887
Abolishing Local Authorities Act 1902
Administered N/A
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Description

ESTABLISHMENT:
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. Subsequent to the Divisional Boards Act of 1887, the Hamilton Divisional Board was established on 2 Oct 1890.

FUNCTIONS:
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 also 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.

ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE:
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.

ABOLITION:
The Local Authorities Act 1902 abolished divisional boards and created city, town and shire councils. Existing divisional boards were constituted as shire councils. Under this Act, on 31 Mar 1903, the Hamilton Divisional Board became the Hamilton Shire Council.

PORTFOLIO CONTROLLING:
Secretary for Public Works 2 Oct 1890 - [by] 23 Jul 1891
Colonial Secretary [by] 23 Jul 1891 - 6 Aug 1896
Home Secretary 6 Aug 1896 - 31 Mar 1903
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Preferred Citation

Queensland State Archives Agency ID9637, Hamilton Divisional Board
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