These volumes contain the minutes of general and special meetings of the Goolman Divisional Board (1879-1903), the Goolman Shire Council (1903-1937), and the Boonah Shire Council (1937-1928), plus a minute book for the "Goolman Shire War Council" (1917-1918).
Included are dates of meetings, names of those present, topics discussed and decisions made. No agendas are included; some volumes incorporate marginal notes indicating the topics under discussion and later on each of these is underlined. Matters discussed concern the Council's responsibility for the provision of local services including land use and town planning, environment protection, water resources, drainage and sewerage, transport planning and roads etc.
The volume kept by the Goolman Shire War Council discusses shire matters relevant to the ongoing war, such as local soldier's send-offs and welcoming receptions for returned soldiers, war anniversaries, fund raising, repatriation, etc.