Shire of Cloncurry

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Shire of Cloncurry
Queensland
Cloncurry LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population 3,384 (2010)[1]
 • Density 0.070334/km2 (0.182164/sq mi)
Established 1884
Area 48,113.3 km2 (18,576.6 sq mi)
Mayor Andrew Daniels[2]
Council seat Cloncurry
Region North West Queensland
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Website www.cloncurry.qld.gov.au
LGAs around Shire of Cloncurry:
Burke Carpentaria Carpentaria
Mount Isa Shire of Cloncurry McKinlay
Boulia Boulia Winton

The Shire of Cloncurry is a local government area in North West Queensland, Australia. It covers an area of 48,113.3 square kilometres (18,576.6 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1884. The major town and administrative centre of the shire is Cloncurry.

Prior to European settlement the area was home to the Mitakoodi, Kalkadoon and Pitta Pitta Aboriginal people.

The ghost town of Mary Kathleen, a town servicing a uranium mine since closed, is in the shire.

History[edit]

Map of Cloncurry Division and adjacent local government areas, March 1902

The Doonmunya Division was created on 11 November 1879 as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 with a population of 396.[3] However, the divisional board appeared to be completely inactive, perhaps because the division was so large (being the area surrounding the southern part of the Gulf of Carpentaria) and was very sparsely settled.[4] Nonetheless some of the citizens were unhappy about this.[5] Consequently, on 11 January 1883, the Doonmunya Division was abolished and a new Carpentaria Division was created to replace it.[6][7][8]

Given the size of the Carpentaria Division, the distance to its headquarters in Normanton was an issue for residents in the Cloncurry area, leading to a desire to create their own local division.[9] On 7 February 1884, part of Carpentaria Division was separated to create the new Cloncurry Division.[10][11][12]

On 30 January 1885, adjustments were made to boundaries of the Cloncurry Division when the Burke Division was also split off from the Carpentaria Division.[13][14][15]

On 31 March 1903, Cloncurry Division became the Shire of Cloncurry.[12][16]

Towns and localities[edit]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 6,184
1947 6,267
1954 3,052
1961 4,869
1966 3,348
1971 3,623
1976 4,036
1981 3,651
1986 3,194
1991 3,382
1996 3,878
2001 4,795
2006 3,970

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

  • 1884: George Seymour[17]
  • 1919: J. Hedleffe[18]
  • 1927: Walter Angus Rose[19]
  • 2008— : Andrew Daniels[20]

Other notable members of the council included:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Elected Representatives". Cloncurry Shire Council. Retrieved 9 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Proclamation [Doonmunya Division constituted]". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 November 1879. p. 25:1007. 
  4. ^ "Local Government Practically Applied.". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 – 1939) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 15 January 1881. p. 71. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "NORMANTON.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 12 January 1883. p. 6. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Proclamation [Doonmunya Division abolished]". Queensland Government Gazette. 13 January 1883. p. 32:98. 
  7. ^ "Proclamation [Carpentaria Division constituted]". Queensland Government Gazette. 13 January 1883. p. 32:98. 
  8. ^ "Agency ID556, Carpentaria Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "CLONCURRY.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 – 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 23 January 1884. p. 6. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Proclamation [Cloncurry Division constituted]". Queensland Government Gazette. 9 February 1884. p. 34:326-327. 
  11. ^ "Proclamation [Carpentaria Division amended]". Queensland Government Gazette. 9 February 1884. p. 34:326. 
  12. ^ a b "Agency ID578, Cloncurry Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  13. ^ "Proclamation [Burke Division constituted]". Queensland Government Gazette. 31 January 1885. p. 36:328-329. 
  14. ^ "Proclamation [Carpentaria Division amended]". Queensland Government Gazette. 31 January 1885. p. 36:328. 
  15. ^ "Proclamation [Cloncurry Division amended]". Queensland Government Gazette. 31 January 1885. p. 36:327-328. 
  16. ^ "Agency ID579, Cloncurry Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Memorable Jubilee.". The Longreach Leader (Qld. : 1923 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 12 February 1944. p. 12. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  18. ^ Consolidated Index to Queensland Government Gazette 1859–1919. Queensland Family History Society. 2004. ISBN 1 876613 79 3. 
  19. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  20. ^ "Elected Representatives". Cloncurry Shire Council. Cloncurry Shire Council. Archived from the original on 14 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  21. ^ "Aikens, Mr Thomas (Tom)". Re-Member Database. Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

  • "Cloncurry Shire". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. 

Coordinates: 20°42′16″S 140°30′20″E / 20.70444°S 140.50556°E / -20.70444; 140.50556