Lands administrative divisions of Queensland

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The 319 counties of Queensland in 1901.

Lands administrative divisions of Queensland refers to the divisions of Queensland used for the registration of land titles. There are 322 counties, and 5,319 parishes within the state.[1] They are part of the Lands administrative divisions of Australia. Queensland had been divided into 109 counties in the nineteenth century, before the Land Act of 1897 subdivided many of these counties to 319. Some of the eastern counties remained the same, with most of the subdivisions occurring in the west and north. The current counties were named and bounded by the Governor in Council on 7 March 1901.[2][3]

In 2006, the government sought advice about a plan to abolish the counties and parishes within the state.[4]

Land districts[edit]

Queensland was divided into districts in the mid-nineteenth century. The districts still exist today, forming the top level of Queensland's land titles system.

  • Burke (named after Burke and Wills)
  • Cook
  • Darling Downs
  • Leichhardt
  • Maranoa
  • Mitchell
  • Moreton
  • North Gregory
  • North Kennedy
  • Port Curtis
  • South Gregory
  • South Kennedy
  • Warrego
  • Wide Bay/Burnett

19th century counties[edit]

109 counties of Queensland in 1893

There were 109 counties in Queensland by the late nineteenth century, before they were subdivided into the current 322 counties. All of these original counties continue to exist but many are smaller than they were in the nineteenth century, with many new counties added. For the counties which were subdivided in 1901, the original county remains, usually around the largest town in the area, but smaller than before. For instance the nineteenth century county of Beaconsfield was based around Cloncurry; Cloncurry is still in Beaconsfield, but the county is much smaller, with new counties such as Argylla, Sellwyn and Alison surrounding it.

List of counties by district[edit]

Moreton, Darling Downs and Wide Bay/Burnett Districts[edit]

County District Major towns
Aubigny Darling Downs Toowoomba, Dalby
Auburn Darling Downs
Bentinck Darling Downs Stanthorpe
Boondooma Wide Bay/Burnett
Bowen Wide Bay/Burnett Gin Gin
Bulwer Darling Downs Miles
Canning Moreton Caboolture, Sunshine Coast
Carnarvon Darling Downs
Cavendish Moreton Esk, Kingaroy
Churchill Moreton Gatton
Clive Darling Downs Texas
Cook Wide Bay/Burnett Bundaberg
Derby Darling Downs Millmerran
Fitzroy Wide Bay/Burnett Nanango
Fraser Wide Bay/Burnett Fraser Island
Lennox Wide Bay/Burnett Kilkivan
Lytton Darling Downs Chinchilla
Mackenzie Wide Bay/Burnett Gayndah, Mundubbera
March Wide Bay/Burnett Gympie, Hervey Bay,
Maryborough, Noosa
Marsh Darling Downs Goondiwindi
Merivale Darling Downs Warwick
Newcastle Wide Bay/Burnett
Pring Darling Downs
Rawbelle Wide Bay/Burnett Monto
Rogers Darling Downs Condamine
Stanley Moreton Brisbane, Ipswich, Logan, Redcliffe
Ward Moreton Gold Coast
Wicklow Wide Bay/Burnett
Yarrol Wide Bay/Burnett Eidsvold

Burke District[edit]

  • Albion
  • Allison
  • Argylla
  • Beaconsfield (including Cloncurry)
  • Brahe
  • Buller
  • Burke
  • Canobie
  • Carpentaria
  • Chudleigh
  • Douglas
  • Dutton
  • Eddington
  • Esmeralda
  • Fielding
  • Glenora
  • Granada
  • Gregory
  • Howitt
  • Iffley
  • Kamileroi
  • Lamington
  • Landsborough
  • Manfred
  • Morstone
  • Mueller
  • Nash
  • Nicholson
  • Norman (including Normanton)
  • Oaklands
  • Parker
  • Philp
  • Porchester
  • Richmond
  • Rochedale (including Mount Isa)
  • Rupert
  • Savannah
  • Saxby
  • Selwyn
  • Stokes
  • Surrey
  • Talawanta
  • Taldora
  • Tewinga
  • Toorak
  • Undilla
  • Wellesley (Wellesley Islands)
  • Wentworth
  • Wondoola
  • Wongalee
  • Wonomo
  • Woolgar
  • Yappar

Cook District[edit]

  • Archer
  • Balurga
  • Banks (including Cooktown)
  • Bolwarra
  • Byerley
  • Chelmsford
  • Coen
  • Cootah
  • Copperfield
  • Dagmar
  • Dulhunty
  • Dunbar
  • Etheridge
  • Franklin
  • Gilbert (including Georgetown)
  • Gould
  • Hann
  • Hodgkinson
  • Jardine
  • Kalkah
  • Kendall
  • King
  • Koolatah
  • Lang
  • Linasleigh
  • Lukin
  • Lynd
  • Lyndhurst
  • Maramie
  • Marga
  • Melville
  • Mosman
  • Nares (including Cairns)
  • Pera
  • Percy
  • Shelburne
  • Sidmouth
  • Solander
  • Somerset
  • Strathleven
  • Strathmore
  • Tate
  • Torres (Torres Strait Islands)
  • Victor
  • Walsh
  • Warner
  • Weipa
  • Weymouth
  • Wrotham
  • Yagoonya
  • York

Leichhardt District[edit]

Maranoa District[edit]

  • Belmore
  • Bundara
  • Cogoon
  • Dublin
  • Elgin
  • Kennedy
  • Maranoa
  • Mungallala
  • Nebine
  • Tomoo
  • Waldegrave (including Roma)
  • Warrong

Mitchell District[edit]

  • Barcoo
  • Cassillis
  • Cheviot
  • Coorajah
  • Coreena
  • Cumberland
  • Evora
  • Fermoy
  • Gayundah
  • Maneroo
  • Mexico
  • Mitchell
  • Musgrave
  • Paluma
  • Portland (including Longreach)
  • Rodney (including Barcaldine and Aramac)
  • Ruthven
  • Tambo
  • Towerhill
  • Uanda
  • Ularunda
  • Vergemont
  • Walker
  • Warbreccan
  • Windeyer
  • Wolseley
  • Wooroolah
  • Woura
  • Youranigh

North Gregory District[edit]

  • Amaroo
  • Ayrshire (including Winton)
  • Binburie
  • Brighton
  • Buckingham
  • Carrandotta
  • Chatsworth
  • Currawilla
  • Diamantina
  • Elderslie
  • Eurinye
  • Eyre
  • Farrar
  • Georgina
  • Glengyle
  • Hamilton
  • Kynuna
  • Malwa
  • Manuka
  • Mayne
  • Merlin
  • Monkira
  • Mowarra
  • Nyama
  • Oondooroo
  • Piturie
  • Rosebrook
  • Sandringham
  • Sturt
  • Toko
  • Warburton
  • Waverley
  • Wills
  • Windsor
  • Wokingham
  • Woodstock

North Kennedy District[edit]

Port Curtis District[edit]

South Gregory District[edit]

  • Abbotsford
  • Bulgroo
  • Burarie
  • Cameron
  • Carruthers
  • Conbar
  • Cooper
  • Curralle
  • Daroo
  • Durham
  • Durrie
  • Gordon
  • Grey
  • Haddon
  • Kyabra
  • Pender
  • Rosebery (including Birdsville)
  • Tanbar
  • Thunda
  • Weramo
  • Weringa
  • Wilson
  • Windula

South Kennedy District[edit]

Warrego District[edit]

  • Bando
  • Bulloo
  • Burenda
  • Burrandilla
  • Chesterton
  • Glanworth
  • Gowan
  • Humeburn
  • Kungie
  • Kyrunda
  • Langlo
  • McKinlay
  • Munga
  • Nickavilla
  • Nive
  • Noorama
  • Norley
  • Numalla
  • Orrery (including Charleville)
  • Palmer
  • Paroo
  • Pitteroo
  • Ross
  • Titheroo
  • Wellington (including Cunnamulla)
  • Wyara

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ Queensland. Survey Office. "Digital Collections - Maps - Queensland. Survey Office. Queensland showing counties". Nla.gov.au. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "900 Years of History to Disappear in Queensland" (PDF) (Press release) (in English). Ipswich City Council. 14 June 2006. Retrieved 28 May 2012.