Shire of Atherton

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Shire of Atherton
Queensland
Atherton LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population 10,912 (2006 census)[1]
 • Density 17.5124/km2 (45.357/sq mi)
Established 1881
Area 623.1 km2 (240.6 sq mi)
Council seat Atherton
Region Far North Queensland
Atherton Logo.jpg
Website www.athertonsc.qld.gov.au
LGAs around Shire of Atherton:
Mareeba Mareeba Cairns
Mareeba Shire of Atherton Cairns
Herberton Eacham Eacham

The Shire of Atherton was a local government area of Queensland. It was located on the Atherton Tableland, a plateau forming part of the Great Dividing Range west of the city of Cairns. The shire, administered from the town of Atherton, covered an area of 623.1 square kilometres (240.6 sq mi), and existed as a local government entity from 1881 until 2008, when it amalgamated with several other councils in the Tableland area to become the Tablelands Region.

History[edit]

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

The Tinaroo Division was created on 3 September 1881 under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 out of parts of the Cairns, Hinchinbrook and Woothakata Divisions,[2] and was responsible for a large area which took in Herberton and Lake Eacham.

On 20 December 1890, part of the Tinaroo Division was excised to create the new Barron Division.[3]

In 1894, Tinaroo Division's headquarters transferred from Tinaroo to Atherton. On 11 May 1895 it decreased somewhat in size as it lost some areas in the south and southwest which incorporated separately as the Herberton Division.

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Tinaroo Division became Shire of Tinaroo on 31 March 1903. On 18 November 1910 it lost the area around Lake Eacham to the new Shire of Eacham , and in 1935, the Shire of Tinaroo was renamed Shire of Atherton.[4]

On 15 March 2008, under the Local Government (Reform Implementation) Act 2007 passed by the Parliament of Queensland on 10 August 2007, the Shire of Atherton merged with the Shires of Eacham, Herberton and Mareeba to form the Tablelands Region.

Towns and localities[edit]

Tinaroo Shire Council Chambers in Atherton, Queensland, 1928

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 3,962
1947 4,335
1954 5,401
1961 5,806
1966 5,311
1971 5,638
1976 6,240
1981 7,501
1986 8,518
1991 9,518
1996 10,119
2001 10,509
2006 10,912

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

  • 1884: Mr Selig [5]
  • 1906: T. Swan [6]
  • 1908: Thomas Rose [7]
  • 1927: Fred Gran [8]
  • 1988-2008: Jim Chapman

Other notable council members include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Atherton (S) (Local Government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Proclamation [Tinaroo]". Queensland Government Gazette. 10 September 1881. p. 29:564. 
  3. ^ "Agency ID318, Barron Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 16 February 1935. p. 144:427. 
  5. ^ "QUEENSLAND NEWS.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 13 February 1884. p. 5. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  6. ^ Consolidated Index to Queensland Government Gazette 1859-1919. Queensland Family History Society. 2004. ISBN 1 876613 79 3. 
  7. ^ "LICENSING AUTHORITIES.". Townsville Daily Bulletin (Qld. : 1885 - 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 4 April 1908. p. 3. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Collins, Hon. Harold Henry". Re-Member Database. Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 18 June 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

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Coordinates: 17°16′00.55″S 145°28′34.08″E / 17.2668194°S 145.4761333°E / -17.2668194; 145.4761333