Shire of Croydon

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Shire of Croydon
Queensland
Croydon LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population 273 (2010)[1]
 • Density 0.009230/km2 (0.02391/sq mi)
Established 1887
Area 29,577.8 km2 (11,420.1 sq mi)
Mayor Corrie Pickering
Council seat Croydon
Region Far North Queensland
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Website www.croydon.qld.gov.au
LGAs around Shire of Croydon:
Carpentaria Carpentaria Tablelands
Carpentaria Shire of Croydon Etheridge
McKinlay Richmond Richmond

The Shire of Croydon is a local government area in western Queensland, Australia. The shire, administered from the town of Croydon, covers an area of 29,577.8 square kilometres (11,420.1 sq mi). The council consists of a mayor plus four councillors, each of whom represents the entire Shire.

History[edit]

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

The area was originally settled as part of a gold rush in the 1880s, and at one time had a population of 7,000. The Croydon Division was created on 31 December 1887 under the Divisional Boards Act 1887.

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, the Croydon Division became the Shire of Croydon 31 March 1903.[2]

At one stage the Town of Croydon was responsible for the town itself; however, this was dissolved into the Shire on 1 January 1909.[3]

Amalgamation[edit]

Croydon, like many western local government areas, was not affected by amalgamations in 2007–2008, mainly because of the large geographical size and remoteness of the shire. Despite being rated as "weak" by the Financial Sustainability Review, analysis by the Local Government Commissioners revealed this to be due to factors upon which amalgamation would have no effect.

Towns and localities[edit]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 318
1947 167
1954 161
1961 181
1966 162
1971 236
1976 222
1981 255
1986 324
1991 281
1996 316
2001 322
2006 255

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

Chairmen
  • 1892: E.S. Ross [4]
  • 1927: William M. O'Flaherty [5]
Mayors
  • 2008: Cornelia Bernardina (Corrie) Pickering [6]
  • 2014: Trevor Pickering [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Agency ID6073, CroydonShire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 19 December 1908. p. 91:1196. 
  4. ^ Consolidated Index to Queensland Government Gazette 1859-1919. Queensland Family History Society. 2004. ISBN 1 876613 79 3. 
  5. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "2008 Croydon Shire - Mayoral Election - Election Summary". Electoral Commission Queensland. Electoral Commission of Queensland. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  7. ^ "Councillor Profiles". Croydon Shire Council. Croydon Shire Council. Archived from the original on 15 June 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 18°12′10″S 142°14′39″E / 18.20278°S 142.24417°E / -18.20278; 142.24417