Shire of Etheridge

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Shire of Etheridge
Queensland
Etheridge LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population 925 (2010)[1]
 • Density 0.023518/km2 (0.06091/sq mi)
Established 1879
Area 39,332.3 km2 (15,186.3 sq mi)
Mayor Warren Devlin
Council seat Georgetown
Region Far North Queensland
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Website www.etheridge.qld.gov.au
LGAs around Shire of Etheridge:
Carpentaria Mareeba Tablelands
Croydon Shire of Etheridge Charters Towers
Richmond Flinders Charters Towers

The Shire of Etheridge is a local government area in Far North Queensland, Australia in what is known as the Savannah Gulf region. Its economy is based around cattle grazing and mining.

It covers an area of 39,332.3 square kilometres (15,186.3 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1882.

History[edit]

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

The Einasleigh Division was created on 11 November 1879 as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 with a population of 720.[2][3] In 1891 it was reported that the divisional board had made no progress, perhaps because it covered a large area that was sparsely settled.[4]

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Einasleigh Division became the Shire of Einasleigh on 31 March 1903.[3][5]

On 15 March 1919, it was renamed Shire of Etheridge.[5]

Towns and localities[edit]

Former towns and localities[edit]

The Etheridge Shire had many mines in the late 1800s. This gave rise to a number of communities that no longer exist today:

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 1,085
1947 860
1954 815
1961 828
1966 936
1971 974
1976 940
1981 1,010
1986 1,210
1991 1,377
1996 1,273
2001 1,423
2006 1,422

Chairmen[edit]

  • 1888: C. Battersby [6]
  • 1927: W. H. G. Gard [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Proclamation [Einasleigh Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 November 1879. p. 25:1007. 
  3. ^ a b "Agency ID11113, Einasleigh Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  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. ^ a b "Agency ID11076, Etheridge Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Consolidated Index to Queensland Government Gazette 1859-1919. Queensland Family History Society. 2004. ISBN 1 876613 79 3. 
  7. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 18°17′27″S 143°32′52″E / 18.29083°S 143.54778°E / -18.29083; 143.54778