Shire of Flinders (Queensland)

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For the former Local Government Area on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria, see Shire of Flinders (Victoria).
Shire of Flinders
Queensland
Flinders LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population 1,821 (2010)[1]
 • Density 0.043839/km2 (0.113542/sq mi)
Established 1882
Area 41,538.5 km2 (16,038.1 sq mi)
Mayor Brendan McNamara
Council seat Hughenden
Region North West Queensland
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Website Shire of Flinders
LGAs around Shire of Flinders:
Etheridge Etheridge Charters Towers
Richmond Shire of Flinders Charters Towers
Winton Barcaldine Charters Towers

The Shire of Flinders is a local government area in north-western Queensland, Australia.

It covers an area of 41,538.5 square kilometres (16,038.1 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1882. The Shire, named for the Flinders River, is predominantly a grazing area with cattle in the north of the shire and mixed grazing to the south in the black soil area.

History[edit]

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

The Hughenden Division was established on 20 July 1882 under the Divisional Boards Act 1879.[2] On 20 April 1887, the Borough of Hughenden was constituted separately as a municipality for the emerging town of Hughenden.[3]

On 31 March 1903, the Hughenden Division became the Shire of Hughenden and the Borough of Hughenden became the Town of Hughenden under the Local Authorities Act 1902.[4] On 5 September of the same year, the Shire of Hughenden was renamed Shire of Flinders.[5]

The western part of the Shire was separately incorporated as the Shire of Wyangarie (later Shire of Richmond) on 23 October 1915. On 1 January 1930, part of the Shire of Flinders was annexed to the Shire of Dalrymple.[6]

In 1958, the Town of Hughenden amalgamated with the Shire of Flinders.[4][7]

Towns and localities[edit]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 3,426
1947 3,310
1954 3,293
1961 3,953
1966 3,716
1971 3,019
1976 2,875
1981 2,740
1986 2,804
1991 2,491
1996 2,232
2001 2,191
2006 1,792
  • ‡ – includes then-separate Town.

Chairmen[edit]

  • 1897: D. Simson [8]
  • 1927: E. M. Geary [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Proclamation [Hughenden Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 22 July 1882. p. 31:201. 
  3. ^ "Current News.". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 7 May 1887. p. 725. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Agency ID2251, Hughenden Town Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Agency ID887, Flinders Shire". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 21 December 1929. p. 133:2125. 
  7. ^ Flinders Shire Council (2008). "History of Council". Retrieved 30 October 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ Consolidated Index to Queensland Government Gazette 1859-1919. Queensland Family History Society. 2004. ISBN 1 876613 79 3. 
  9. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 20°50′34″S 144°12′02″E / 20.84278°S 144.20056°E / -20.84278; 144.20056