Shire of Hinchinbrook

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Shire of Hinchinbrook
Queensland
Hinchinbrook LGA Qld 2008.png
Location within Queensland
Population 12,271 (2010)[1]
 • Density 4.36566/km2 (11.3070/sq mi)
Established 1879
Area 2,810.8 km2 (1,085.3 sq mi)
Mayor Rodger Bow
Council seat Ingham
Region North Queensland
State electorate(s) Hinchinbrook
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
Website www.hinchinbrook.qld.gov.au
LGAs around Shire of Hinchinbrook:
Tablelands Cassowary Coast Coral Sea
Charters Towers Shire of Hinchinbrook Coral Sea
Charters Towers Townsville

The Shire of Hinchinbrook is a local government area in North Queensland, Queensland, Australia. The shire, administered from the town of Ingham, covers an area of 2,810.8 square kilometres (1,085.3 sq mi), and has existed since its creation on 11 November 1879 as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879.

The council consists of a mayor plus six councillors, each of whom represents the entire Shire. Prior to 2008, the council consisted of a mayor plus eight councillors.

History[edit]

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

The Hinchinbrook Division was created on 11 November 1879 as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 with a population of 326.[2] It originally covered a much larger area, extending well into the Tablelands Region.

On 3 September 1881, 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.[3]

On 28 October 1881, part of Hinchinbrook Division was separated to create the Johnstone Division.[4]

On 18 January 1884 part of Hinchinbrook Division was separated to create the Cardwell Division.[5][6][7]

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Hinchinbrook Division became Shire of Hinchinbrook on 31 March 1903.

Hinchinbrook was one of the few shires outside of remote areas in Queensland not to be affected by amalgamations in 2007–2008. It was considered for amalgamation into the Cassowary Coast Region with Cardwell and Johnstone, but the Local Government Commissioners accepted arguments by the council that there was no significant community of interest between the three, that amalgamation would not improve financial sustainability and that the resulting council would have a large north-south distance which would impact upon economies of scale.[8]

Shire hall[edit]

Shire Hall building, Ingham, ca. 1922

The first shire hall was constructed in 1883, but was destroyed by fire in May 1916. A new double-storey building was built at a different site in 1919. The present shire hall opened in 1963.[9]

Towns and localities[edit]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 10,179
1947 9,212
1954 11,381
1961 11,890
1966 13,644
1971 13,373
1976 13,864
1981 13,683
1986 13,476
1991 13,496
1996 13,450
2001 12,432
2006 12,017

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

Chairmen of the Hinchinbrook Divisional Board
Chairmen of the Hinchinbrook Shire Council
  • 1903: Frank Fraser[10]
  • 1904–1905: R.G. Johnson (resigned)[10][11]
  • 1905–1909: Francis Andrew O'Connor Cassady[10]
  • 1910–1913: Martin Flynn (resigned)[10]
  • 1913–1915: Francis Andrew O'Connor Cassady (again)[10]
  • 1916–1920: J. W. Cartwright[10]
  • 1921–1936: Francis Andrew O'Connor Cassady (again, died 23 March 1936)[10][12][13][14]
  • 1936: F. J. Heard (temporary)[10]
  • 1936–1942: James Lawrence Kelly[10][15][16]
  • 1943–1945: F. N. Alston[10]
  • 1946–1954: James Lawrence Kelly (again)[10]
  • 1955–1977: W. O. Garbutt (died)[10][17]
  • May 1977–1981 : S. Cavallaro[10][18]
  • 1982–1984: A. J. Andrews[10]
  • 1985–1987: J. J. Williams[10]
  • 1988–1993 : R. S. Brown[10]
Mayors
  • 1994–1999 : Giuseppantonio (Pino) Giandomenico[10]
  • 2000–2003 : Keith Thomas Phillips[10]
  • 2004–2011: Giuseppantonio (Pino) Giandomenico[10][19]
  • 2012— : Mansell (Rodger) Bow[10][20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Proclamation [Hinchinbrook Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 November 1879. p. 25:1007. 
  3. ^ "Proclamation [Tinaroo]". Queensland Government Gazette. 10 September 1881. p. 29:564. 
  4. ^ "Proclamation [Johnstone Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 29 October 1881. p. 29:1009. 
  5. ^ "Proclamation [Cardwell Division constituted]". Queensland Government Gazette. 19 January 1884. p. 34:170. 
  6. ^ "Proclamation [Hinchinbrook Division amended]". Queensland Government Gazette. 19 January 1884. p. 34:169. 
  7. ^ "Agency ID743, Cardwell Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Queensland Local Government Reform Commission (July 2007). Report of the Local Government Reform Commission 2. pp. 156–159. ISBN 1-921057-11-4. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Ingham". Australian Heritage: Historical Towns Directory. Heritage Australia Publishing. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad List of Chairmen and Council Members. Hinchinbrook Shire Council. 
  11. ^ Consolidated Index to Queensland Government Gazette 1859–1919. Queensland Family History Society. 2004. ISBN 1 876613 79 3. 
  12. ^ "OBITUARY.". Cairns Post (Qld. : 1909 – 1954) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 24 March 1936. p. 6. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "OBITUARY.". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 – 1954) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 25 March 1936. p. 25. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Frank A. Cassady 1936". Hinchinbrook Shire Library. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "James Lawrence Kelly". Hinchinbrook Shire Library. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Opening of the Ingham Aerodrome 1939". Hinchinbrook Shire Library. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  17. ^ "Hinchinbrook Shire Council Members 1958". Hinchinbrook Shire Library. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "100 Years of Local Government". Monument Australia. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Hinchinbrook Channel". Parliament of Australia. 30 July 1998. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Mayor & Councillors for the Term 2012 – 2016". Hinchinbrook Shire Council. Hinchinbrook Shire Council. Retrieved 19 June 2014. 

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Coordinates: 18°39′S 146°10′E / 18.650°S 146.167°E / -18.650; 146.167