District Council of Pirie

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District Council of Pirie is located in South Australia
District Council of Pirie
District Council of Pirie
Seat of the former District Council of Pirie in South Australia

The District Council of Pirie was a local government area in South Australia from 1892 to 1996. It surrounded, but did not include, the city of Port Pirie, which had its own municipal government as the City of Port Pirie.

The District Council was proclaimed on 16 June 1892, when the portion of the Hundred of Pirie not included in the Corporate Town (later City) of Port Pirie, the Hundred of Wandearah and the northern portions of the Hundreds of Napperby and Howe was excised from the District Council of Crystal Brook and formed into its own municipality.[1] The council decided to purchase land for a council chambers in David Street, Port Pirie at its second meeting in August, with the 25 ft by 17 ft wood and iron building open by October of that year.[2][3][4] The council was divided into three wards in 1897 (Pirie, Wandearah and Napperby), each electing two councillors.[4] It was to have only two clerks in its first fifty years: Edwin Ebenezer Davis until his 1928 death, followed by Edwin Rule Glasson.[4]

The inaugural boundaries were similarly described in 1936, when the council was reported to control a total area of 248,000 acres. In that year, it had a population of 2,100, with 616 ratepayers, electing councillors from three wards.[5] In February 1936, a replacement council office was built at a cost of £400 after the first offices were reported to have "almost collapsed".[4] It was reported on the council's golden jubilee in 1942 that it had spent £150,000 on main roads over the course of its history.[4]

The council ceased to exist in July 1996, when it merged into the City of Port Pirie. The merged municipality subsequently amalgamated with the District Council of Crystal Brook-Redhill to form the Port Pirie Regional Council in March 1997.[6]

Chairmen[edit]

  • E. H. Eagle (1892-1903) [4]
  • W. S. Fidge (1903-1909) [4]
  • W. Smith (1909-1911) [4]
  • A. J. Dennis (1911-1913) [4]
  • T. Johns (1913-1914) [4]
  • G. Ferme (1914-1918) [4]
  • D. L. McEwen (1918-1919) [4]
  • A. A. Button (1919-1929) [4]
  • Edwin Boucher Welch (1929-1937) [7]
  • Andrew Martin Lawrie (1937-1939) [7]
  • Harold Fulton (Rhen) Welch (1939-1946) [7]
  • David Charles (Paddy) Ferme (1946-1953) [7]
  • Henry Boucher (Harry) Welch (1953-1955) [7]
  • Angus Vivian Bain (1955-1963) [7]
  • David Charles (Paddy) Ferme (1963-1978) [7]
  • Victor Albert Hannan (1978-?) [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hosking, P. (1936). The Official civic record of South Australia : centenary year, 1936. Adelaide: Universal Publicity Company. p. 538.
  2. ^ "PIRIE DISTRICT COUNCIL". The Port Pirie Standard And Barrier Advertiser. 4, (188). South Australia. 11 August 1892. p. 2. Retrieved 19 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. ^ "Advertising". The Port Pirie Standard And Barrier Advertiser. 4, (196). South Australia. 6 October 1892. p. 2. Retrieved 19 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "FOUR MEN MET IN 1892". Recorder (12, 255). South Australia. 1 July 1942. p. 3. Retrieved 19 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Hosking, P. (1936). The Official civic record of South Australia : centenary year, 1936. Adelaide: Universal Publicity Company. p. 810.
  6. ^ "Minutes of the Ordinary Meeting of Council held on Wednesday 23 July 2014" (PDF). Port Pirie Regional Council. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836-1986, Wakefield Press, pp. 456–457, ISBN 978-0-949268-82-2

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