City of Ipswich

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This article is about the local government area. For the suburb, see Ipswich (suburb), Queensland. For the metropolitan area, see Ipswich, Queensland. For the county town in Suffolk, England, see Ipswich.

Coordinates: 27°36′40.37″S 152°45′41.95″E / 27.6112139°S 152.7616528°E / -27.6112139; 152.7616528

City of Ipswich
Location within South East Queensland
Population 177,323 (2011)[1]
 • Density 147.315/km2 (381.544/sq mi)
Established 1860
Area 1,203.7 km2 (464.8 sq mi)
Mayor Paul Pisasale
Council seat Ipswich
Region South East Queensland
State electorate(s) Ipswich, Bundamba
Federal Division(s) Oxley, Blair
Ipswich City Council logo.jpg
Website City of Ipswich
LGAs around City of Ipswich:
Somerset Somerset City of Brisbane
Lockyer Valley City of Ipswich City of Logan
Southern Downs Scenic Rim City of Logan

The City of Ipswich is a local government area which governs the outer western portion of the Brisbane Metropolitan Area, Queensland. It covers an area of 1,090 square kilometres (420.9 sq mi) along the coast about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southwest of Brisbane CBD. The City of Ipswich local government area has a population of 180,000 (2013).

Ipswich is centrally located in the South East Queensland region of Australia. To the east is the City of Brisbane local government area, and to the west are the rural and agricultural areas of the Brisbane, Lockyer and Fassifern Valleys. The Ipswich local government area comprises an area of 1090 square km and reached a population of 180,000 in 2013.[2]


Ipswich Post Office, c. 1890
Ipswich in flood, 1893

Ipswich is the second-oldest local government area in Queensland, after Brisbane. On 16 November 1859, after the enactment of the Municipalities Act of 1858 in New South Wales,[3] a petition containing 91 signatures was received by the Governor of New South Wales seeking to have Ipswich, which at the time had 3,000 people, granted municipal town status. The petition was gazetted the following day, and no counter-petition was received.[4][5][6]

On 29 November, the letters patent authorised by Queen Victoria which were to make Queensland a separate colony were published in New South Wales, and the petition was forwarded to the new Queensland governor, Sir George Ferguson Bowen. On 10 December 1859, the same day that the letters patent were published in Queensland, the petition was regazetted. On 3 March 1860 the Borough of Ipswich was proclaimed, and its first elections were held on 19 April 1860, where John Murphy became its first Mayor. The Municipality's corporate logo was designed by Reverend Lacey H. Rumsey, the rector of St Paul's Church in Ipswich in 1861.[4][5][6]

Ipswich applied on 22 November 1904 to become a City, the status being conferred by the Government of Queensland on 1 December 1904 and its first mayor was Hugh Reilly.[6] On its declaration, the City of Ipswich covered only the central area of Ipswich itself – even what are today considered inner suburbs were parts of different entities.

Beginning in 1994 Ipswich adopted an innovative, community-based, information technology project which aimed to make the city a technology hub at the forefront of the growing move towards the information superhighway.[7] The most prominent feature of the initiative, which was called Global Info-Links, was the development of a new library with free public internet access and the development of a wide area network to which people could subscribe.

The Greater Ipswich Scheme of 1916[edit]

On 13 October 1916, a rationalisation of the local government areas in and around Ipswich was implemented. It involved the abolition of five shires:[8][9]

resulting in:

  • an enlarged City of Ipswich by including part of the Shire of Brassall and part of the Shire of Bundanba[10]
  • a new Shire of Ipswich by amalgamating part of the Shire of Brassall, part of the Shire of Bundanba, part of the Shire of Walloon and all of the Shire of Purga[11]
  • an enlarged Shire of Rosewood by including part of the Shire of Walloon
  • an enlarged Shire of Esk by including all of the Shire of Lowood[12]

Greater Ipswich Scheme of 1949[edit]

On 29 January 1949, a new Local Government Act was enacted to further amalgamate local government in the Ipswich area, abolishing the Shires of Normanby and Rosewood. The City of Ipswich was enlarged (from 12¼ square miles to 30 square miles) to include the more urban parts of the Shire of Moreton (formerly known as the Shire of Ipswich). The Shire of Moreton was then enlarged by the inclusion of the northern part of the Shire of Normanby and all the Shire of Rosewood. The southern part of the Shire of Normanby was transferred to an enlarged Shire of Boonah.[13][14][15]

Further enlargement[edit]

The Shire of Moreton amalgamated with Ipswich on 11 March 1995.[16]

Loss of rural areas[edit]

In March 2000, Ipswich ceded some rural territory in Mount Walker, Mutdapilly, Rosevale and Warrill View to the neighbouring Shire of Boonah. Following the major reforms of local government in Queensland, on 15 March 2008, Ipswich lost the largely rural areas of Harrisville and Peak Crossing in its southeast to the new Scenic Rim Region.

On 31 October 2012, a groundbreaking ceremony for the Ecco Ripley housing development project was conducted by Ipswich mayor Paul Pisasale and Sekisui House.[17]


Because Ipswich is the head of navigation on the Brisbane and tributary rivers, it was chosen as the starting point of the first railway to the interior. This saved money in the first instance, and only later was this railway was connected to the City of Brisbane area.


Former city logo incorporating crest

The local government has 10 Councillors each representing one division (or ward). Each Councillor serves a four-year term. The Mayor is directly elected by the people every 4 years. Future elections will be held in 2016 and 2020.

Click here to view the list of all Councillors and their Divisions.[18]


John Murphy was the first Mayor of Ipswich

The mayors of Ipswich have been:[19]

Mayor Term Notes
Paul Pisasale 2004–present
John Nugent 1995–2004
David Underwood 1991–1995
Des Freeman 1979–1991
Arthur Hastings 1973–1979
James Finimore 1950–1973
James Charles Minnis 1939–1949
Allan Godfrey Sutton 1938–1939 Sutton was appointed to serve out Stephenson's term after the latter's death in October 1938.[20]
Alfred Tully Stephenson 1933–1938 The son of Alfred John Stephenson (mayor in 1907). He died in office.[20]
Oliver Perry 1930–1932
Alfred Tully Stephenson 1921–1929 [21]

Prior to 1921, mayors were elected on an annual basis from amongst the councillors, as follows:[19]

Mayor Term Notes
John Francis Lobb 1920 [22]
Edward John Loftus Easton 1919 [23]
Frank Barker 1918
Pearson Welsley Cameron 1917
T.J. Smith 1916
Frederick George Springall 1915
Alfred Tully Stephenson 1914
Rockley Battye 1913
Alfred Tully Stephenson 1912
Richard P. Watson 1911
Maurice Bowers 1910
James Cooper 1909
William Thomas Deacon 1908
Alfred John Stephenson 1907 also Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly for Ipswich and Member of the Queensland Legislative Council
Frederick Goleby 1906
Isaac Ham 1905
Hugh Reilly 1904
William Henry Summerville 1903
C.W.L. (Louis) Heiner 1902
Michael Real 1901
Peter Brown 1900 (Deceased 27/6)
Thomas Baines 1899
Roderick McLeod 1898
William Thomas Deacon 1896–1897
Robert Tallon 1895
Henry E. Wyman 1894
Denis Thomas Keogh 1893
Jacob Spresser 1892
James McGill 1891
Peter Brown 1890
Samuel Shenton 1889
Peter Brown 1887–1888
J. Francis 1884–1886
Robert Tallon 1883
John Swain Willey 1881–1882
Peter Brown 1880
Josiah Francis 1878–1879
Charles Frederick Chubb 1877
John MacFarlane 1876
Robert Tallon 1875
Thomas Pryde 1873–1874
Samuel Shenton 1871–1872
James Foote 1870
Harry Hooper 1869
Henry Caleb Williams 1868 [24]
John Murphy 1865–1867
John Pettigrew from September 1864
Francis North 1863–1864 died 8 August 1864
John Johnston 1862
John Murphy 1860–1861




Sister cities[edit]

Former sister cities[edit]


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  2. ^ Joel Gould (27 April 2013). "Ipswich's rocketing population hits 180,000". The Queensland Times. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  3. ^ 22 Vic No. 13 (Imp), assented 27 October 1858
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  9. ^ "Local Authorities Act 1902 – Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 13 October 1916. p. 1916:1093. 
  10. ^ "Agency ID992, Ipswich City Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Agency ID995, Ipswich Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "Agency ID11326, Lowood Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Local Government Acts 1936–1948 – Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 29 January 1949. p. 1949:343. 
  14. ^ "GREATER IPSWICH AREA BY MAY.". Queensland Times (DAILY ed.) (Ipswich, Queensland: National Library of Australia). 28 January 1949. p. 1. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  15. ^ "BIGGER SHIRES OPERATE SOON.". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane: National Library of Australia). 15 January 1949. p. 4. Retrieved 13 September 2013. 
  16. ^ "Local Government Act 1993 – Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 March 1995. p. 1995:1381. 
  17. ^ Geoff Egan (1 November 2012). "Massive housing project launches". Queensland Times. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Mayor and Councillors". Ipswich City Council. Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Ipswich City Council (2005). "Mayors of Ipswich 1860–2005 – Chronological List" (PDF). Retrieved 14 March 2008. 
  20. ^ a b "Ald. A. G. Sutton New Mayor of Ipswich.". The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 11 October 1938. p. 7 Edition: SECOND EDITION. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  21. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "OBITUARY.". Queensland Times (Ipswich) (Qld. : 1909 - 1954) (Ipswich) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 12 October 1944. p. 3 Edition: DAILY. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  23. ^ "Mr. E. J. Easton.". The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 23 August 1929. p. 9 Edition: CITY EDITION. Retrieved 29 June 2015. 
  24. ^ "TELEGRAPHIC.". The Brisbane Courier (National Library of Australia). 13 February 1868. p. 2. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  25. ^ "Sister Cities : Ipswich City Council". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 
  26. ^ "Brisbane, Ipswich to become sister cities with Hyderabad, India". Retrieved 2015-06-11. 

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