List of mayors and lord mayors of Brisbane

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This is a list of the Mayors and Lord Mayors of the City of Brisbane, a local government area of Queensland, Australia. The current Lord Mayor of Brisbane is Adrian Schrinner.

Mayors of the Brisbane Municipal Council (1859–1903)[edit]

The Town of Brisbane, established in 1859, was led by a mayor.[1][2][3]

Mayor Term
John Petrie 1859–1862
Thomas Blacket Stephens[4] 1862
George Edmondstone 1863
Joshua Jeays 1864
Albert John Hockings (1st term) 1865
Richard Symes Warry 1866
Albert John Hockings (2nd term) 1867
John Hardgrave 1868–1869
William Pettigrew 1870
Francis Murray 1871
Edward Joseph Baines 1872
James Swan 1873–1875
Richard Ash Kingsford 1876
Alfred Hubbard 1877–1878
John Daniel Heal 1879
John Sinclair 1880–1881
Robert Porter 1882
Abram Robertson Byram 1883
John McMaster (1st term) 1884
Benjamin Harris Babbidge 1885
James Hipwood 1886–1887
Richard Southall 1888
William McNaughton Galloway 1889
John McMaster (2nd term) 1890
John Allworth Clark 1891
George Watson 1892
John McMaster (3rd term) 1893
Robert Fraser 1894–1895
Robert Woods Thurlow 1896
John McMaster (4th term) 1897
William Thorne 1898
William Andrew Seal 1899
James Nicol Robinson 1900
Thomas Proe (1st term) 1901
Leslie Corrie 1902–1903

Mayors of the Brisbane City Council (1903–1925)[edit]

The City of Brisbane, established in 1903, replaced the Town of Brisbane and was led by a mayor.[5]

Mayor Term Party
Leslie Corrie 1903
Thomas Rees 1904
Thomas Proe (2nd term) 1905
John Crase 1906
William Murray Thompson 1907
Charles Packenham Buchanan (1st term) 1908
Thomas Wilson 1909
John Hetherington (1st term) 1910
Harry Diddams (1st term) 1911
Alfred John Raymond 1912
Harry Doggett 1913
Charles Moffatt Jenkinson 1914
George Down 1915
John Hetherington (2nd term) 1916–1917
John McMaster (5th term) 1918–1919
Charles Packenham Buchanan (2nd term) 1919–1919
James Francis Maxwell 1920–1921   National
Harry Diddams (2nd term) 1921–1924
Maurice Barry 1924–1925 Labor
Thomas Wilson (2nd term)[6] 1925

Lord Mayors of the Brisbane City Council (1925–present)[edit]

The new City of Brisbane, established in 1925, replaced the former City of Brisbane and is led by the Lord Mayor.

Lord Mayor Term Party Notes
William Alfred Jolly 1925–1931   United Party
Archibald Watson 1931   Nationalist Civic Party
John William Greene 1931–1934   Progress Party/Independent
Alfred James Jones 1934–1940   Labor
Sir John Beals Chandler 1940–1952   Citizens' Municipal Organisation
Frank Edward Roberts 1952–1955   Labor
Sir Reg Groom 1955–1961   Citizens' Municipal Organisation
Clem Jones 1961–1975   Labor
Bryan Walsh 1975–1976  
Frank Sleeman 1976–1982  
Roy Harvey 1982–1985  
Sallyanne Atkinson 1985–1991   Liberal
Jim Soorley 1991–2003   Labor
Tim Quinn 2003–2004  
Campbell Newman 2004–2008   Liberal
2008–2011   Liberal National
Graham Quirk 2011–2019  
Adrian Schrinner 2019–present   [7]

Historical party names[edit]

Prior to 1976, conservative councillors stood on a variety of different platforms: the United Party, Nationalist Citizens Party, Civic Reform League, the Citizens' Municipal Organisation, the Liberal Civic Party and the Brisbane Civic Party.[8]

The United Party and its successor the Nationalist Citizens Party were created as the vehicle for conservative candidates to campaign against Labor candidates in the newly formed Brisbane City Council. The Nationalist Citizens Party was doomed when the very conservative Civic Reform League was created on 12 December 1930. This saw most of the conservative councillors from the Nationalist Citizens Party - led by Acting Mayor Watson - defect to the Civic Reform League, which failed to win the subsequent elections.[9] The Progress Party was created at the same time and for the 1931 election saw only three of its candidates win, including John Greene, who became Lord Mayor as a compromise candidate amongst the 20 alderman.[10]

The Citizens' Municipal Organisation (CMO) was ostensibly a nonpartisan grouping, but was informally aligned with firstly the United Australian Party, then the Liberal Party (after 1944). The CMO was formed on 23 June 1936 and was the platform for the election campaigns of Sir John Chandler and Sir Reg Groom. Finally in the 1976 election, the Liberal Party began to contest the elections directly.[11]


  1. ^ Larcombe, F.A. (Frederick) (1973). The Origin of Local Government in New South Wales 1831–58. Sydney University Press. p. 274. ISBN 0-424-06610-6.
  2. ^ Brisbane City Council Archives
  3. ^ The Mayors of Brisbane, The Queenslander, Saturday 6 February 1892, page 278
  4. ^ Australian History Publishing Co (1936), Queensland and Queenslanders : incorporating 'Prominent Queenslanders', Australian History Publishing Co, p. 270, archived from the original on 2 October 2015, retrieved 1 October 2015 — available online Archived 16 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Agency Details – Brisbane City Council I". 2009. Archived from the original on 10 October 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  6. ^ "MR. T. WILSON DEAD". The Brisbane Courier. No. 23, 495. Queensland, Australia. 20 May 1933. p. 12. Retrieved 2 April 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "2020 Local Government Elections: Saturday, 28 March 2020". Electoral Commission of Queensland. 2020. Archived from the original on 16 June 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2020.
  8. ^ Shaping A City – Making Greater Brisbane Work (1925–1985), John Cole (1985), Published by William Brooks Queensland
  9. ^ John Cole (1985). Shaping A City – Making Greater Brisbane Work (1925–1985). William Brooks Queensland. pp. 49–52, 73–78.
  10. ^ John Cole (1985). Shaping A City – Making Greater Brisbane Work (1925–1985). William Brooks Queensland. p. 74.
  11. ^ John Cole (1985). Shaping A City – Making Greater Brisbane Work (1925–1985). William Brooks Queensland. pp. 98, 107–108.

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