Lord Mayor of Brisbane

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Lord Mayor of Brisbane
Flag of the City of Brisbane
Adrian Schrinner
since 8 April 2019
StyleThe Right Honourable
Member ofCivic Cabinet
SeatBrisbane City Hall
Term length4 years
Inaugural holderWilliam Jolly
Formation1 October 1925; 98 years ago (1 October 1925)
SalaryA$377,394 (not including allowance)[1]

The Lord Mayor of Brisbane is the chief executive of the City of Brisbane, the capital of the Australian state of Queensland, and the head of the Brisbane City Council. Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner of the Liberal National Party was sworn in on 8 April 2019, following the resignation of Graham Quirk.[2]

The Lord Mayor serves a four-year term running concurrently with that of the City Council, and is elected by optional preferential voting. As Brisbane is by far the largest local government area in Australia, the Lord Mayor is elected by the largest single-member electorate in the Commonwealth.

Like all mayors in Queensland, the Lord Mayor has broad executive powers and additional civic and ceremonial duties.[3][4] The Lord Mayor is responsible for policy development, implementing policies enacted by the council, leading and controlling the business of council, preparing the budget and directing the chief executive and senior managers.[4][5][6] The Lord Mayor also chairs the council's Civic Cabinet and is an ex officio member of all council committees.[2]

In August 2023, Greens mayoral candidate Jonathan Sriranganathan proposed that the word "Lord" should be removed from the title of the city's chief executive.[7]

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

The Town of Brisbane, established in 1859, was led by a mayor.[8][9][10]

Mayor Term
John Petrie 1859–1862
Thomas Blacket Stephens[11] 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.[12]

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)[13] 1925

Lord Mayors of the Brisbane City Council[edit]

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


No. Portrait Mayor
Party Term start Term end Council control
1 William Alfred Jolly United 1925 1931
2 Archibald Watson Nationalist Civic 1931 1931
3 John William Greene Progress 1931 1934
4 Alfred James Jones Labor 1934 1940
5 John Beals Chandler Citizens' Municipal Organisation 1940 1952
6 Frank Roberts Labor 1952 1955
7 Reg Groom Citizens' Municipal Organisation 1952 1961
8 Clem Jones Labor 1961 1975
9 Bryan Walsh Labor 1975 1976
10 Frank Sleeman Labor 1976 1982
11 Roy Harvey Labor 1982 1985
12 Sallyanne Atkinson Liberal 1985 1991
13 Jim Soorley Labor 1991 2003
14 Tim Quinn Labor 2003 27 March 2004
15 Campbell Newman Liberal 27 March 2004 15 March 2008 Labor majority
15 March 2008 26 July 2008 Liberal majority
(15) Liberal National 26 July 2008 3 April 2011 LNP majority
16 Graham Quirk Liberal National 3 April 2011 8 April 2019
17 Adrian Schrinner Liberal National 8 April 2019 incumbent

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.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ O'Malley, Brendan (31 May 2022). "Wages revealed: Councillors, Lord Mayor get pay rise". The Courier-Mail.
  2. ^ a b Yamashita, Kate (12 March 2014). "Lord Mayor Graham Quirk". www.brisbane.qld.gov.au. Archived from the original on 18 April 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  3. ^ Sweeting, David (15 March 2017). Directly Elected Mayors in Urban Governance: Impact and Practice. Policy Press. ISBN 9781447327011. Archived from the original on 5 February 2023. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  4. ^ a b Sansom, Graham (September 2012). "Australian Mayors: What Can and Should They Do?" (PDF). University of Technology, Sydney. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 April 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  5. ^ Sansom, Graham; McKinlay, Peter (30 September 2013). New Century Local Government: Commonwealth Perspectives. Commonwealth Secretariat. ISBN 9781849290937. Archived from the original on 5 February 2023. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  6. ^ "City of Brisbane Act 2010" (PDF). Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Council. 1 March 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 18 April 2017. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Why does Brisbane have a 'lord' mayor?". ABC News. 6 November 2023. Retrieved 7 November 2023.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ Brisbane City Council Archives
  10. ^ The Mayors of Brisbane, The Queenslander, Saturday 6 February 1892, page 278
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ "Agency Details – Brisbane City Council I". 2009. Archived from the original on 10 October 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009.
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ Shaping A City – Making Greater Brisbane Work (1925–1985), John Cole (1985), Published by William Brooks Queensland
  15. ^ John Cole (1985). Shaping A City – Making Greater Brisbane Work (1925–1985). William Brooks Queensland. pp. 49–52, 73–78.
  16. ^ John Cole (1985). Shaping A City – Making Greater Brisbane Work (1925–1985). William Brooks Queensland. p. 74.
  17. ^ John Cole (1985). Shaping A City – Making Greater Brisbane Work (1925–1985). William Brooks Queensland. pp. 98, 107–108.

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