Shire of Pioneer

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Shire of Pioneer
Queensland
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Location within Queensland
Population 40,614 (1991 census)[1]
 • Density 14.4016/km2 (37.3000/sq mi)
Established 1879
Abolished 1994
Area 2,820.1 km2 (1,088.8 sq mi)
Council seat Mackay
Region North Queensland
LGAs around Shire of Pioneer:
Bowen Whitsunday Pacific Ocean
Mirani Shire of Pioneer City of Mackay
Nebo Sarina Pacific Ocean

The Shire of Pioneer was a local government area surrounding the city of Mackay and including all but its innermost suburbs. The shire, administered from Mackay itself, covered an area of 2,820.1 square kilometres (1,088.8 sq mi), and existed as a local government entity from 1879 until 1994, when it was dissolved and amalgamated with City of Mackay.

History[edit]

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

The Borough of Mackay was proclaimed on 22 September 1869 under the Municipal Institutions Act 1864. Pioneer Division was one of the 74 divisional boards established on 11 November 1879 under the Divisional Boards Act 1879 with a population of 2884 and covered the region surrounding but not including the Borough of Mackay.[2][3]

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Pioneer Division became the Shire of Pioneer on 31 March 1903.[3][4] The Pioneer Shire Council Chambers at 1 Wood Street, Mackay, were constructed in 1935 and are now listed on the Queensland Heritage Register.[5][6]

The Shire of Sarina was established from the southern part of the Shire of Pioneer on 1 January 1912 under the Local Authorities Act 1902.

The Shire of Mirani was established from part of the Shire of Pioneer on 4 September 1913 under the Local Authorities Act 1902.

On 21 November 1991, the Electoral and Administrative Review Commission, created two years earlier, produced its second report, and recommended that local government boundaries in the Mackay area be rationalised. The Local Government (Mackay and Pioneer) Regulation 1993 was gazetted on 17 December 1993, and on 30 March 1994, the Shire ceased to exist and was amalgamated with City of Mackay.[4][7] Gordon White, who had served as chairman of Pioneer since 1983, won the resulting mayoral elections and was then mayor of the City of Mackay until 1994.[6]

Towns and localities[edit]

Chairmen[edit]

  • 1885-1890:Walter Paget[8]
  • 1901: Walter Paget
  • 1927: William Henry Kirkup [9]
  • 1934-1947: Ernie Evans[10]
  • 1955-1957: Ernie Evans[10]
  • 1983-1994: Gordon White, who continued as mayor of City of Mackay after the amgalmation until 1999.[6]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1933 9,926
1947 11,606
1954 14,316
1961 15,741
1966 19,900
1971 22,561
1976 26,938
1981 33,732
1986 36,084
1991 40,614

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (1993). 2730.3 Census counts for small areas : Queensland. ISBN 0-642-17236-6. 
  2. ^ "Proclamation [Pioneer Division]". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 November 1879. p. 25:1006. 
  3. ^ a b "Agency ID1485, Pioneer Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Agency ID1486, Pioneer Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Pioneer Shire Council Building (former) (entry 602603)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 4 May 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c "Pioneer Shire Council Building (former) (entry 602603)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Agency ID6066, Mackay City Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  8. ^ Walter Trueman PAGETMackay History. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  9. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  10. ^ a b Evans, Ernest (Ernie)Queensland Parliament. Retrieved 29 May 2016.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 21°08′37.55″S 149°11′04.9″E / 21.1437639°S 149.184694°E / -21.1437639; 149.184694