Shire of Ilfracombe
|Shire of Ilfracombe
Location within Queensland
|Population||279 (2006 census)|
|• Density||0.04243/km2 (0.10989/sq mi)|
|Area||6,575.5 km2 (2,538.8 sq mi)|
The Shire of Ilfracombe was a local government area located in central western Queensland, between the towns of Longreach and Barcaldine. Administered from the town of Ilfracombe, it covered an area of 6,575.5 square kilometres (2,538.8 sq mi), and existed as a local government entity from 1902 until 2008, when it amalgamated with the Shires of Isisford and Longreach to form the Longreach Region.
The region formerly located within the shire contains many large cattle and sheep stations. By population, it was one of the smallest local government areas in Queensland.
The Aramac Division was created on 11 November 1879 as one of 74 divisions around Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. On 27 December 1902, part of the Aramac Division was excised to create the Ilfracombe Division under the Divisional Boards Act 1887.
With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Ilfracombe Division became the Shire of Ilfracombe on 31 March 1903.
On 15 March 2008, under the Local Government (Reform Implementation) Act 2007 passed by the Parliament of Queensland on 10 August 2007, the Shire of Ilfracombe merged with the Shires of Isisford and Longreach to form the Longreach Region.
Towns and localities
The Shire of Ilfracombe included the following settlement:
- Ilfracombe (pop. 170)
- 1927: A. Howatson 
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Ilfracombe (S) (Local Government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 September 2009.
- "WESTERN DIVISIONAL BOARDS". The Morning Bulletin. Rockhampton, Qld. 2 January 1903. p. 5. Retrieved 21 September 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
- "Agency ID960, Ilfracombe Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
- "Agency ID11053, Longreach Regional Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
- Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014.