Shire of McKinlay

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Shire of McKinlay
Mckinlay LGA Qld.png
Location within Queensland
Population 944 (2010)[1]
 • Density 0.023092/km2 (0.05981/sq mi)
Established 1891
Area 40,880.3 km2 (15,784.0 sq mi)
Mayor Belinda Murphy
Council seat Julia Creek
Region North West Queensland
State electorate(s) Mount Isa
Federal Division(s) Kennedy
McKinlay Shire Council Logo.jpg
Website Shire of McKinlay
LGAs around Shire of McKinlay:
Carpentaria Carpentaria Croydon
Cloncurry Shire of McKinlay Richmond
Cloncurry Winton Winton

The Shire of McKinlay is a local government area in north-western Queensland, Australia.

It covers an area of 40,880.3 square kilometres (15,784.0 sq mi), and has existed as a local government entity since 1891. The shire economy is based on beef production and mining. BHP Billiton operate the Cannington mine in the shire, extracting silver, lead and zinc.


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

The Mackinlay Division was created on 9 December 1891 out of parts of Boulia and Cloncurry under the Divisional Boards Act 1887.

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Mackinlay Division became the Shire of Mackinlay on 31 March 1903.

In 1932, the spelling of the shire's name was altered to be Shire of McKinlay, as the shire was named after the explorer John McKinlay.[2]

On 24 July 1930, it was abolished and a new Shire of McKinlay was formed from parts of the Shires of Cloncurry, Mckinlay, Winton and Wyangarie (Richmond).

Towns and localities[edit]

The Shire of McKinlay includes the following settlements:


  • 1927: W. M. Allison


Year Population
1933 1,899
1947 1,633
1954 1,647
1961 2,132
1966 1,701
1971 1,582
1976 1,468
1981 1,477
1986 1,446
1991 1,306
1996 1,423
2001 1,358
2006 1,351


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 March 2011). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Retrieved 11 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "McKinlay Shire". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 18 September 2013. 

Coordinates: 20°39′24″S 141°44′44″E / 20.65667°S 141.74556°E / -20.65667; 141.74556