Shire of Moreton

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Shire of Moreton
Queensland
Established1917
Council seatChurchill
RegionSouth East Queensland

The Shire of Moreton was a local government area in South East Queensland, Australia, located about 50 kilometres (31 mi) southwest of Queensland's capital, Brisbane. It represented an area surrounding but not including Ipswich, and existed from 1917 until 1995, when it merged into the City of Ipswich, City of Brisbane, and Shire of Esk.

History[edit]

In 1879, the Divisional Boards Act was passed, allowing boards to be created to provide amenities and charge rates, but with limited independence. In a proclamation on 11 November 1879, a number of Divisions were proclaimed in the Ipswich area—Brassall, Bundanba, Mutdapilly, Purga and Walloon.[1] On 25 October 1890, Normanby Division and Rosewood Division followed. The Local Authorities Act 1902 abolished the divisional boards, replacing them with shire or town councils with the same powers plus the jurisdiction to create by-laws.

On 31 March 1903, its provisions took effect, replacing the above divisions with the Shires of Brassall, Bundanba, Mutdapilly, Normanby, Purga, Rosewood and Walloon. On 4 July 1905, Shire of Mutdapilly merged into the Shire of Rosewood.

The Greater Ipswich Scheme of 1916[edit]

On 13 October 1916, a rationalisation of the local government areas in and around Ipswich was implemented. It involved the abolition of five shires:[2][3]

resulting in:

Establishment of the Shire of Moreton[edit]

The Shire of Ipswich was renamed Shire of Moreton on 28 July 1917.[7]

In 1926, the Shire of Moreton was enlarged to include parts of the City of Ipswich and the Shire of Waterford.[7]

Its boundaries were extended on 16 August 1930 to include part of the Shire of Waterford.[8]

Greater Ipswich Scheme of 1949[edit]

On 29 January 1949, a new Local Government Act was enacted to further amalgamate local government in the Ipswich area, abolishing the Shires of Normanby and Rosewood. The City of Ipswich was enlarged to include the more urban parts of the Shire of Moreton. The Shire of Moreton was then enlarged by the inclusion of the northern part of the Shire of Normanby and all the Shire of Rosewood. The southern part of the Shire of Normanby was transferred to an enlarged Shire of Boonah.[9][10]

Period of stability[edit]

Council meetings were held in Ipswich until 4 March 1961, when they moved to Churchill.

In 1988, the shire had a population of about 38,000 people and covered an area of 1813 square kilometres.[11]

Abolition[edit]

On 22 March 1995 the Shire merged into the City of Ipswich,[12] as part of an effort to reform local government and create "super-cities". This occurred in tandem with the Shire of Albert merging into the City of Gold Coast, and the Shire of Mulgrave merging into the City of Cairns.[13] Its final chairman, John Nugent, won the mayorship of the combined City and continued to lead for another nine years.

Wards[edit]

Initially, the Shire of Moreton had six divisions each with two councillors, and the Shire of Rosewood had four divisions with three representing the first, and two representing each of the others.

After the 1949 amalgamation, Moreton was resubdivided into three divisions with a chairman and 10 council members:[14]

  • one being the remnants of Shire of Moreton after the losses to the City of Ipswich (3 council members)
  • one being the former Shire of Rosewood (4 council members)
  • one being the northern part of the former Shire of Normanby (3 council members)

By 1988, there were 4 divisions:[11]

Population[edit]

Year Population
1954 8,525
1961 8,506
1966 8,406
1971 8,735
1976 14,903
1986 37,266
1991 46,722

Chairmen[edit]

The chairmen of the shire were:[15]

Chairman Term
1988–1995 John Nugent
1979–1988 Neil Russell
1961–1979 Albert George Victor Hall
1958–1961 Henry Hayes
1955–1958 Archibald Wilfred Johnston
1952–1955 Richard Thomas Morgan
1949–1952 Archibald Wilfred Johnston
1930–1948 Richard Thomas Morgan
1921–1930 Henry Lewis Jones
1920–1921 John McGuire
1918–1919 Hugh Hallett
1917 Henry Lewis Jones

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Divisional Boards Act 1879 – Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 November 1979. p. 1879:990.
  2. ^ "Greater Ipswich Scheme". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 14 October 1916. p. 4. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Local Authorities Act 1902 – Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 13 October 1916. p. 1916:1093.
  4. ^ "Agency ID995, Ipswich Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  5. ^ "Agency ID992, Ipswich City Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  6. ^ "Agency ID11326, Lowood Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 12 September 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Agency ID1425, Moreton Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  8. ^ "SHIRE BOUNDARIES ALTERED". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 18 August 1930. p. 20. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Local Government Acts 1936–1948 – Order in Council". Queensland Government Gazette. 29 January 1949. p. 1949:343.
  10. ^ "GREATER IPSWICH AREA BY MAY". The Queensland Times (DAILY ed.). Ipswich, Queensland: National Library of Australia. 28 January 1949. p. 1. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  11. ^ a b Starr, Joan (1988), Moreton Shire Queensland : discovery and settlement, Southern Cross PR and Press Services, ISBN 978-0-9588021-0-9
  12. ^ "Local Government (Brisbane, Esk, Ipswich, Logan and Moreton) Regulation 1994" (PDF). 13 May 1997 [16 December 1994].
  13. ^ Queensland Times, 11 March 2005
  14. ^ "Plans for Moreton Council in Merger". The Queensland Times (DAILY ed.). Ipswich, Queensland: National Library of Australia. 5 February 1949. p. 2. Retrieved 13 September 2013.
  15. ^ "CHAIRMEN AND COUNCILLORS OF MORETON SHIRE COUNCIL 1917–1995". Ipswich City Council. Archived from the original on 11 April 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Starr, Joan (1988), Moreton Shire Queensland : discovery and settlement, Southern Cross PR and Press Services, ISBN 978-0-9588021-0-9

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 27°38′34″S 152°45′01.5″E / 27.64278°S 152.750417°E / -27.64278; 152.750417