Shire of Stephens

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Shire of Stephens
Queensland
Population 12,403 (1923 est.)[1]
 • Density 539/km2 (1,397/sq mi)
Established 1886
Area 23 km2 (8.9 sq mi)
Council seat Annerley
Region Brisbane
Map of Stephens Division and adjacent local government areas, March 1902

The Shire of Stephens was a local government area in the inner southern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland. The shire, administered from Annerley, covered an area of 9 square miles (23 km2), and existed as a local government entity from 1886 until 1925, when it was amalgamated into the City of Brisbane under the City of Brisbane Act 1924.

History[edit]

Stephens Shire Council Office, 1906
Former Stephens Shire offices, now a residence at 15 Ealing Street, Annerley, 2014

On 11 November 1879, the Yeerongpilly Division was created as one of 74 divisions within Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879.[2] On 14 October 1886, following a successful petition from ratepayers to create a new division, Stephens Division was severed from subdivision No. 1 of Yeerongpilly Division.[3][4][5] It had a board of six members (3 being elected by each of 2 subdivisions); the first board elections were held in February 1887.[6]

With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Stephens Division became the Shire of Stephens on 31 March 1903.[5][7]

A major project undertaken by the shire was the creation of the Yeronga Memorial Park.The land (bounded by Ipswich Road, Villa Stree, Park Road & School Road) was originally set aside in 1882 as a recreational reserve. Between 1917 and 1921 the shire redeveloped the park as a memorial to local participation in World War I, 14% of the population having enlisted for military service.[8] The park is listed on both the Queensland Heritage Register and the Brisbane Heritage Register.[9][10]

The offices for the shire were located on Ipswich Road, between Victoria Terrace and Junction Terrace.[8] In 1923, it was planned to develop a new council chambers, offices and a School of Arts, but this was delayed given the proposal to create Greater Brisbane which would have resulted in the abolition of Stephens Shire.[11]

On 1 October 1925, the Shire of Stephens was abolished and its area became part of the new City of Brisbane.[7]

The shire offices and associated land were sold in 1929.[12] The building was relocated to the rear of the block and turned to face the street behind (its street address is now 15 Ealing Street) and was altered for use as a residence. It is listed on the Brisbane Heritage Register.[13]

Chairmen and presidents[edit]

  • 1903: P. Marshall[14]
  • 1905, and another year between 1904 and 1907: Alexander McNab[15][16]
  • 1908: Mr McCosker[17]
  • 1925: F. A. Stimson[18]
  • George Grimes[19]

Population[edit]

The population of Stephen Shire was:[20]

Population-of-Shire-of-Stephens
Year Population
1887 2,310
1888 2,310
1889 2,310
1890 2,310
1891 3,782
1892 4,000
1893 4,000
1894 4,000
1895 4,000
1896 4,000
1897 4,620
1898 4,600
1899 4,630
1900 4,600
1901 4,513
1902 4,600
1903 4,700
1904 4,700
1905 4,650
1906 4,650
1907 4,670
1908 4,720
1909 4,870
1910 5,200
1911 5,415
1912 6,500
1913 7,518
1914 9,982
1915 10,774
1916 11,297
1917 11,625
1918 11,636
1919 11,700
1920 11,506
1921 11,600
1922 11,704
1923 12,403
1924 13,257

Localities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (1924). Statistics of Queensland, 1923. p. 9F.  Accessed at University of Melbourne, [[Parkville, Victoria|]].
  2. ^ "Proclamation [Yeerongpilly Division constituted]". Queensland Government Gazette. 11 November 1879. p. 25:989. 
  3. ^ "Proclamation [Stephens Division constituted]". Queensland Government Gazette. 16 October 1886. p. 39:1460. 
  4. ^ "Proclamation [Yeerongpilly Division amended]". Queensland Government Gazette. 16 October 1886. p. 39:1461. 
  5. ^ a b "Agency ID1853, Stephens Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Municipal and Divisional Board Elections.". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld.: 1866–1939) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 12 February 1887. p. 261. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Agency ID2483, Stephens Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Stephens Shire". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Yeronga Memorial Park (entry 19584)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  10. ^ "Yeronga Memorial Park". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "The Week at a Glance.". The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld.: 1866–1939) (Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia). 7 July 1923. p. 29. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "STEPHENS SHIRE OFFICE TO BE SOLD.". The Brisbane Courier (Qld.: 1864–1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 1 June 1929. p. 14. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Stephens Shire Divisional Board Office". Brisbane Heritage Register. Brisbane City Council. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Proposed Flood-gates for Norman Creek". The Brisbane Courier (Qld.: 1864–1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 27 July 1903. p. 4. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  15. ^ "Death of Mr. A. M'Nab". The Brisbane Courier (Qld.: 1864–1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 5 May 1930. p. 13. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  16. ^ "Hamilton Town Council". The Brisbane Courier (Qld.: 1864–1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 7 February 1905. p. 2. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Wattlebrae Hospital". The Brisbane Courier (Qld.: 1864–1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 8 October 1908. p. 2. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  18. ^ "Mayors and Chairmen of Councils Who Were Entertained Yesterday by Alderman Jolly". The Brisbane Courier (Qld.: 1864–1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 1 October 1925. p. 9. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  19. ^ "Death of Mr. George Grimes". The Brisbane Courier (Qld.: 1864–1933) (Qld.: National Library of Australia). 29 January 1910. p. 5. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  20. ^ "Population by local government area, Queensland, 1859 to 2007" (CSV). Historical Tables, Demography, 1823 to 2008 (Q150 release). Queensland Government. Retrieved 5 October 2013. 

External links[edit]

  • "Stephens Shire". Queensland Places. Centre for the Government of Queensland, University of Queensland. 

Coordinates: 27°30′41.5″S 153°01′53.7″E / 27.511528°S 153.031583°E / -27.511528; 153.031583