Town of Hamilton

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Hamilton Town Hall, viewed from Rossiter Parade, Hamilton, in 2011

The Town of Hamilton is a former local government area of Queensland, Australia, located in north-eastern Brisbane.


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

The Divisional Boards Act 1879 established Divisional Boards as a form of local government for area outside the boundaries of recognised municipalities. The Kedron Division was one of those initially established on 11 November 1879,[1] but on 3 November 1883 the Toombul Division was separated from the Kedron Division.[2] Following agitation by Toombul board member Andrew Lang Petrie, the Hamilton Division was then separated from the Toombul Division on 2 October 1890 and Petrie become its first chairman.[3][4][5]

In 1902, the Local Authorities Act 1902 replaced all divisions with towns and shires, creating the Shire of Hamilton on 31 March 1903.[3][6]

In 1904, it was proclaimed the Town of Hamilton.[6][7]

In 1925, it was amalgamated into the City of Brisbane.[7]

Hamilton Town Hall[edit]

The Hamilton Town Hall was built in 1920 and is located at the north-west corner of the intersection of Racecourse Road and Rossiter Street, Hamilton. After the amalgamation into the City of Brisbane, the Hamilton Town Hall was used as a School of Arts. In World War II it was used by the Australian Army. After the war, the Hamilton branch of the Brisbane City Council library was located in the building, a role which continues to the present day. There are also meeting rooms available for use by community groups.[8][9]

The town hall was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 2005.[10]

Chairmen and mayors[edit]

Sketch of Andrew Lang Petrie

The list of chairmen (to 1902) and mayors (1903-1925) include:


  1. ^ "Agency ID246, Kedron Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Agency ID1895, Toombul Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Agency ID9637, Hamilton Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Current News". The Queenslander(1866–1939). Brisbane, Queensland: National Library of Australia. 11 October 1890. p. 714. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Our Legislators". The Queenslander. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 16 September 1893. p. 552. Retrieved 24 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Agency ID10780, Hamilton Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  7. ^ a b "Agency ID2200, Hamilton Town Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Hamilton Town Hall". Your Brisbane: Past and Present (Blogger: the foto fanatic). Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Hamilton Town Hall". Brisbane City Council. Archived from the original on 2 August 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  10. ^ "Hamilton Town Hall (entry 602444)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Brisbane and Environs". The Telegraph (Brisbane, Qld. : 1872 - 1947). Brisbane, Qld.: National Library of Australia. 5 October 1925. p. 9 Edition: CITY EDITION. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  12. ^ Australian History Publishing Co (1936), Queensland and Queenslanders : incorporating 'Prominent Queenslanders', Australian History Publishing Co, retrieved 1 October 2015 — available online Archived 16 February 2017 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "MAYORS AND CHAIRMEN OF COUNCILS WHO WERE ENTERTAINED YESTERDAY BY ALDERMAN JOLLY". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 1 October 1925. p. 9. Retrieved 26 December 2013.

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Coordinates: 27°26′15″S 153°03′52″E / 27.437603°S 153.064546°E / -27.437603; 153.064546