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Shire of Stephens

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Population  12,403 (1923 est.)
Area  23 kmĀ²
Council seat  Annerley
Established  1886
Founded  1886
Region  Brisbane
Shire of Stephens

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.



On 11 November 1879, the Yeerongpilly Division was created as one of 74 divisions within Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879. 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. It had a board of six members (3 being elected by each of 2 subdivisions); the first board elections were held in February 1887.

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

A major project undertaken by the shire was the creation of the Yeronga Memorial Park. The land (bounded by Ipswich Road, Villa Street, 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. The park is listed on both the Queensland Heritage Register and the Brisbane Heritage Register.

The offices for the shire were located on Ipswich Road, between Victoria Terrace and Junction Terrace. 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.

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

The shire offices and associated land were sold in 1929. 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.

Chairmen and presidents

  • 1903: P. Marshall
  • 1905, and another year between 1904 and 1907: Alexander McNab
  • 1906: H. W. Luya
  • 1908: Mr McCosker
  • 1925: F. A. Stimson
  • George Grimes
  • Population

    The population of Stephen Shire was:


  • Annerley
  • Fairfield
  • Greenslopes (split with Shire of Coorparoo)
  • Holland Park West
  • Moorooka
  • Tarragindi (split with Shire of Yeerongpilly)
  • Yeerongpilly (split with Shire of Yeerongpilly)
  • Yeronga
  • References

    Shire of Stephens Wikipedia

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