Municipality of Townsville - History in Pictures
By JOL Admin | 5 February 2016
On February 15, 1866, Townsville was declared a municipality by Queensland Governor Sir George Ferguson Bowen, with a proclamation published in the Queensland Government Gazette on March 10, 1866.
Hand coloured woodcut of Townsville, North Queensland. ca. 1870. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image 7807-0001-0003
In November the previous year, 195 householders and landholders of Townsville petitioned the Queensland Government, requesting Townsville to be made a municipality - "The Petitioners state that the increasing importance of this town, in point of commerce and trade, renders them anxious to secure the benefits of Municipal Government, and they therefore pray that Townsville may be declared a Municipality". Several prominent Townsville residents signed the petition including Spencer Frederick Walker, businessman and later mayor of Townsville and Mark Watt Reid, local station manager.
Petition from Townsville resident requesting Townsville be made a municipality. Published in the Queensland Government Gazette, November 11, 1865
State Library of Queensland holds a myriad of materials (photographs, books, diaries, personal papers and more) related to the history and development of Townsville. Some of these collections have been digitised and can be viewed online through our One Search catalogue.
Below is a sample of digitised photographs from our collection related to Townsville -
View from Queens Hotel looking up the hill Townsville ca. 1881. Bank of New South Wales building is in the centre foreground and two large buildings are pictured centre left. There are several homes scattered up the hill and an unsealed road forms the street. John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland. Image APO-022-0001-0045
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