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LGAQ history in pictures

There is much history locked away in the resources held in the LGAQ Library and our Librarian - Lesley Dimmock - has embarked on a project to make the information more accessible.

LGAQ history in pictures - an ever-developing collection of past (and present) Presidents, notable Executive Committee members, artefacts and buildings that illustrate one hundred and eighteen years of the LGAQ.


Research for this project has unearthed many colourful and eminent people who made valuable contributions to the Association. Most people are aware of the Association's longest-serving President, Harold Garfield ‘Paddy' Behan, who held the position for 21 of the 29 years he was a member of the Executive Committee.

Less well-known is the fact that William Hubbard Kidd, Chairman of Widgee Shire Council, holds the distinction of being the longest-serving Executive Committee member – from 1930-1964.

Then there was ‘the father of local government in Queensland,' Sir Charles Campbell. Having been a councillor of Jondaryan Shire Council since its inception in 1879 and Chairman from 1896 to 1919, Campbell also served on the Executive Committee from 1909 to 1917.

The past threads its way into the present as it was discovered that early Executive Committee member, Alfred Tully Stephenson (1912-16, 1918-19, 1921, 1923-38) was the great-uncle of present Ipswich councillor, Paul Tully.

Many Executive Committee members also served as Members of Parliament, either concurrently, or subsequent to their local government careers, and thus had significant influence over the course of Queensland's political history. Their histories continue to be collected, and include such personages as Arthur Edward Moore, Walter Henry Barnes, WBJG Sparkes and Russell Hinze, to name a few.

There is much that can be learned about the Association, and its work over the past 118 years; the issues that have shaped and influenced the development of local government, and the Association; and the people that have contributed so much to the local government sphere that can be revealed through the materials and resources held in the Association's Library. It is hoped that this project will throw some light onto that history.