Town of Coolangatta

Aldermen of the Coolangatta Town Council in 1933

The Town of Coolangatta was a local government area in South East Queensland, Australia, centred on Coolangatta. It existed from 1914 to 1949.


On 11 November 1879, the Nerang Division was created as one of 74 divisions within Queensland under the Divisional Boards Act 1879.[1] With the passage of the Local Authorities Act 1902, Nerang Division became the Shire of Nerang on 31 March 1903.[2]

On 12 June 1914, subdivision 3 of Shire of Nerang was separated to create the Town of Coolangatta.[3][4]

Amalgamations in 1948Edit

On 9 December 1948, as part of a major reorganisation of local government in South East Queensland, an Order in Council replacing ten former local government areas between the City of Brisbane and the New South Wales border with only four.[5][6] The former ten were:

The four resulting local government areas were:

  • Town of South Coast, an amalgamation of the Towns of Coolangatta and Southport with the Burleigh Heads part of Nerang (which later became City of Gold Coast)
  • the new Shire of Albert: a merger of Beenleigh, Coomera, Nerang (except for the Burleigh Heads area), the southern part of Tingalpa and the eastern part of Waterford[7]
  • an enlarged Shire of Beaudesert, an amalgamation of Beaudesert and Tamborine with the western part of Waterford
  • the new Redland Shire, an amalgamation of Cleveland and the northern part of Tingalpa (which later became Redland City)

The Order came into effect on 10 June 1949, when the first elections were held.


Mayor Term
John Lanham 1914–1915
John Gardiner 1916
George L. Gordon 1917
Ralph G. Johnston 1918–1921
John Gardiner 1921–1924
John Thomas Matters[8] 1924–1927
R. C. Graham 1927–1933
S. W. (Bill) Winders 1933–1946
Len Peak 1946–1948


  1. ^ "Agency ID1447, Nerang Divisional Board". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  2. ^ "Agency ID1448, Nerang Shire Council II". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  3. ^ "Agency ID10376, Coolangatta Town Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  4. ^ "NEW TOWN OF COOLANGATTA". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 13 June 1914. p. 5. Retrieved 7 September 2013.
  5. ^ "New coast names". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane: National Library of Australia. 10 December 1948. p. 3. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  6. ^ "DETAILS OF SOUTH COAST SHIRES". Queensland Times (DAILY ed.). Ipswich, Queensland: National Library of Australia. 10 December 1948. p. 1. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Agency ID290, Albert Shire Council". Queensland State Archives. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
  8. ^ Pugh, Theophilus Parsons (1927). Pugh's Almanac for 1927. Retrieved 13 June 2014.

External linksEdit

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

Coordinates: 28°10′11″S 153°32′02″E / 28.1698°S 153.534°E / -28.1698; 153.534