About Council

In May 1830 Governor Stirling led a party of settlers on board the "Emily Taylor" to the mouth of the a river and inlet reported by sealers. Exploring the river, Stirling named it the Blackwood, after Vice Admiral Sir Henry Blackwood under whom he had served. Stirling also decided to declare a townsite at the mouth of the river, naming it Augusta in honour of Princess Augusta Sophia, 2nd daughter of King George IV and Queen Charlotte (1768-1840).

The townsite of Margaret River is located on the Margaret River from which it derives its name. The Margaret River itself was named in 1831 by John Garrett Bussell on one of his early exploration forays. The name is first shown on a map of the region published in 1839.

Margaret River was declared a townsite in 1910 and gazetted on February 7th, 1913. In 1910 the Margaret River Progress Association wrote to the Minister for Lands requesting a townsite be declared at "the Upper Margaret Bridge". The reason given was that "the district is likely to be dotted with public buildings several miles apart in the near future if a townsite is not made available shortly". The District Surveyor who inspected the area preferred an area near the lower bridge on Caves Road, but this land was not available. Lots were surveyed in 1912, and the Townsite of Margaret River gazetted in 1913. In 1918 the name of the townsite was changed to "Margaret", but it was changed back to Margaret River in 1927, due to local usage of the name always being Margaret River.

The first local government in Australia was established in Adelaide in 1840. In 1891, the Augusta Road Board was gazetted, and was renamed Augusta-Margaret River Road Board in 1926. On 1 July 1961, the Augusta-Margaret River Board became the Shire Council following changes to the Local Government Act.

Although local government has been in existence for more than 160 years, it is not yet recognised in the Australian Constitution.

Honor Roll

Chairman

Shire President

1916 – 1918 J Cross 1962 - 1968 CS Smith
1918 - 1921 N McLeod 1968 - 1973 RE Nixon
1921 - 1923 D Terry 1973 - 1976 RC Vansittart
1923 - 1952 E Willmott 1976 - 1979 CS Smith
1952 - 1957 B Darnell 1979 - 1987 AP Hillier
1957 - 1960 GJ Shervington 1987 - 1988 MJ Yates
1960 - 1962 CS Smith 1988 - 1990 DH Patmore
  1990 - 1991 K Thomson
  1991 - 1995 L Shepherdson
  1995 - 1997 R Knapp
  1997 - 1999 B Godley
  1999 - 2000 R Watt
  2000 - 2001 E Kelly (Commissioner)
  2001 - 2004 N Dornan
  2004 - 2005 J McCall
  2005 - 2009 S Harrison
  2009 - 2013 R Colyer
  2013 - 2015 M Smart
  2015 - current I Earl

Secretary / Shire Clerk

Chief Executive Officer

1909 E Dyer 1997 - 2001 MT Eastcott
1909 - 1930 J Trinder 2001 - 2004 IM Bodill
1931 - 1937 N Terry 2004 - 2008 J Trail
1937 F Rees 2008 - current G Evershed
1938 - 1940 A Allsop  
1941 - 1942 J Burston  
1942 G Cusack  
1942 A King  
1942 R Vincent  
1942 R Vincent  
1942 - 1944 H Hitch  
1944 - 1951 K Shepherdson  
1951 -1957 C Harland  
1958 - 1966 C West  
1967 - 1970 R Scott  
1971 - 1977 J Reidy-Crofts  
1977 - 1988 K Preston  
1988 - 1996 L Calneggia  
1996 RJ Smith  

 

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