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A look back in time to 1896

The year is 1896 and Sir Hugh Nelson is the 11th Premier of Queensland. In the same year the Local Authorities Association (now LGAQ) is officially established.

Gayndah is the oldest gazetted town in Queensland

Gayndah is the oldest gazetted town in Queensland (1849) and was once considered as a possible capital for the state.

Oldest public swimming baths in the southern hemisphere

Spring Hill Baths, built is 1886, are the oldest public swimming baths in the southern hemisphere.

Cook Shire Council is Queensland's biggest.

It covers an area of 106,188.4 square kilometres (40,999.6 sq mi).

First Freezing works in Queensland

In 1891 the first freezing works was established on the Ross River, Townsville.

First ever Communist Party member elected to council was Frederick Paterson in 1939

In 1939, Paterson stood successfully as an alderman for the Townsville City Council, becoming the first member of the Communist Party to win such an office in Australia.

Nellie E Robinson was the first women elected as a Mayor: Toowoomba 1967-81

Miss Robinson was elected as an Alderman to the Toowoomba Council in 1961 and was elected Queensland's first female mayor in 1967.

Cairns First Mayor was the grandfather of Charles Kingsford Smith

Richard Ash Kingsford, the first mayor of Cairns, was the grandfather of Charles Kingsford Smith

First hydroelectric street lights in Queensland!

Where were the nation's first hydroelectric street lights installed in 1898?

Babinda Library racks up 60 years

Babina celebrates with a history and memorabilia display
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