Brisbane's Lord Mayors

Brisbane's first Lord Mayor was William Jolly in 1925. Find out about Brisbane's former Lord Mayors.

Lord Mayor

Term as Lord Mayor

William Alfred Jolly 1925 - 1931
Archibald Watson 1931 - 1931
John William Greene 1931 - 1934
Alfred James Jones 1934 - 1940
John Beals Chandler 1940 - 1952
Frank Edwards Roberts 1952 - 1955
Sir Thomas Reginald Groom 1955 - 1961
Clem Jones 1961 - 1975
Bryan Vincent Walsh 1975 - 1976
Frank Northey Sleeman 1976 - 1982
William Charles Roy Harvey 1982 - 1985
Sallyanne Atkinson 1985 - 1991
James Gerard (Jim) Soorley 1991 - 2003
Kieran Owen Timothy (Tim) Quinn 2003 - 2004
Campbell Newman 2004 - 2011
Graham Quirk 2011 - current

William Alfred Jolly

""Lord Mayor: 1925 - 1931 (resigned 23/2/1931)

William's background was in accountancy. He was director of the Queensland National Bank, which later became the National Bank of Australia.

He was instrumental in developing high-grade arterial road systems, drainage expansion, purchasing extensive parklands, construction of the Grey Street Bridge, determination of the university site and the success of the Greater Brisbane Scheme.

Archibald Watson

Lord Mayor: 24 February 1931 to 11 May 1931""

  • Alderman (Toowong Ward): 1925 - 1931 (first meeting 18/3/1925)
  • Vice-Mayor: July 1926 - 1928, 1928 - 1931
  • Lord Mayor: 24/2/1931 to 11/5/1931
  • served on the Finance, Tenders and Stores Committee: 1925, 1926, 1927, 1928 - 1930
  • chairman of Parks, Recreation, Town Planning and Housing Committee: 1925
  • General Purposes Committee: 1925
  • Parks and Recreations Committee: 1926 (chairman), 1927 (chairman)
  • Transit Committee: 1926 (chairman), 1927 (chairman)
  • Licensing, Markets and Miscellaneous Committee: 1926, 1927
  • Resumptions Committee: 1926, 1927
  • chairman of the Transit, Electric Light and Power House Committee: 1928 - 1931
  • Water Supply and Sewerage Committee: 1929, 1931

John William Greene

""Lord Mayor: 1931 - 1934

John William Greene served on the following:

  • Alderman of the Wynnum Town Council: 1921 - 1924, 1924 - 1925
  • Finance Committee: 1924, 1925
  • Works Committee: 1924, 1925
  • Health Committee: 1924, 1925
  • Legislative Committee: 1924, 1925
  • Alderman (Wynnum Ward): 1931 - 1934
  • Executive Committee: 1931 - 1934 (finance)

Alfred James Jones

Lord Mayor: 1934 - 1940

""Jones was a teacher, selector, drover, coach driver, storekeeper and goldminer before turning to politics.

  • Legislative Assembly seat of Burnett for the Labor Party in 1904
  • he won Maryborough in 1915, resigned the seat in 1917
  • in 1917 he became leader of the government in the Legislative Council and was appointed as secretary for mines
  • reappointed to Council in 1920 after unsuccessfully contesting Carnarvon
  • won Paddington in 1922 and held it until Labor was defeated in 1929

John Beals Chandler

""Lord Mayor: 1940 - 1952

  • Establishment and Co-ordination Committee: 1940 - 1952 (Chair)
  • Finance Committee: 1940 - 1952 (Chair)
  • chairman, Taringa Shire Council: 1925
  • Member of the Electrical Federation (Queensland) 1925 - 1926

 

Frank Edwards Roberts

""Lord Mayor: 1952 - 1955

He was chairman of the Establishment and Co-Ordination Committee from 1952 to 1955 and chairman of the Finance Committee from 1952 to 1955.

 

 

Sir Thomas Reginald Groom

Lord Mayor: 1955 - 1961""

  • Alderman (Ithaca Ward), Brisbane City Council: 1943 - 1946 (retired 17/5/1946)
  • Sherwood Ward: 1952 - 1955
  • Transit and Electricity Committee: 1943 - 1946
  • Finance Committee: 1952 - 1961 (chairman from 1955)
  • Establishment and Co-Ordination Committee chairman: 1955 - 1961

 

Clem Jones

""Lord Mayor: 1961 - 1975

Clem Jones was Lord Mayor during a period that saw Brisbane grow from a sleepy country town to a vibrant subtropical city. During his tenure as Lord Mayor, he was also curator of the 'Gabba cricket ground.

His services to the community have been recognised by:

  • the Order of Australia in 1976
  • honorary doctorates from the University of Queensland
  • Queenslander of the Year in 1990
  • Keys to the City of Brisbane in 1998
  • James D. Richardson Honour Award from The Australia Lions Foundation for his service to the city's youth
  • his contribution to sport was recognised with Associate Membership to the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame ""

Bryan Vincent Walsh

Lord Mayor: 1975 - 1976

Formerly a schoolteacher, he joined Ashgrove Branch of the Australian Labor Party in 1949.

Frank Northey Sleeman

Lord Mayor: 1976 - 1982

  • ""Alderman (Nudgee Ward), Brisbane City Council: 1961 - 1964, 1964 - 1967, 1967 - 1970, 1970 - 1973
  • Banyo Ward: 1973 - 1976
  • Served on the Works Committee: 1961 - 1964
  • Finance Committee: 1964 - 1976
  • Establishment and Co-Ordination Committee: 1976 - 1982

 

William Charles Roy Harvey

Lord Mayor: 1982 - 1985

  • ""Alderman, (Kedron Ward), Brisbane City Council: 1952 - 1955, 1955 - 1958, 1958 - 1961, 1961 - 1964, 1964 - 1967, 1967 - 1970, 1970 - 1973
  • Mitchelton Ward: 1979 - 1982
  • Vice Mayor: 1979 - 1982
  • Served on the Finance Committee: 1953 - 1955, 1979 - 1982 (chairman)
  • Health Committee: 1955 - 1957
  • Works Committee: 1957 - 1961
  • Establishment and Co-Ordination Committee: 1961 - 1973, 1979 -1982, 1982 - 1985 (chairman)
  • Transit and Electricity Committee: 1961 - 1973 (chairman)

Sallyanne Atkinson

Lord Mayor: 1985 - 1991""

Sallyanne Atkinson was a former Australian Senior Trade Commissioner to Paris, and former chairman of Queensland Tourism.

With a billion-dollar Budget and a workforce of 7000, she was responsible for major structural and fiscal reforms in Council and a change of image and attitude for the city.

James Gerard (Jim) Soorley

Lord Mayor: 1991- 2003""

Jim Soorley was a former Catholic priest with a background in management and community involvement. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Sydney's Macquarie University and a Master of Arts in Organisational Development from Loyola University in Chicago, USA.

His achievements involve transforming Council into an efficient customer service oriented organisation.

Kieran Owen Timothy (Tim) Quinn

Lord Mayor: 2003 - 2004""

Tim Quinn was Deputy Mayor of Brisbane since 1997 and chairperson of Brisbane City Council’s Urban Planning Committee from 1991.

Tim’s goal was to deliver a prosperous, clean and green city of opportunity for Brisbane residents. His priorities included the Green Bridge Link and the North-South Bypass Tunnel.

Campbell Newman

""Lord Mayor: 2004 - 2011

A civil engineer by profession, Campbell Newman had a 13 year career as an Australian Army engineer before retiring at the end of 1993.

He then worked as a management consultant for a number of large Australian companies and prior to entering council, he operated his own consulting firm.

Campbell was elected as Lord Mayor on 27 March 2004.

His achievements include increasing the number of buses and ferries, improving suburban roads and building and completing two new bridges across the Brisbane River and the Clem 7 (North-South Bypass) Tunnel. He also opened three new swimming pools, a library and started planting trees for the 2 Million Tree Project.