Brisbane's first Lord Mayor was William Jolly in 1925. Find out about Brisbane's former Lord Mayors.
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|
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.
Lord Mayor: 24 February 1931 to 11 May 1931
Lord Mayor: 1931 - 1934
John William Greene served on the following:
Lord Mayor: 1934 - 1940
Jones was a teacher, selector, drover, coach driver, storekeeper and goldminer before turning to politics.
Lord Mayor: 1940 - 1952
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.
Lord Mayor: 1955 - 1961
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:
Lord Mayor: 1975 - 1976
Formerly a schoolteacher, he joined Ashgrove Branch of the Australian Labor Party in 1949.
Lord Mayor: 1976 - 1982
Lord Mayor: 1982 - 1985
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.
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.
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.
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.