Brisbane's Lord Mayors
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 - 2019|
|Adrian Schrinner||2019 - current|
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
- 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 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)
Lord Mayor: 1934 - 1940
- 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
- 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
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
- 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 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
Lord Mayor: 1975 - 1976
Formerly a schoolteacher, he joined Ashgrove Branch of the Australian Labor Party in 1949.
Lord Mayor: 1976 - 1982
- Banyo Ward: 1973 - 1976
- Served on the Works Committee: 1961 - 1964
- Finance Committee: 1964 - 1976
- Establishment and Co-Ordination Committee: 1976 - 1982
Lord Mayor: 1982 - 1985
- 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)
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.
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.
Graham Quirk entered Brisbane City Council when elected as Alderman for Rochedale Ward in 1985 at the age of 27.
He was elected as Lord Mayor on 7 April 2011, following the resignation of Campbell Newman.
Graham's goal was to make Brisbane a smart-thinking, easy-living, world-class New World City. His top priorities as Lord Mayor included tackling traffic congestion, improving public transport, enhancing our environment and continuing with the city's flood recovery process.