Shire of Avoca

Shire of Avoca

Location in Victoria
Population 2,320 (1992)[1]
 • Density 2.064/km2 (5.346/sq mi)
Established 1861
Area 1,124 km2 (434.0 sq mi)
Council seat Avoca
County Gladstone, Kara Kara
LGAs around Shire of Avoca:
Kara Kara Kara Kara Bet Bet
Stawell Shire of Avoca Tullaroop
Ararat Lexton Talbot and Clunes

The Shire of Avoca was a local government area about 180 kilometres (112 mi) northwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 1,124 square kilometres (434.0 sq mi), and existed from 1861 until 1994.


Avoca was first incorporated as a road district on 6 December 1861, and became a shire on 28 December 1864. In January 1941, it lost parts of its area to the Shire of Lexton.[2]

On 23 September 1994, the Shire of Avoca was abolished, and, along with the Shires of Lexton and Ripon, was merged into the newly created Shire of Pyrenees. The district surrounding Navarre was transferred to the Shire of Northern Grampians.[3]


The Shire of Avoca was divided into three ridings, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 2,381
1958 2,460*
1961 2,153
1966 2,134
1971 1,962
1976 2,022
1981 2,094
1986 2,144
1991 2,190

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. pp. 49–52. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 571–572. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. p. 10,11. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
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