Shire of Ballarat

Shire of Ballarat

Location in Victoria

Historic shire office at Learmonth
Population 19,530 (1992)[1]
 • Density 40.541/km2 (105.000/sq mi)
Established 1856
Area 481.74 km2 (186.0 sq mi)
Council seat Wendouree
County Ripon, Talbot, Grenville
LGAs around Shire of Ballarat:
Lexton Talbot and Clunes Creswick
Lexton Shire of Ballarat Bungaree
Ripon Grenville Ballaarat

The Shire of Ballarat was a local government area immediately to the northwest and west of the regional city of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 481.74 square kilometres (186.0 sq mi), and existed from 1856 until 1994.


Ballarat was first incorporated as a road district on 7 October 1856, and became a shire on 24 November 1863.[2]

On 6 May 1994, the Shire of Ballarat was abolished, and, along with the City of Ballaarat, the Borough of Sebastopol and parts of the Shires of Bungaree, Buninyong, Grenville and Ripon, was merged into the newly created City of Ballarat.[3]


The Shire of Ballarat was divided into four ridings on 11 November 1952, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 6,145
1958 7,970*
1961 10,102
1966 12,254
1971 14,405
1976 17,037
1981 18,845
1986 19,110
1991 18,802

* Estimate in 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. p. 584. 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. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 37°25′S 143°43′E / 37.417°S 143.717°E / -37.417; 143.717

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