Shire of Buninyong

Shire of Buninyong

Location in Victoria
Population 12,760 (1992)[1]
 • Density 16.253/km2 (42.094/sq mi)
Established 1858
Area 785.1 km2 (303.1 sq mi)
Council seat Buninyong
County Grenville, Grant
LGAs around Shire of Buninyong:
Ballaarat Bungaree Bungaree
Grenville Shire of Buninyong Ballan
Grenville Leigh Bannockburn

The Shire of Buninyong was a local government area south and southeast of the regional city of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 785.1 square kilometres (303.1 sq mi), and existed from 1858 until 1994.


Buninyong was first incorporated as a road district on 9 July 1858, and became a shire on 18 February 1864. On 1 October 1915, it absorbed the Borough of Buninyong, which had been created on 15 July 1859.[2]

On 6 May 1994, the Shire of Buninyong was abolished, and was split between the newly created City of Ballarat and Shire of Moorabool. A small section near Grenville was transferred to the newly created Golden Plains Shire.


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

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 3,953
1958 4,190*
1961 4,313
1966 4,808
1971 5,124
1976 6,271
1981 8,096
1986 9,959
1991 12,140

* 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. pp. 623–625. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.

Coordinates: 37°39′S 143°53′E / 37.650°S 143.883°E / -37.650; 143.883

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