Shire of Cobram

Shire of Cobram

Location in Victoria
Population 6,750 (1992)[1]
 • Density 20.96/km2 (54.29/sq mi)
Established 1953
Area 322 km2 (124.3 sq mi)
Council seat Cobram
County Moira
LGAs around Shire of Cobram:
Numurkah Berrigan (NSW) Berrigan (NSW)
Numurkah Shire of Cobram Tungamah
Numurkah Tungamah Tungamah

The Shire of Cobram was a local government area on the Murray River in the Goulburn Valley region, about 240 kilometres (149 mi) north of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 322 square kilometres (124.3 sq mi), and existed from 1953 until 1994.


The Shire of Cobram's origins lay in the North West Riding of the Shire of Tungamah, which was first incorporated on 15 May 1878. Cobram's development arose from irrigation projects developed in the 1930s; after World War II, returned servicemen were allocated irrigated holdings for fruit orchards and dairy farms, and Italian immigrants also took up land in the area.[2] A town plan was drafted in 1949, and industrial and commercial growth increased. On 1 April 1953, Cobram was severed from Tungamah, and became a shire in its own right.[3]

On 18 November 1994, the Shire of Cobram was abolished, and, along with the Shires of Nathalia, Numurkah, Tungamah and Yarrawonga, was merged into the newly created Shire of Moira.[4]


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

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 3,642
1958 4,220*
1961 4,798
1966 5,246
1971 5,520
1976 5,765
1981 6,206
1986 5,911
1991 6,378

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 52. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. Monash University (1999). "Australian Places - Cobram". Archived from the original on 2003-04-24. Retrieved 2008-01-06.
  3. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 629–630, 863–864. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  4. 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. 9. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 35°58′S 145°39′E / 35.967°S 145.650°E / -35.967; 145.650

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