Shire of Donald

Shire of Donald

Location in Victoria
Population 2,540 (1992)[1]
 • Density 1.754/km2 (4.543/sq mi)
Established 1861
Area 1,448 km2 (559.1 sq mi)
Council seat Donald
County Borung, Kara Kara
LGAs around Shire of Donald:
Birchip Birchip Wycheproof
Warracknabeal Shire of Donald Charlton
Dunmunkle Kara Kara Kara Kara

The Shire of Donald was a local government area about 140 kilometres (87 mi) west-northwest of Bendigo, in western Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 1,448 square kilometres (559.1 sq mi), and existed from 1861 until 1995.


Donald was originally incorporated as the St Arnaud Road District on 25 June 1861, which became a shire on 22 November 1864. It was originally home to several other districts, which split away prior to 1900:

On 11 February 1897, it was officially renamed to the Shire of Donald, after the largest town which remained. It annexed territory from the Shire of Dunmunkle on 26 May 1916, and from the Shire of Kara Kara on 27 April 1920.[2]

On 20 January 1995, the Shire of Donald was abolished, and, along with the Shires of Birchip, Charlton and Wycheproof, and parts of the Shire of Kara Kara, was merged into the newly created Shire of Buloke.[3]


The Shire of Donald was divided into three wards, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 2,864
1958 3,060*
1961 2,921
1966 2,948
1971 2,639
1976 2,724
1981 2,597
1986 2,357
1991 2,385

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 51. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 657–658. 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. 5. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 36°22′S 142°59′E / 36.367°S 142.983°E / -36.367; 142.983

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