Shire of Grenville

Shire of Grenville

Location in Victoria

Former Council offices at Linton
Population 8,580 (1992)[1]
 • Density 10.154/km2 (26.298/sq mi)
Established 1861
Area 845 km2 (326.3 sq mi)
Council seat Linton
County Grenville
LGAs around Shire of Grenville:
Ripon Ballarat Ballaarat
Hampden Shire of Grenville Buninyong
Hampden Hampden Leigh
Former Town Hall of the Borough of Browns and Scarsdale, at Scarsdale

The Shire of Grenville was a local government area southwest of the regional city of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 845 square kilometres (326.3 sq mi), and existed from 1861 until 1994.


Grenville was first incorporated as a road district on 27 August 1861, and became a shire on 16 February 1864. On 1 October 1915, under the Local Government Amendment Act 1914, it absorbed the areas of two boroughs; Browns and Scarsdale, which was incorporated on 25 July 1862 with an area of 23.31 square kilometres (5,760 acres), and Smythesdale, incorporated on 12 April 1861 with an area of 5.83 square kilometres (1,441 acres).[2]

On 6 May 1994, the Shire of Grenville was abolished, and, along with the Shires of Bannockburn and Leigh, and parts of the Shire of Buninyong, was merged into the newly created Golden Plains Shire.


The Shire of Grenville was divided into four ridings on 16 May 1977, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 1,862
1958 1,910*
1961 1,833
1966 1,692
1971 1,802
1976 2,790
1981 4,293
1986 6,395
1991 8,113

* 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. 689. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.

Coordinates: 37°41′S 143°34′E / 37.683°S 143.567°E / -37.683; 143.567

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