Shire of Leigh

Shire of Leigh

Location in Victoria
Population 2,340 (1992)[1]
 • Density 2.383/km2 (6.172/sq mi)
Established 1861
Area 982 km2 (379.2 sq mi)
Council seat Rokewood
County Grant, Grenville
LGAs around Shire of Leigh:
Grenville Buninyong Buninyong
Grenville Shire of Leigh Bannockburn
Hampden Colac Winchelsea

The Shire of Leigh was a local government area about 140 kilometres (87 mi) west of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 982 square kilometres (379.2 sq mi), and existed from 1861 until 1994.


Leigh was incorporated as a road district on 27 August 1861, and became a shire on 22 March 1864.[2]

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


The Shire of Leigh was divided into three ridings in May 1965, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 1,096
1958 1,370*
1961 1,460
1966 1,403
1971 1,177
1976 1,184
1981 1,285
1986 1,791
1991 2,226

* 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. 736–737. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.

Coordinates: 37°54′S 143°43′E / 37.900°S 143.717°E / -37.900; 143.717

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