Shire of Lexton

Shire of Lexton

Location in Victoria
Population 1,380 (1992)[1]
 • Density 1.681/km2 (4.353/sq mi)
Established 1860
Area 821.03 km2 (317.0 sq mi)
Council seat Lexton
County Gladstone, Kara Kara, Ripon, Talbot
LGAs around Shire of Lexton:
Avoca Avoca Talbot and Clunes
Ararat Shire of Lexton Ballarat
Ripon Ripon Ballarat

The Shire of Lexton was a local government area about 150 kilometres (93 mi) northwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 821.03 square kilometres (317.0 sq mi), and existed from 1860 until 1994.


Lexton was incorporated as a road district on 17 February 1860, and became a shire on 30 June 1864. In January 1941, it annexed parts of the Shire of Avoca.[2]

On 23 September 1994, the Shire of Lexton was abolished, and, along with the Shire of Ripon, and parts of the Shire of Avoca, was merged into the newly created Shire of Pyrenees.[3]


The Shire of Lexton was divided into three ridings on 1 April 1988, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 1,350
1958 1,470*
1961 1,443
1966 1,371
1971 1,315
1976 1,280
1981 1,211
1986 1,295
1991 1,314

* Estimate in the 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. 738–739. 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. 11. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 37°15′S 143°31′E / 37.250°S 143.517°E / -37.250; 143.517

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