Shire of Lowan

Shire of Lowan

Location in Victoria

The Shire Hall in Nhill, built in 1888
Population 2,940 (1992)[1]
 • Density 1.0276/km2 (2.662/sq mi)
Established 1875
Area 2,861 km2 (1,104.6 sq mi)
Council seat Nhill
Region Wimmera
County Lowan, Weeah
LGAs around Shire of Lowan:
Walpeup Walpeup Dimboola
Kaniva Shire of Lowan Dimboola
Kowree Kowree Arapiles

The Shire of Lowan was a local government area in the Wimmera region of western Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 2,861 square kilometres (1,104.6 sq mi), and existed from 1875 until 1995.


Lowan was originally part of the Shire of Wimmera, which incorporated in 1862. On 31 December 1875, Lowan became a shire in its own right. Several parts of the shire split away in its first 20 years;

Like many western shires, it lost a remote section to its north, when the Shire of Walpeup was created on 1 November 1911.[2]

On 20 January 1995, the Shire of Lowan was abolished, and, along with the Shire of Dimboola, was merged into the newly created Shire of Hindmarsh.[3]


The Shire of Lowan was divided into four ridings on 31 May 1901, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 3,999
1958 4,130*
1961 3,872
1966 3,822
1971 3,489
1976 3,510
1981 3,350*
1986 3,220*
1991 2,990

* Estimates in 1958, 1983 and 1988 Victorian Year Books.


  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. 744–745. 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. 7. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 36°20′S 141°39′E / 36.333°S 141.650°E / -36.333; 141.650

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