Shire of Bannockburn

Shire of Bannockburn

Location in Victoria
Population 4,560 (1992)[1]
 • Density 6.493/km2 (16.817/sq mi)
Established 1862
Area 702.28 km2 (271.2 sq mi)
Council seat Bannockburn
County Grant, Grenville
LGAs around Shire of Bannockburn:
Buninyong Ballan Ballan
Leigh Shire of Bannockburn Corio
Winchelsea Barrabool Geelong West

The Shire of Bannockburn was a local government area about 85 kilometres (53 mi) west-southwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 702.28 square kilometres (271.2 sq mi), and existed from 1862 until 1994.


Bannockburn was first incorporated as a road district on 31 October 1862, and became a shire on 30 June 1864. On 15 September 1915, it annexed the Shire of Meredith, which had been created on 30 June 1863, and became a shire on 28 April 1871. Parts of the shire's Steiglitz Riding were severed and annexed to the Shire of Corio's Lara Riding on 31 May 1916.[2]

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


The Shire of Bannockburn was divided into four ridings, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 2,126
1958 2,210*
1961 2,200
1966 2,211
1971 2,072
1976 2,365
1981 2,980
1986 3,484
1991 4,320

* 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. 587–588. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.

Coordinates: 38°03′S 144°10′E / 38.050°S 144.167°E / -38.050; 144.167

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