Shire of Minhamite

Shire of Minhamite

Location in Victoria
Population 1,870 (1992)[1]
 • Density 1.369/km2 (3.547/sq mi)
Established 1871
Area 1,365.62 km2 (527.3 sq mi)
Council seat Minhamite
County Normanby, Villiers
LGAs around Shire of Minhamite:
Heywood Dundas Mount Rouse
Heywood Shire of Minhamite Warrnambool
Belfast Belfast Warrnambool

The Shire of Minhamite was a local government area located about 270 kilometres (168 mi) west of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 1,365.62 square kilometres (527.3 sq mi), and existed from 1871 until 1994.


Minhamite, initially part of the Shire of Belfast, was incorporated as a shire on 13 January 1871.[2]

On 23 September 1994, the Shire of Minhamite was abolished, and, along with the Borough of Port Fairy, the Shire of Belfast, parts of the Shires of Dundas, Mortlake, Mount Rouse and Warrnambool, and the Tower Hill Reserve, was merged into the newly created Shire of Moyne.[3]

The Shire of Minhamite was not divided into ridings, and its nine councillors represented the entire shire.

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 2,520
1958 2,760*
1961 2,907
1966 2,824
1971 2,503
1976 2,229
1981 2,183
1986 1,950
1991 1,747

* 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. 765–766. 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. 10. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
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