Shire of Narracan

Shire of Narracan

Location in Victoria
Population 11,380 (1992)[1]
 • Density 4.95/km2 (12.81/sq mi)
Established 1878
Area 2,300 km2 (888.0 sq mi)
Council seat Trafalgar
County Buln Buln, Tanjil
LGAs around Shire of Narracan:
Upper Yarra Mansfield Maffra
Buln Buln Shire of Narracan Rosedale
Mirboo Morwell

The Shire of Narracan was a local government area about 120 kilometres (75 mi) east-southeast of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 2,300 square kilometres (888.0 sq mi), and existed from 1878 until 1994.


Narracan was first incorporated as a shire on 20 September 1878. Due in part to its location at the crossroads of the Latrobe Valley region, many changes occurred to its boundaries, especially from the 1940s onwards, during the post-war industrial boom in the region.

Parts of the shire's South Riding were annexed to the Shire of Morwell on 27 May 1892, while the Shire of Mirboo was created out of parts of its East and West Ridings on 13 April 1894. Over the following years, several parts were annexed to the Shire of Woorayl. On 29 May 1918, it absorbed the Shire of Walhalla, a 1,060 square kilometres (409 sq mi) region which had existed since 1872, firstly as a borough, then as a shire.[2] On 24 September 1947, under the terms of the State Electricity Commission (Yallourn Area) Act 1947, a town was proclaimed on 3.05 square kilometres (754 acres) at the Narracan-Morwell border; this self-governing area, under the auspices of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, came to be known as the Yallourn Works Area, and at one point housed over 5,000 workers from nearby coal mines.[3]

On 28 August 1955 the Borough of Moe was severed and incorporated, and parts were annexed to Moe on 1 October 1990.[4]

On 2 December 1994, the Shire of Narracan was abolished, and, along with the Rural City of Warragul, the Shire of Buln Buln and parts of the Shire of Upper Yarra, was merged into the newly created Shire of Baw Baw.[5]


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

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 21,023
1958 8,920*
1961 9,343
1966 9,045
1971 8,614
1976 8,566
1981 10,741
1986 10,761
1991 10,903

* 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. Walhalla was created as a borough on 29 November 1872 and became a shire on 26 March 1886. Source: Municipal Directory (1915)
  3. Adams, John (1978), So Tall the Trees (Narracan Shire Council, Trafalgar, Victoria, Australia)
  4. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 780–781. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  5. 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. 4. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
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