Shire of Newstead

Shire of Newstead

Location in Victoria
Population 3,070 (1992)[1]
 • Density 7.502/km2 (19.43/sq mi)
Established 1860
Area 409.22 km2 (158.0 sq mi)
Council seat Newstead
County Talbot
LGAs around Shire of Newstead:
Tullaroop Maldon Metcalfe
Tullaroop Shire of Newstead Metcalfe
Creswick Daylesford and Glenlyon Daylesford and Glenlyon

The Shire of Newstead was a local government area about 120 kilometres (75 mi) northwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 409.22 square kilometres (158.0 sq mi), and existed from 1860 until 1995.


Newstead was first incorporated as a road district on 12 October 1860, and became a shire on 7 March 1865. On 1 October 1915, the Shire of Mount Alexander, created on 20 June 1871 with an area of 135 square kilometres (52 sq mi), was merged into Newstead.[2]

On 20 January 1995, the Shire of Newstead was abolished, and, along with the City of Castlemaine and the Shires of Maldon and Metcalfe, was merged into the newly created Shire of Mount Alexander.[3]


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

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 2,088
1958 2,150*
1961 1,874
1966 1,772
1971 1,622
1976 1,719
1981 1,954
1986 2,303
1991 2,821

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 52. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 789–790. 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.

Coordinates: 37°06′S 144°04′E / 37.100°S 144.067°E / -37.100; 144.067

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