Shire of Orbost

Shire of Orbost

Location in Victoria
Population 6,730 (1992)[1]
 • Density 0.7200/km2 (1.8648/sq mi)
Established 1892
Area 9,347 km2 (3,608.9 sq mi)
Council seat Orbost
County Croajingolong, Tambo
LGAs around Shire of Orbost:
Snowy River (NSW) Bombala (NSW) Bega Valley (NSW)
Tambo Shire of Orbost Tasman Sea
Tambo Bass Strait Tasman Sea

The Shire of Orbost was a local government area about 380 kilometres (236 mi) east of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 9,347 square kilometres (3,608.9 sq mi), and existed from 1892 until 1994.


Originally, Orbost was part of the Bairnsdale Road District which was created on 30 April 1867. Splitting away as part of the Shire of Tambo in 1882, Orbost was first incorporated as a shire in its own right as the Shire of Croajingolong on 30 May 1892. It received its present name on 17 February 1893. On 3 January 1913 part of its western riding was annexed to Tambo as its Cunninghame Riding.[2]

On 2 December 1994, the Shire was abolished, and merged with City and Shire of Bairnsdale, Shire of Tambo, most of Shire of Omeo and the Boole Boole Peninsula from Shire of Rosedale into the Shire of East Gippsland.[3]


Orbost was divided into four ridings on 31 May 1895, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 5,492
1958 5,700*
1961 6,179
1966 6,414
1971 6,301
1976 6,205
1981 6,058
1986 6,131
1991 6,562

* 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. 796–797. 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. 6. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 37°42′S 148°27′E / 37.700°S 148.450°E / -37.700; 148.450

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