Shire of Traralgon

Shire of Traralgon

Location in Victoria
Population 4,810 (1992)[1]
 • Density 1.0344/km2 (2.679/sq mi)
Established 1879
Area 4,650 km2 (1,795.4 sq mi)
Council seat Traralgon
County Buln Buln, Tanjil
LGAs around Shire of Traralgon:
Narracan Rosedale Rosedale
Morwell Shire of Traralgon Rosedale
Morwell Alberton Alberton

The Shire of Traralgon was a local government area about 160 kilometres (99 mi) east-southeast of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 4,650 square kilometres (1,795.4 sq mi), and existed from 1879 until 1994. From 1961 onwards, it did not actually administer the town of Traralgon, which was the responsibility of a separate authority.


Traralgon was incorporated as a shire on 24 October 1879. On 27 May 1892 it lost its western riding, which formed the Shire of Morwell. The town of Traralgon incorporated separately as a borough on 31 May 1961, becoming the City of Traralgon three years later.[2]

On 2 December 1994, the Shire was abolished, and merged with the Cities of Moe, Morwell and Traralgon, and parts of Narracan and Rosedale into the City of Latrobe.[3]


Traralgon was divided into two ridings, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 10,036
1958 11,180*
1961 1,229
1966 1,265
1971 1,336
1976 1,775
1981 3,324
1986 4,228
1991 4,659

* 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. 859–860. 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. 8. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 38°11′S 146°32′E / 38.183°S 146.533°E / -38.183; 146.533

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