Shire of Warrnambool

Shire of Warrnambool

Location in Victoria
Population 8,940 (1992)[1]
 • Density 5.570/km2 (14.426/sq mi)
Established 1854
Area 1,605 km2 (619.7 sq mi)
Council seat Warrnambool
County Villiers, Heytesbury, Hampden
LGAs around Shire of Warrnambool:
Mount Rouse Mortlake Hampden
Minhamite Shire of Warrnambool Heytesbury
Belfast Southern Ocean Southern Ocean

The Shire of Warrnambool was a local government area located about 260 kilometres (162 mi) west-southwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 1,605 square kilometres (619.7 sq mi), and existed from 1854 until 1994.


Warrnambool was first incorporated as a road district on 11 July 1854, and became a shire on 31 December 1863.[2]

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


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


Year Population
1954 8,920
1958 7,910*
1961 7,610
1966 7,492
1971 6,859
1976 6,753
1981 6,517
1986 6,571
1991 8,452

* 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. 886–888. 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. 10,11. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 38°32′S 142°49′E / 38.533°S 142.817°E / -38.533; 142.817

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