Shire of Wimmera

Shire of Wimmera

Location in Victoria
Population 2,920 (1992)[1]
 • Density 1.1183/km2 (2.897/sq mi)
Established 1862
Area 2,611 km2 (1,008.1 sq mi)
Council seat Horsham
Region Wimmera
County Borung
LGAs around Shire of Wimmera:
Dimboola Warracknabeal Dunmunkle
Arapiles Shire of Wimmera Stawell
Dundas Dundas Ararat

The Shire of Wimmera was a local government area in the Wimmera region of western Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 2,611 square kilometres (1,008.1 sq mi), and existed from 1862 until 1995. Although its shire offices were located in Horsham, Horsham was governed by a separate city council.


Wimmera was incorporated as a road district on 3 March 1862, and became a shire on 4 March 1864. It was originally a very large district, including a significant portion of Walpeup, plus Arapiles, Dimboola, Dunmunkle, Kaniva, Kowree, Lowan, centred on the town of Horsham. By 1900, all of these areas had severed and separately incorporated, and Wimmera's boundaries remained largely unchanged for over 90 years.[2]

On 20 January 1995, the Shire was abolished, and merged with City of Horsham, most of the Shire of Arapiles and part of Kowree into the Rural City of Horsham. The section within Grampians National Park became part of the Shire of Northern Grampians, whilst the Kewell West and Wallup districts joined the Shire of Yarriambiack.[3]


Wimmera was divided into four ridings, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 3,569
1958 3,790*
1961 3,535
1966 3,481
1971 3,046
1976 3,060
1981 2,960*
1986 2,850*
1991 2,930

* Estimates in 1958, 1983 and 1988 Victorian Year Books.


  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. 890–891. 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. pp. 7, 10, 12. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 36°35′S 142°07′E / 36.583°S 142.117°E / -36.583; 142.117

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