Shire of Winchelsea

Shire of Winchelsea

Location in Victoria
Population 5,020 (1992)[1]
 • Density 3.879/km2 (10.048/sq mi)
Established 1860
Area 1,294 km2 (499.6 sq mi)
Council seat Winchelsea
County Grant, Grenville, Polwarth
LGAs around Shire of Winchelsea:
Colac Leigh Bannockburn
Colac Shire of Winchelsea Barrabool
Otway Otway Bass Strait

The Shire of Winchelsea was a local government area about 110 kilometres (68 mi) southwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 1,294 square kilometres (499.6 sq mi), and existed from 1860 until 1994.


Winchelsea was first incorporated as a road district on 9 November 1860, and became a shire on 27 May 1864. On 6 May 1919, part of the shire was annexed to the then new Shire of Otway, and on 31 May 1927 parts were annexed to the Shire of Barrabool. On 1 April 1989, Winchelsea annexed parts of the Shire of Barrabool, and was re subdivided into three ridings.[2]

On 9 March 1994, the Shire of Winchelsea was abolished, and, along with parts of the City of South Barwon and the Shire of Barrabool, was merged into the newly created Surf Coast Shire.


The Shire of Winchelsea was divided into three ridings on 1 April 1989, each of which elected three councillors:

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 4,361
1958 4,770*
1961 4,584
1966 4,246
1971 3,998
1976 3,858
1981 3,879
1986 4,113
1991 4,785

* Estimate in 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. p. 893. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.

Coordinates: 38°14′S 143°59′E / 38.233°S 143.983°E / -38.233; 143.983

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