- City of Morwell
Shire of Morwell
Location in Victoria
Population: 27320 (1992) Established: 1892 Area: 670.81 km² (259.0 sq mi) Council Seat: Morwell County: Buln Buln, Tanjil LGAs around Shire of Morwell: Narracan Narracan Traralgon Mirboo Shire of Morwell Traralgon Woorayl South Gippsland Alberton
The City of Morwell was a Local Government Area located about 150 kilometres (93 mi) east-southeast of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 670.81 square kilometres (259.0 sq mi), and existed from 1892 until 1994.
Originally split between the Shires of Traralgon and Narracan, Morwell was first incorporated as a shire on 22 May 1892. On 11 December 1916, parts of the Boolarra and Yinnar ridings were annexed to the Shire of Mirboo. On 24 September 1947, under the terms of the State Electricity Commission (Yallourn Area) Act 1947, a town was proclaimed on 3.05 square kilometres (754 acres) at the Narracan-Morwell border—this self-governing area under the auspices of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria came to be known as the Yallourn Works Area and at one point housed over 5,000 workers from nearby coal mines. On 28 August 1955 the Borough of Moe was severed from Narracan and incorporated, and land from Morwell's western riding was annexed to it. On 23 September 1990 Morwell was proclaimed a city.
Morwell was divided into six wardson 3 August 1991, each of which elected two councillors:
- Churchill Ward
- Rural Ward
- West Ward
- North Ward
- East Ward
- South Ward
Towns and Localities
- Hazelwood North
- Yallourn North
- Yinnar South
Year Population 1954 13,033 1958 15,460* 1961 18,359 1966 20,773 1971 22,453 1976 22,654 1981 25,361 1986 26,743 1991 26,461
* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.
- ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 49–52. ISSN 0067-1223.
- ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 433–434. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
- ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification. Commonwealth of Australia. p. 8. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/ausstats/free.nsf/0/76E601D6DB55E88ACA25722500049195/$File/12570_1994-95.pdf. Retrieved 2008-01-05.
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