City of Ararat


City of Ararat
City of Ararat
Victoria
Old lgadot Ararat.png
Location in Victoria
Established: 1858
Area: 19.09 km² (7.4 sq mi)
Council Seat: Ararat
County: Ripon

The City of Ararat was a Local Government Area located about 200 kilometres (124 mi) west-northwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia that existed from 1858 until 1994.

Headquartered in Ararat, Victoria, the council had jurisdiction over an area of 19.09 square kilometres (7.4 sq mi) and by 1992 a population of 8,070 people.[1] It was surrounded by the separate and largely rural Shire of Ararat.

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History

Ararat was first incorporated as a borough on 24 September 1858 and known as the Municipal District of Ararat and was headed by chairmen.

In 1862 it was declared as a borough and known as the Borough of Ararat headed by mayors.

A hall with an elaborate clock tower was designed by Molloy and Smith and built in 1899.

The it was declared and gazetted as a town on 29 May 1934.

It was proclaimed as a city on 24 May 1950, and received some land from the surrounding Shire of Ararat on 27 May 1960.

On 23 September 1994, the City was abolished, and merged with Shire of Ararat and part of the Shire of Stawell into the Rural City of Ararat.[2]

Population

Former Town Hall, now Regional Art Gallery
Year Population
1954 7,414
1958 7,880*
1961 7,934
1966 8,237
1971 8,312
1976 8,288
1981 8,336
1986 8,015
1991 7,633

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.

Chairmen and Mayors

Chairmen

  • 1858-60 Cr F Lowe
  • 1860-61 Cr JD Smith
  • 1861-62 Cr TM Girdlestone
  • 1862-62 Cr WR Mitchell

== Mayors ==[3]

  • 1862-66 Cr T Walker
  • 1866-68 Cr GWH Grano
  • 1868-69 Cr C Mulcahy
  • 1869-70 Cr W Rundell
  • 1870-71 Cr WH Dawson
  • 1871-72 Cr W Rundell
  • 1872-73 Cr J Tuson
  • 1873-74 Cr GWH Grano
  • 1874-75 Cr WH Dawson
  • 1875-76 Cr GWH Grano
  • 1876-77 Cr W Beveridge
  • 1877-78 Cr JD Smith
  • 1878-79 Cr D Gordon
  • 1879-80 Cr T Tobin
  • 1880-81 Cr J Hewitt
  • 1881-82 Cr J Tuson
  • 1882-83 Cr MC Nott
  • 1883-84 Cr T Flattely
  • 1884-85 Cr J Crouch
  • 1885-86 Cr J Tuson
  • 1886-87 Cr T Tobin
  • 1887-88 Cr WH Dawson
  • 1888-89 Cr H Thompson
  • 1889-90 Cr T Tobin
  • 1890-91 Cr TW Palmer
  • 1891-92 Cr H Dodd
  • 1892-93 Cr E Boberski
  • 1893-94 Cr WE Nichols
  • 1894-95 Cr T Tobin
  • 1895-96 Cr G Burns
  • 1896-97 Cr T Tobin
  • 1897-98 Cr E Boberski
  • 1998-99 Cr EJ Simpson
  • 1899-00 Cr WH Elliott
  • 1900-01 Cr D Hamilton
  • 1901-02 Cr R Hargreaves
  • 1902-04 Cr TA Wild
  • 1904-05 Cr E Boberski
  • 1905-06 Cr TA Wild
  • 1906-07 Cr EJ Simpson
  • 1907-08 Cr R Hargreaves
  • 1908-10 Cr J Moore
  • 1910-12 Cr J Irwin
  • 1912-14 Cr G Burn
  • 1914-15 Cr W Tibbles
  • 1915-16 Cr J Irwin
  • 1916-17 Cr JJ Northey
  • 1917-18 Cr T Impey
  • 1918-19 Cr TJ Gossip
  • 1919-20 Cr WH Mackay
  • 1920-21 Cr EC McGibbony
  • 1921-22 Cr J Moore
  • 1922-23 Cr WH Toole
  • 1923-24 Cr G Bryant
  • 1924-26 Cr W Timmins
  • 1926-27 Cr J Irwin
  • 1927-28 Cr HJ Blackie
  • 1928-30 Cr WH Toole
  • 1930-32 Cr J Moore
  • 1932-33 Cr WL Brewster

Legacy

The former town hall was National Trust listed[4] and later adaptively reused to the Ararat Regional Art Gallery[5] managed by the Rural City of Ararat.

References

Coordinates: 37°17′S 142°55′E / 37.283°S 142.917°E / -37.283; 142.917


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