Shire of Wimmera

Shire of Wimmera

Infobox Australian Place | type = lga
name = Shire of Wimmera
state = vic
region = Wimmera
area = 2611
est = 1862
seat = Horsham
pop = 2,920 (1992) [cite book|title=Victorian Year Book|author=Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office|year=1994|page=49-52|id=ISSN 0067-1223]

logosize =

caption = Location in Victoria
county = Borung
near-nw = Dimboola
near-n = Warracknabeal
near-ne = Dunmunkle
near-w = Arapiles
near-e = Stawell
near-sw = Dundas
near-s = Dundas
near-se = Ararat
_noautocat = yes

The Shire of Wimmera was a Local Government Area located in the Wimmera region of western Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of convert|2611|km2|sqmi|1, and existed from 1862 until 1995. Although its shire offices were located in Horsham, Horsham was governed by a separate city council.


Wimmera was first incorporated as a 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.cite book|title=Victorian Municipal Directory|year=1992|publisher=Arnall & Jackson|location=Brunswick|pages=890-891 Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.]

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. [cite book|url=$File/12570_1994-95.pdf|title=Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification|author=Australian Bureau of Statistics|date=1 August 1995|publisher=Commonwealth of Australia|page=7, 10, 12|isbn=0-642-23117-6|accessdate=2008-01-05]


Wimmera was divided into four ridings, each of which elected three councillors:
* North Riding
* South Riding
* East Riding
* West Riding

Towns and Localities

* Ailsa
* Blackheath
* Byrneville
* Cannum
* Dadswells Bridge
* Dahlen
* Dooen
* Jung
* Kalkee
* Kewell
* Longerenong
* McKenzie Creek
* Murra Warra
* Pimpinio
* Quantong
* Riverside
* St Helens Plains
* Vectis
* Wail


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


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