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City of Keilor

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City of Keilor
Location in Melbourne
Population110,500 (1992)[1]
 • Density1,108.3/km2 (2,870.5/sq mi)
Area99.70 km2 (38.5 sq mi)
Council seatKeilor
LGAs around City of Keilor:
Melton Bulla Broadmeadows
Melton City of Keilor Essendon
Melton Sunshine Sunshine

The City of Keilor was a local government area about 13 kilometres (8 mi) northwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The city covered an area of 99.70 square kilometres (38.49 sq mi), and existed from 1863 until 1994.


Keilor was first incorporated as a road district on 3 March 1863. It became a shire on 22 December 1871, and was proclaimed a city on 29 April 1961.[2] Its boundaries were relatively stable throughout its existence.

On 15 July 1975, after a number of years of factional infighting, the council was suspended.[3]

On 15 December 1994, the City of Keilor was abolished, and its area divided by the Maribyrnong River and the Albion-Jacana freight railway line; its eastern section was merged with the City of Essendon, to form the newly created City of Moonee Valley, while its western section was merged with parts of the City of Sunshine, including St Albans, to form the newly created City of Brimbank. Melbourne Airport and a small section of Tullamarine, north of Sharps Road, were transferred to the City of Hume.[4]


The City of Keilor was divided into three wards, each electing three councillors:

  • Doutta Galla-Tullamarine Ward
  • Maribyrnong Ward
  • Niddrie Ward


* Suburb gazetted since the amalgamation.


Year Population
1954 10,681
1958 18,100*
1961 29,519
1966 43,363
1971 55,616
1976 70,587
1981 81,762
1986 93,327
1991 106,076

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 49. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 402–403. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. ^ "#33 - The council conundrum". The Age. Fairfax News Store. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  4. ^ 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, 9. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 16 December 2007.

Coordinates: 37°43′S 144°50′E / 37.717°S 144.833°E / -37.717; 144.833

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