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City of Preston (Victoria)

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City of Preston
Location in Melbourne
Population79,700 (1992)[1]
 • Density2,151.1/km2 (5,571/sq mi)
Area37.05 km2 (14.3 sq mi)
Council seatPreston
LGAs around City of Preston:
Broadmeadows Whittlesea Diamond Valley
Broadmeadows City of Preston Heidelberg
Coburg Northcote Heidelberg

The City of Preston was a local government area about 11 kilometres (7 mi) north-northeast of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The city covered an area of 37.05 square kilometres (14.31 sq mi), and existed from 1871 until 1994.


Preston's first involvement in local government was part of the Epping Road District in 1854, which also included Northcote. In 1870, the Epping District was amalgamated with the Merriang, Whittlesea, Morang and Woodstock Road Districts, to form a very large Darebin Shire. These entities mostly ended up in the Cities of Broadmeadows and Whittlesea.[2]

Preston was first incorporated as the Jika Jika Shire on 8 November 1871, which was renamed Preston on 11 September 1885. It became a borough on 14 March 1922, a town on 24 May 1922, and was proclaimed a city on 14 July 1926.[3]

On 22 June 1994, the City of Preston was abolished, and, along with the City of Northcote and parts of the City of Coburg, was merged into the City of Darebin.[4]

Council meetings were held at Preston City Hall, at High Street and Gower Street, Preston. It is still used for the same purpose by the City of Darebin.


The City of Preston was subdivided into four wards, each electing three councillors:

  • South East Ward
  • South West Ward
  • North East Ward
  • North West Ward[3]



Year Population
1911 5,049
1933 33,442
1947 46,775
1954 63,868
1958 77,300*
1961 84,146
1966 89,706
1971 91,584
1976 88,384
1981 84,519
1986 79,751
1991 76,996

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 49. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. ^ Monash University (1999). "Australian Places - Preston". Archived from the original on 20 June 2005. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
  3. ^ a b Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 460–461. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  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. p. 5. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 16 December 2007.

Coordinates: 37°44′35″S 145°00′29″E / 37.743°S 145.008°E / -37.743; 145.008

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