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Shire of Mansfield (former)

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Shire of Mansfield
Location in Victoria
Population6,100 (1992)[1]
 • Density1.556/km2 (4.03/sq mi)
Area3,919.10 km2 (1,513.2 sq mi)
Council seatMansfield
CountyAnglesey, Delatite, Tanjil, Wonnangatta
LGAs around Shire of Mansfield:
Euroa Benalla Oxley
Alexandra Shire of Mansfield Maffra
Upper Yarra Narracan Maffra

The Shire of Mansfield was a local government area about 185 kilometres (115 mi) northeast of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 3,919.10 square kilometres (1,513.2 sq mi), and existed from 1865 until 1994.


Mansfield was incorporated as a road district on 6 January 1865, and became a shire on 31 December 1866. On 30 May 1919, it annexed part of the Shire of Howqua, becoming the shire's Howqua Riding.[2]

On 18 November 1994, the Shire of Mansfield was abolished, and, along with the City of Benalla, the Shire of Benalla, and the Warrenbayne district from the Shire of Violet Town, was merged into the newly created Shire of Delatite.[3] The Shire of Delatite itself was abolished in 2002, with its former area divided between the Rural City of Benalla and the Shire of Mansfield, created with largely the same territory as the previous shire.


The Shire of Mansfield was divided into four ridings in 1990, each of which elected three councillors:

  • Central Riding
  • Alpine Riding
  • Delatite Riding
  • Midland Riding

Towns and localities


Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1954 5,023—    
1961 4,423−5.01%
1966 4,274−0.68%
1971 4,260−0.07%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1976 4,352+0.43%
1981 4,900+2.40%
1986 6,430+5.59%
1991 8,471+5.67%
* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 52. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 753–754. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. ^ 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 5 January 2008.
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