|City of Doncaster & Templestowe|
Location in Melbourne
Former Shire Hall in Council Street
|• Density||1,150.73/km2 (2,980.37/sq mi)|
|Area||89.42 km2 (34.5 sq mi)|
The City of Doncaster & Templestowe was a local government area located about 20 kilometres (12 mi) east-northeast of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The city covered an area of 89.42 square kilometres (34.53 sq mi), and existed from 1915 until 1994. At its peak in the early 1990s, it had a population of just over 100,000.
The origin of local government in the area dates back to 19 December 1856, when the Templestowe Road District was formed, following a public meeting and election at Bulleen Hotel. Two decades later, on 7 May 1875, the Shire of Bulleen was formed, incorporating the Roads Board area and Warrandyte. On 30 May 1890, the Doncaster Riding was severed and incorporated as the Shire of Doncaster, meeting in the old Shire Hall in Council Street. By this time, fruit growing had become the mainstay of Doncaster's rural economy. The Shire of Bulleen was renamed to the Shire of Templestowe on 12 May 1892 and reunited with Doncaster 23 years later under local government reforms on 1 October 1915, with the combined entity named the Shire of Doncaster & Templestowe on 16 March 1926. Urbanisation was slow to reach the area, and the 1949 Australian Blue Book described the shire as "mainly undulating country with extensive views [and] some low, hilly ranges". Agricultural activities, such as fruit growing, dairying and sheep and cattle grazing, dominated the shire's economic life. By 1955 the population of the area had grown with suburban settlement and a new Shire Hall was built. On 28 February 1967, at a time of rapid suburban growth, Doncaster & Templestowe was proclaimed a City.
At the time of dissolution, council meetings were held in the Municipal Offices, in Doncaster Road, Doncaster. This facility is still used for the same purpose by the City of Manningham.
The City of Doncaster & Templestowe was subdivided into four wards, each electing three councillors:
- Doncaster Ward
- Doncaster West Ward
- Templestowe Ward
- Warrandyte Ward
- Doncaster East
- East Templestowe
- Mitcham (shared with the City of Nunawading)
- Park Orchards
- Ringwood North (shared with the City of Ringwood)
- Templestowe Lower
- Warrandyte South (shared with the Shire of Lillydale)
* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.
The City of Doncaster & Templestowe had about three hundred parks by the 1990s.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 49. ISSN 0067-1223.
- Doncaster Templestowe & Warrandyte since 1837. Doncaster-Templestowe Historical Society. 1970. ISBN 0-9500920-0-2.
- "Templestowe I (Roads Board 1856-1875) Agency VA 4760". Public Record Office Victoria. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
- "Bulleen (Shire 1875 - 1892) Agency VA 4358". Public Record Office Victoria. Archived from the original on 30 December 2007. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
- Monash University (1999). "Australian Places - Doncaster & Templestowe". Archived from the original on 3 November 2002. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
- Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 314–315. Also VMD 1915:612. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
- 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. 8. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
- Perera, Natasha (1 December 1994). "Council looks at park burials". Herald Sun. p. 40.