|Shire of Kowree|
Location in Victoria
|• Density||0.6897/km2 (1.7862/sq mi)|
|Area||5,379.41 km2 (2,077.0 sq mi)|
Kowree was first incorporated as a road district on 24 June 1862, and became a shire on 26 January 1872. It annexed the South Riding of the Shire of Lowan on 29 May 1894, which was added to its North Riding.
On 20 January 1995, the Shire of Kowree was abolished, and, along with the Shire of Kaniva, and parts of the Shires of Arapiles and Glenelg, was merged into the newly created Shire of West Wimmera. The Black Range and Toolondo Reservoir districts were transferred to the newly created Rural City of Horsham, while a small unpopulated section was transferred to the Shire of Southern Grampians, created earlier in September 1994.
The Shire of Kowree was divided into four ridings, each of which elected three councillors:
- Central Riding
- East Riding
- North Riding
- West Riding
Towns and localities
* Estimates in 1958, 1983 and 1988 Victorian Year Books.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. pp. 49–52. ISSN 0067-1223.
- Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 730–731. 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. pp. 7, 11, 12. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 5 January 2008.