|Shire of Swan Hill|
Location in Victoria
|• Density||1.8427/km2 (4.773/sq mi)|
|Area||6,550 km2 (2,529.0 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Swan Hill|
The Shire of Swan Hill was a local government area in north-western Victoria, Australia, along the Murray River. The shire covered an area of 6,550 square kilometres (2,529.0 sq mi), and existed from 1893 until 1995. From 1939 onwards, Swan Hill itself was managed by a separate entity; the City of Swan Hill. After a large-scale statewide amalgamation program by the Victorian Government in 1994–1995, they were reunited under the Rural City of Swan Hill.
The Swan Hill Road District, which initially covered most of north-western Victoria, was incorporated on 8 July 1862, and became a shire on 14 August 1871. The Shire of Gordon was severed and incorporated on 26 May 1885, from parts of the East and West Loddon Ridings. The Shire of Mildura followed suit on 10 January 1890, severed from the Lower Murray Riding.
On 30 May 1893, the Shire of Castle Donnington was severed and proclaimed by the Governor of Victoria, from what remained of the West Loddon, East Loddon and Lower Murray Ridings. The remainder of the shire was renamed the Shire of Kerang on 31 December 1898. On 31 May 1904, Castle Donnington was renamed and gazetted as the Shire of Swan Hill.
A new shire, Walpeup, was formed in western Victoria on 1 October 1911, taking in some western areas of Swan Hill and sections of five other shires. A small part of the shire in and near the town of Swan Hill was severed on 31 May 1939, and was incorporated as a borough, which became a city on 2 April 1964.
On 20 January 1995, the Shire of Swan Hill was abolished, and, along with the City of Swan Hill and the Tresco district of the Shire of Kerang, was merged into the newly created Rural City of Swan Hill.
The Shire of Swan Hill was divided into three ridings, each of which elected three councillors:
- North Riding
- South Riding
- Central Riding
Towns and localities
* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. pp. 49–52. ISSN 0067-1223.
- Victoria, corporateName: Public Record Office. "Access the Collection - Public Record Office Victoria (PROV)". www.access.prov.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
- Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 718–720, 846–847. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
- Public Record Office Victoria (2005). "Agency VA 4385". Retrieved 8 January 2008.
- 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. 11. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 5 January 2008.