City of Kew

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This article is about a former local government area close to Melbourne, Australia. For the Melbourne suburb, see Kew, Victoria.
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City of Kew
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Location in Melbourne
Population 28,900 (1992)[1]
 • Density 1,985/km2 (5,141/sq mi)
Established 1860
Area 14.56 km2 (5.6 sq mi)
Council seat Kew
Region Melbourne
County Bourke
LGAs around City of Kew:
Northcote Heidelberg Camberwell
Collingwood City of Kew Camberwell
Richmond Hawthorn Camberwell

The City of Kew was a local government area about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia, on the southeast bank of the Yarra River. The city covered an area of 14.56 square kilometres (5.62 sq mi), and existed from 1860 until 1994.


Kew was first incorporated as a municipal district on 19 December 1860, a borough in October 1863, and a town on 8 December 1910. It was proclaimed a city on 10 March 1921.[2]

On 22 June 1994, the City of Kew was abolished, and, along with the Cities of Camberwell and Hawthorn, was merged into the newly created City of Boroondara.[3]

The council formerly met at the Kew Town Hall, at Cotham Road and Charles Street, Kew.


The City of Kew was divided into four wards on 27 August 1955, each electing three councillors:


The council area covered the suburbs of Kew and Kew East, and was bounded by the Yarra River to the north and west, Barkers Road to the south and Burke Road to the east.[4]


Year Population
1861 1,439
1891 8,462
1921 17,382
1947 30,859
1954 31,518
1958 32,700*
1961 33,341
1966 32,801
1971 32,564
1976 29,683
1981 28,870
1986 28,162
1991 27,291

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 49. ISSN 0067-1223. 
  2. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 406–407.  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. 4. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  4. ^ Melway - Greater Melbourne Street Directory (22nd edition). Glen Iris, Victoria: Melway Publishing Pty Ltd. 1993. pp. Maps 44–45. ISSN 0311-3957. 

Coordinates: 37°48′S 145°02′E / 37.800°S 145.033°E / -37.800; 145.033