Corporation and District Council of Clare

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District Council of Clare
South Australia
Clare Valley (2050425542).jpg
Suburban ford of the Hutt River in Clare
District Council of Clare is located in South Australia
District Council of Clare
District Council of Clare
Coordinates33°50′0″S 138°36′0″E / 33.83333°S 138.60000°E / -33.83333; 138.60000Coordinates: 33°50′0″S 138°36′0″E / 33.83333°S 138.60000°E / -33.83333; 138.60000
Population5,800 (1936)[1]
 • Density8.76/km2 (22.69/sq mi)
Established20 July 1853
Area662 km2 (255.6 sq mi)[1]
Council seatClare
LGAs around District Council of Clare:
Hutt and Hill Rivers
Rocky River
Hutt and Hill Rivers
Burra Burra
Blyth District Council of Clare Hanson
Burra Burra
Upper Wakefield
Saddleworth and Auburn
Upper Wakefield

The Corporation and District Council of Clare were twin local government areas in South Australia centred on the town of Clare. The district council existed from 1853 until 1997, while the town corporation existed from 1868 until 1969.


The District Council of Clare was proclaimed in 1853[1][2] and the council area was specified as the entirety of the hundreds of Clare and the Upper Wakefield.[3] The inaugural councillors were Edward Gleeson, founder of Clare, William Slater, Dr. Charles Webb,[4] Anton Sotolowsky and Patrick Butler.[3]

The following year, in October 1854, the District Council of Upper Wakefield seceded from Clare district to provide dedicated local government to the Hundred of Upper Wakefield.

In April 1868, the township of Mintaro in the south east of the district seceded from Clare to form part of the new District Council of Stanley. Later that year the township of Clare also seceded from the district as the Corporation of Clare. The corporation was a separate local government body working closely with the district council for just over 100 years before the two civic bodies rejoined in 1969.[1][5]

In 1932 the district council annexed the District Council of Stanley to the south east, and three years later annexed the northerly adjacent Hundred of Milne from the abolished District Council of Hutt and Hill Rivers.[2] In 1936 the corporate township was reported as being 500 acres (200 ha) in size while the surrounding district, which was to remain stable in extent for more than a half century, was reported as being 162,000 acres (660 km2).[1]

In 1997 Clare council amalgamated with the District Council of Saddleworth and Auburn and District Council of Riverton to the south to form the new District Council of Clare and Gilbert Valleys.


  1. ^ a b c d e Hosking, P.; Universal Publicity Company (1936), The Official civic record of South Australia : centenary year, 1936, Universal Publicity Company, pp. 201–203, retrieved 10 November 2017, The district was proclaimed a district council area on 20th July, 1853 [...] Included in the Municipality and District areas there is a population of approximately 5,800 persons, who are accommodated in 907 dwellings. The approximate area of the Corporation is 500 acres and the District 162,000 acres.
  2. ^ a b Marsden, Susan (2012), A History of South Australian Councils to 1936 (PDF), Local Government Association of South Australia
  3. ^ a b "Proclamation" (PDF). South Australian Government Gazette (29 ed.). 1853: 470. 21 July 1853. Retrieved 13 November 2017. [...] Bounded on the south and south-east by the Counties of Gawler and Light; on the east and west, by the east and west boundaries respectively of the Hundreds of Upper Wakefield and Clare; and on the north by the boundary of the Hundred of Clare. And I do hereby appoint E. B. Gleeson, William Slater, Dr. Webb, Anton Sotolowsky, and Patrick Butler, to be the first District Council of the said District of Clare. [...]
  4. ^ "NEWS OF THE WEEK". South Australian Chronicle And Weekly Mail. XII, (617). South Australia. 11 June 1870. p. 10. Retrieved 13 November 2017 – via National Library of Australia. The Northern Argus records the death of Dr. Charles Hamilton Webb, at Clare, on the 9th instant, in his 52nd year. "In all movements," says the Argus, "for the benefit of the town and district Dr. Webb took a prominent part; and no better proof of the high estimation in which he was held by his fellow townsman could be given than the fact of his election in November last to the office of Mayor, previously held by the late lamented Mr. E. B. Gleeson. [...]
  5. ^ Matthews, Penny (1986), South Australia, the civic record, 1836–1986, Wakefield Press, ISBN 978-0-949268-82-2