Shire of Barrabool

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Shire of Barrabool
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Location in Victoria
Population10,470 (1992)[1]
 • Density18.203/km2 (47.146/sq mi)
Area575.18 km2 (222.1 sq mi)
Council seatTorquay
LGAs around Shire of Barrabool:
Bannockburn Bannockburn Newtown
Winchelsea Shire of Barrabool South Barwon
Winchelsea South Barwon Bass Strait

The Shire of Barrabool was a local government area about 100 kilometres (62 mi) southwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 575.18 square kilometres (222.1 sq mi), and existed from 1853 until 1994.


Barrabool was incorporated as the second road district in the colony on 28 December 1853, and became a shire on 13 June 1865. On 31 May 1927, it annexed part of the Shire of Winchelsea. Its shire offices were located on Grossmans Road, near Surf Coast Highway, Torquay, although almost all of Torquay was within the City of South Barwon.[2]

On 18 May 1993, parts of the shire were annexed to the newly created City of Greater Geelong under the premiership of Jeff Kennett.[3] On 9 March 1994, the Shire of Barrabool was abolished, and, along with the remainder of the City of South Barwon and parts of the Shire of Winchelsea, was merged into the newly created Surf Coast Shire.


The Shire of Barrabool was divided into three ridings on 26 February 1958, each of which elected three councillors:

  • Jan Juc Riding
  • Coast Riding
  • Moriac Riding

Towns and localities[edit]


Year Population
1954 1,917
1958 2,740*
1961 2,344
1966 2,903
1971 3,471
1976 4,821
1981 5,723
1986 7,185
1991 9,904

* Estimate in 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. pp. 49–52. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 590–591. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. ^ Murphy, Noel (18 April 2013). "20 years on, ex-mayors say: Mergers 'good' for city growth". Geelong Independent. Retrieved 28 January 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 38°20′S 144°19′E / 38.333°S 144.317°E / -38.333; 144.317