Shire of Cohuna

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Shire of Cohuna
Old lga Cohuna.png
Location in Victoria
Cohuna Shire Memorial Hall
Population 4,630 (1992)[1]
 • Density 9.359/km2 (24.241/sq mi)
Established 1922
Area 494.69 km2 (191.0 sq mi)
Council seat Cohuna
County Gunbower
LGAs around Shire of Cohuna:
Kerang Wakool (NSW) Wakool (NSW)
Kerang Shire of Cohuna Murray (NSW)
Gordon Gordon Rochester

The Shire of Cohuna was a local government area on the Murray River, about 265 kilometres (165 mi) north-northwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 494.69 square kilometres (191.0 sq mi), and existed from 1922 until 1994.


Cohuna was originally part of the Swan Hill Road District, which initially covered most of northwestern Victoria. Swan Hill was incorporated on 8 July 1862, and became a shire on 14 August 1871. It was renamed the Shire of Kerang on 31 December 1898.

On 8 March 1922, parts of the North East and South East Ridings severed, and were incorporated as the Shire of Cohuna.[2]

On 20 January 1995, the Shire of Cohuna was abolished, and, along with the Borough of Kerang and the Shire of Kerang, was merged into the newly created Shire of Gannawarra.[3]


The Shire of Cohuna was divided into three wards, each of which elected three councillors:

  • Central Ward
  • East Ward
  • West Ward

Towns and localities[edit]


Year Population
1954 3,872
1958 4,190*
1961 4,435
1966 4,664
1971 4,768
1976 4,607
1981 4,505
1986 4,332
1991 4,312

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 52. ISSN 0067-1223. 
  2. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 631–632, 718–720.  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. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 

Coordinates: 35°48′S 144°12′E / 35.800°S 144.200°E / -35.800; 144.200