Shire of Heywood

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Shire of Heywood
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Location in Victoria
Population 7,500 (1992)[1]
 • Density 1.993/km2 (5.16/sq mi)
Established 1856
Area 3,764 km2 (1,453.3 sq mi)
Council seat Heywood
County Normanby, Follett
Heywood Council 1994 (The Age 20-07-94).jpg
LGAs around Shire of Heywood:
Penola (SA) Glenelg Dundas
Mount Gambier (SA)
Port MacDonnell (SA)
Shire of Heywood Minhamite
Southern Ocean Portland Belfast

The Shire of Heywood was a local government area about 360 kilometres (224 mi) west-southwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 3,764 square kilometres (1,453.3 sq mi), and existed from 1856 until 1994.

It was, for most of its life, known as the Shire of Portland.


Heywood was first incorporated as the Portland Road District on 25 January 1856, which became the Shire of Portland on 8 December 1863. On 23 April 1958 and 31 May 1968, it lost parts of its area to the Town of Portland, and on 1 October 1988, it was renamed the Shire of Heywood.[2]

On 23 September 1994, the Shire of Heywood was abolished, and, along with the City of Portland and most of the Shire of Glenelg, was merged into the new Shire of Glenelg.[3]


The Shire of Heywood was divided into four ridings, each of which elected three councillors:

  • East Riding
  • South Riding
  • West Riding
  • Central Riding

Towns and localities[edit]


Year Population
1954 7,056
1958 7,370*
1961 6,982
1966 6,859
1971 6,439
1976 6,368
1981 6,791
1986 7,211
1991 7,125

* Estimate in the 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. 704–705.  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. 6,11. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.