Shire of Huntly

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Shire of Huntly
Old lga Huntly.png
Location in Victoria
Former Shire of Huntly Council Chambers
Population 4,800 (1992)[1]
 • Density 5.47/km2 (14.16/sq mi)
Established 1861
Area 878 km2 (339.0 sq mi)
Council seat Huntly
County Bendigo
LGAs around Shire of Huntly:
East Loddon Rochester Rochester
Marong Shire of Huntly Waranga
Bendigo (C) Strathfieldsaye McIvor

The Shire of Huntly was a local government area immediately to the northeast of the regional city of Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 878 square kilometres (339.0 sq mi), and existed from 1861 until 1994.

The town of Huntly is around ten kilometres north of the centre of Bendigo.


The need for a council at Huntly arose from gold and quartz mining in the area, including alluvial deposits and some deep leads in the area. Huntly was first incorporated as a road district on 10 March 1861, and became a shire on 13 July 1866.[2] From 1867 until 1977, councillors met at the Council Chambers at 620-634 Midland Highway, Huntly, but subsequently they moved into a new location.

On 7 April 1994, the Shire of Huntly was abolished, and, along with the City of Bendigo, the Borough of Eaglehawk, the Rural City of Marong and the Shire of Strathfieldsaye, was merged into the newly created City of Greater Bendigo.[3][4]


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

  • North Ward
  • South Ward
  • West Ward

Towns and localities[edit]

  • Ascot
  • Avonmore
  • Bagshot
  • Bagshot North
  • Barnadown
  • Diggora West
  • Drummartin
  • Elmore
  • Epsom
  • Fosterville
  • Goornong
  • Hunter
  • Huntly
  • Kamarooka
  • Kamarooka State Park
  • May Reef
  • Minto
  • Warragamba


Year Population
1954 2,247
1958 2,330*
1961 2,295
1966 2,333
1971 2,242
1976 2,400
1981 3,043
1986 3,896
1991 4,542

* 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. 708–709.  Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. ^ Municipal Association of Victoria (2006). "Greater Bendigo City Council". Retrieved 2008-01-08.  Date cross-checked with the Records Division, Greater Bendigo City Council.
  4. ^ Taylor, Thomas (6 April 1994). "Marong to fall in line on super council". The Age. p. 6.  Accessed via Factiva online.

Coordinates: 36°40′S 144°20′E / 36.667°S 144.333°E / -36.667; 144.333