Shire of Mornington (Victoria)

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This article is about a local government area in Victoria which existed prior to the 1994 amalgamation. For the current entity, see Shire of Mornington Peninsula. For the current local government area in Queensland, see Shire of Mornington (Queensland).
Shire of Mornington
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Location in Melbourne
Population 32,800 (1992)[1]
 • Density 107.68/km2 (278.9/sq mi)
Established 1893
Area 304.6 km2 (117.6 sq mi)
Council seat Mornington
Region Mornington Peninsula
County Mornington
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LGAs around Shire of Mornington:
Port Phillip Port Phillip Frankston
Port Phillip Shire of Mornington Hastings
Flinders Flinders Hastings

The Shire of Mornington was a local government area about 50 kilometres (31 mi) south of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia, encompassing the western extremity of the Mornington Peninsula. The shire covered an area of 90.65 square kilometres (35.0 sq mi) immediately to the south of Frankston, and existed from 1960 until 1994.


The Mount Eliza Road District (centred on Frankston) was created on 6 November 1860, and became a shire on 24 November 1871. On 31 May 1893, it was renamed the Shire of Frankston and Hastings, while its western riding was severed and named New Mornington, to avoid confusion with the previous entity. On 19 January 1894, it was renamed the Shire of Mornington.[2]

On 15 December 1994, the Shire of Mornington was abolished, and, along with the Shires of Shire of Flinders and Hastings and parts of the City of Frankston, was merged into the newly created Shire of Mornington Peninsula.[3] The Age reported in July 1994 that the result had been supported by Hastings and Mornington councils from the beginning, but opposed by Flinders, which wanted to merge with the southern coastal section of Hastings.[4]

Council formerly met at the Shire Hall, at Queen Street and Vancouver Street, Mornington. The facility is used today as a civic centre and library by the Shire of Mornington Peninsula.


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

  • Mornington North Riding
  • Mornington South Riding
  • Mount Eliza Riding
  • Mount Martha Riding

Suburbs and localities[edit]


Year Population
1954 5,793
1958 7,540*
1961 7,819
1966 10,214
1971 14,289
1976 20,206
1981 23,512
1986 27,397
1991 29,958

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 49. ISSN 0067-1223. 
  2. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 769–770.  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. 10. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  4. ^ Neales, Sue (27 July 1994). "Crunch time for councils in south and south-east". The Age. p. 8. 

Coordinates: 38°13′S 145°03′E / 38.217°S 145.050°E / -38.217; 145.050