Shire of Murray
|Shire of Murray
|• Density||10.0941/km2 (26.1437/sq mi)|
|Area||1,710.1 km2 (660.3 sq mi)|
|Website||Shire of Murray|
The Shire of Murray is a local government area of Western Australia. It has an area of 1,710.1 square kilometres (660.3 sq mi) and is located in the Peel Region about 80 kilometres (50 mi) south of the Perth central business district.
The Shire extends from the coast at Lake Clifton across the Peel Inlet and the Swan Coastal Plain into the Darling Scarp, including about 77,000 hectares (190,000 acres) of State forests. Timber logging and agriculture were the traditional enterprises of the district. However, in recent decades, bauxite mining and a significant equine and tourism industry have emerged. The Murray River flows all year throughout the district. It offers premier country racing and trotting facilities, a golf course and an array of festivals and events.
The Shire is centred on the town of Pinjarra, one of the oldest towns in Western Australia where a number of 19th century mud brick buildings are still in use today.
The area was first settled in 1834 by Sir Thomas Peel.
On 7 November 1868, the Murray District Roads Committee had its first meeting in Pinjarra. The Murray Road District was gazetted on 25 January 1871. On 1 July 1961, it became the Shire of Murray.
Suburbs and towns
Bold denotes major settlements
- At the 1954 census, Mandurah, which had seceded from Murray, had a population of 1,687.
- John McLarty, Murray Roads Board member 1870; later a state MP
- Edward McLarty, Murray Roads Board member 1875–1915; also a state MP
- William Paterson, Murray Roads Board member 1875–1895; also a state MP
- "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
- "MURRAY DISTRICT ROAD COMMITTEE.". The Inquirer And Commercial News. XXXI, (1,565). Western Australia. 25 November 1868. p. 3. Retrieved 26 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.