Shire of Oxley

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Shire of Oxley
Old lga Oxley.png
Location in Victoria
Population 5,310 (1992)[1]
 • Density 1.9038/km2 (4.931/sq mi)
Established 1862
Area 2,789.2 km2 (1,076.9 sq mi)
Council seat Wangaratta
County Delatite
LGAs around Shire of Oxley:
Wangaratta (C) Wangaratta (S) Beechworth
Benalla Shire of Oxley Myrtleford
Mansfield Mansfield Maffra
Oxley Shire Hall

The Shire of Oxley was a local government area in Victoria, Australia, immediately to the south of the city of Wangaratta, which housed the shire's council chambers. Oxley covered an area of 2,789.2 square kilometres (1,076.92 sq mi), and existed from 1862 until 1994.


The Oxley Road District was incorporated on 21 November 1862, and became a shire on 12 December 1865 after changes to local government legislation. Subsequently, it was divided into Eastern, Central and Western ridings, each of which elected three councillors.[2] On 18 November 1994, the Shire was annexed into what eventually became the Rural City of Wangaratta.

The councillors of the Oxley Shire commissioned Graham Jones to prepare a history of the shire which was published in 1995 as "Memories of Oxley".



Year Population
1954 4,393
1958 4,570*
1961 5,229
1966 5,356
1971 5,595
1976 4,974
1981 4,860
1986 4,916
1991 5,047

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 53. ISSN 0067-1223. 
  2. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 803–804.  Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.

Coordinates: 36°27′S 146°19′E / 36.450°S 146.317°E / -36.450; 146.317