Shire of Rodney

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Shire of Rodney
Old lga Rodney.png
Location in Victoria
Population 16,110 (1992)[1]
 • Density 15.952/km2 (41.315/sq mi)
Established 1886
Area 1,009.92 km2 (389.9 sq mi)
Council seat Tatura
County Rodney
Rodney Council 1994 (Age13-08-94).jpg
LGAs around Shire of Rodney:
Deakin Nathalia Shepparton
Deakin Shire of Rodney Shepparton
Waranga Goulburn Euroa

The Shire of Rodney was a local government area in the Goulburn Valley region, about 170 kilometres (106 mi) north of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia, located between Kyabram and Shepparton. The shire covered an area of 1,009.92 square kilometres (389.9 sq mi), and existed from 1886 until 1994.


Rodney was initially part of the Waranga Road District, which was incorporated in 1863, and became a shire two years later. The Shire of Rodney was severed and incorporated on 19 March 1886.[2] Following the secession of the Town of Kyabram on 1 April 1954, the eastern part of the shire, adjoining Shepparton and centred on Mooroopna, which had become home to the Ardmona fruit cannery in 1922, unsuccessfully attempted to secede from Rodney, a move driven by the town's Chamber of Commerce.[3]

On 18 November 1994, the Shire of Rodney was abolished, and, along with the City of Shepparton and the Shire of Shepparton and some neighbouring districts, was merged into the newly created City of Greater Shepparton. The Kyabram hinterland and some land around Lake Waranga were transferred to the newly created Shire of Campaspe.[4]


The riding boundaries of Rodney were changed and renamed in 1988. This brought about a general spill of the council, and at an election in August of that year, the following nine councilors were elected:

  • North Riding; Councilors Ted Davis, John McKellar and Cheryl Phillips
  • Central Riding; Councilors Tom Perry, John Gray and Kevin Walker
  • South Riding; Councilors Kevin Ryan, Andrew Crawford and Ian Coldwell

Towns and localities[edit]


Year Population
1954 9,181
1958 10,220*
1961 10,635
1966 11,854
1971 12,406
1976 13,402
1981 14,116
1986 14,700
1991 15,269

* 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. 817–818.  Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. ^ Monash University (1999). "Australian Places - Mooroopna". Archived from the original on 2003-01-22. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  4. ^ 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. 5,7. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 

Coordinates: 36°26′S 145°14′E / 36.433°S 145.233°E / -36.433; 145.233