Shire of Chiltern

The Shire of Chiltern was a local government area located about 280 kilometres (174 mi) north-northeast of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 501.64 square kilometres (193.7 sq mi), and existed from 1862 until 1994.

Shire of Chiltern
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Location in Victoria
Former Municipal offices
Population2,770 (1992)[1]
 • Density5.522/km2 (14.302/sq mi)
Area501.64 km2 (193.7 sq mi)
Council seatChiltern
LGAs around Shire of Chiltern:
Rutherglen Greater Hume (NSW) Greater Hume (NSW)
Rutherglen Shire of Chiltern Wodonga
Wangaratta Beechworth Yackandandah


Chiltern was first incorporated as a road district on 1 December 1862, and became a shire on 11 May 1874. It annexed the Barnawartha Ward from the Shire of Yackandandah on 14 May 1913, and the Lilliput Ward from the Shire of Rutherglen in February 1917. On 10 October 1989, it also annexed parts of the Belvoir Ward of the Rural City of Wodonga.[2]

On 18 November 1994, the Shire of Chiltern was abolished, and, along with parts of the Shires of Beechworth, Rutherglen and Yackandandah, was merged into the newly created Shire of Indigo. However, the Barnawartha North region was annexed to the Rural City of Wodonga.[3]


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

  • Barnawartha Riding
  • Chiltern Riding
  • Indigo Riding

Towns and localitiesEdit


Year Population
1954 1,613
1958 1,650*
1961 1,652
1966 1,521
1971 1,400
1976 1,543
1981 1,959
1986 2,215
1991 2,628

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. pp. 49–52. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 627–628. 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. 8,12. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 5 January 2008.

Coordinates: 36°09′S 146°36′E / 36.150°S 146.600°E / -36.150; 146.600