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.

Shire of Murray
Western Australia
Population17,262 (2015)[1]
 • Density10.0941/km2 (26.1437/sq mi)
Established1868
Area1,710.1 km2 (660.3 sq mi)
Council seatPinjarra
RegionPeel region
Outer Mandurah
State electorate(s)Murray-Wellington
Federal Division(s)Canning
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WebsiteShire of Murray
LGAs around Shire of Murray:
Rockingham Serpentine- Jarrahdale Wandering
Mandurah Shire of Murray Boddington
Waroona Waroona Boddington

The Shire extends 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.

HistoryEdit

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.[2] The Murray Road District was gazetted on 25 January 1871. On 1 July 1961, it became the Shire of Murray.

Suburbs and townsEdit

PopulationEdit

Year Population
1911 2,199
1921 3,400
1933 4,060
1947 4,118
1954 3,897
1961 3,592
1966 3,329
1971 4,061
1976 5,035
1981 6,306
1986 6,634
1991 8,157
1996 9,144
2001 10,035
2006 11,969
2011 14,149
  • At the 1954 census, Mandurah, which had seceded from Murray, had a population of 1,687.

Notable councillorsEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ "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.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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Coordinates: 32°37′48″S 115°52′16″E / 32.630°S 115.871°E / -32.630; 115.871