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Shire of Nathalia

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Population  3,520 (1992)
County  Moira
Area  1,239 kmĀ²
Council seat  Nathalia
Established  1879
Shire of Nathalia  Numurkah
Founded  1879
Shire of Nathalia

The Shire of Nathalia was a local government area on the Murray River in the Goulburn Valley region about 220 kilometres (137 mi) north of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 1,238.97 square kilometres (478.4 sq mi), and existed from 1879 until 1994.



Nathalia was once part of the vast Echuca Road District, formed in 1864 and a shire from 1871, which extended along the south bank of the Murray River from Mount Hope Creek in the west to the Ovens River in the east.

It was first incorporated in its own right as the Shire of Shepparton on 30 May 1879. The southeastern section containing Shepparton itself split away on 18 September 1884, and was initially known as the Shire of South Shepparton. On 11 April 1885 the Shire of Shepparton was renamed Numurkah, and South Shepparton was renamed Shepparton some months later. On 30 May 1892, Numurkah annexed the Moira Ward of Echuca, setting the shire's southwestern boundary at the Goulburn River.

Some acrimony developed between the towns of Nathalia and Numurkah, which ended in 1957 with the Shire being renamed Nathalia, and the Shire of Numurkah severing and incorporating on 30 May 1957. The Shire, with an estimated population of 3,650 in 1958, did not grow significantly between then and its amalgamation.

On 18 November 1994, the Shire was abolished, and merged with the Shires of Cobram, Numurkah, Tungamah and Yarrawonga into the Shire of Moira.


Nathalia was divided into four ridings on 30 May 1957, each of which elected three councillors:

  • Broken Riding
  • Goulburn Riding
  • Murray Riding
  • Yalca Riding
  • Towns and localities

  • Nathalia
  • Barmah
  • Kaarimba
  • Kotupna
  • Picola
  • Waaia
  • Yalca
  • Yielima
  • Population

    * Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.
    + The combined population for Numurkah and Nathalia in 1958 is given as 8,850.


    Shire of Nathalia Wikipedia

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