City of Williamstown

The City of Williamstown was a Local Government Area located about southwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The city covered an area of , and existed from 1856 until 1994.


Williamstown was first incorporated as a borough on 14 March 1856. It became a town on 2 April 1886, and was proclaimed a City on 17 May 1919. In May 1962, it annexed from the Shire of Altona.

On 15 December 1994, along with nearly all other councils in Victoria, the City of Williamstown was abolished and merged into the newly-created City of Hobsons Bay along with the City of Altona and a couple of small neighbouring areas.

Town Hall

Council meetings were held in a variety of locations in Williamstown until a permanent home was constructed. In its early years, the council met at the Police Court as well as a rented property in Nelson Place and later at the newly-erected Court House. In 1869 the council took over the Town Hall in Thompson Street, finally moving to the purpose-built municipal building in Ferguson Street, known as Williamstown Town Hall, which was officially opened in 1927. The facility is still used for council meetings by the City of Hobsons Bay, although not as much as its Altona counterpart.

Electricity supply

Commencing in 1916, the municipality ran its own electricity supply utility for a number of years, the first customer being connected in July, 1917. After six months in operation, it had around 400 customers, increasing to around 5,600 by 1934.


On 28 October 1887, the City of Williamstown was subdivided into four wards:

  • South Ward
  • North Ward
  • Centre Ward
  • Victoria Ward

At dissolution, each ward elected three councillors.



Year Population
1954 29,313
1958 31,100*
1961 30,962
1966 30,416
1971 30,055
1976 26,427
1981 25,554
1986 23,287
1991 25,947
* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


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