Shire of Avon

This article is about a local government area in Victoria. For the Western Australian region, see Avon Valley or its component shires of York, Northam and Beverley.

The Shire of Avon was a Local Government Area located about north of Sale, the major regional centre in central Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of , and existed from 1864 until 1994.


Avon was first incorporated as a district on 13 September 1864, and became a shire on 10 October 1865. On 27 May 1914 and 1 October 1964, it annexed parts of the Shire of Bairnsdale, and on 2 May 1917 it annexed part of the eastern riding of the Shire of Maffra. During 1966 and 1967, parts of its area were annexed to the City of Sale.

On 2 December 1994, the Shire was abolished, and merged with Shire of Alberton, Shire of Maffra, City of Sale and most of Shire of Rosedale into the Shire of Wellington.


Avon was divided into three ridings, each of which elected three councillors:

  • South Riding
  • Central Riding
  • North Riding

Towns and Localities

  • Stratford
  • Airly
  • Cobains
  • Clydebank
  • Crooked River
  • Dargo
  • Hollands Landing
  • Llowalong


Year Population
1954 3,215
1958 3,400*
1961 3,295
1966 3,237
1971 3,090
1976 3,000
1981 3,520
1986 3,859
1991 4,025
* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


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