District Council of Blyth
South Australia
District Council of Blyth is located in South Australia
District Council of Blyth
District Council of Blyth
Coordinates33°50′50″S 138°29′20″E / 33.84722°S 138.48889°E / -33.84722; 138.48889
Council seatBlyth
LGAs around District Council of Blyth:
Broughton/Redhill (1935–1987)
Snowtown (1888–1987)
Hill Rivers (1888–1935)
Georgetown (1935–1987)
District Council of Hutt and Hill Rivers (1885–1935)
Spalding (1935–)
Snowtown (1889–1987) District Council of Blyth Clare (1872–1987)
Upper Wakefield (1872–1970)
Balaklava (1877–1983)
Wakefield Plains (1983–1987)
Hall (1878–1935)
Balaklava (1935–1983)
Wakefield Plains (1983–1987)
Upper Wakefield (1872–1970)
Saddleworth and Auburn (1970–1987)

The District Council of Blyth was a local government area in South Australia from 1872 to 1987 seated at Blyth in the Mid North.


The District Council of Blyth was officially proclaimed on 11 January 1872 as constituting the entirety of the Hundred of Blyth.[1] Five inaugural councillors were appointed at the time of proclamation: Edward Lawson, Henry Longmire, John Shepherd, Thomas Roberts and George Semmens.[1]

In January 1888 the council gained the Hundred of Everard under the District Councils Act 1887[2] before losing it again in September 1889 to the District Council of Snowtown.[3]

In 1935, as a result of the statewide consolidation of local government areas, the Blyth council annexed most of the Hundred of Hart (east of the Gladstone railway line) from the District Council of Hutt and Hill Rivers and the two northern wards of the District Council of Hall (Hoyleton and Woodlands).[4] From the Hutt and Hill Rivers annexation the new wards of Anama (north east) and Hart (north west) were created, and from the Hall annexation the new ward of Hoyleton (south) was created. The remainder of the new Blyth council area was to be split between three other wards: Blyth (centre east), Central (centre west), and Kybunga (centre south east).[4]

On 9 December 1987, the council was amalgamated with the District Council of Snowtown to form the new District Council of Blyth-Snowtown.[5]

Neighbouring local government

The following adjacent local government bodies co-existed with the Blyth council:


  1. ^ a b "District of Blyth" (PDF). South Australian Government Gazette. 1872 (2 ed.). Government of South Australia: 26. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  2. ^ The District Councils Act 1887 (No. 419 of 50 and 51 Vic, 1887) (SA) "DISTRICT OF BLYTH.—Comprising the heretofore existing District of Blyth and the Hundred of Everard."
  3. ^ "Proclamations—Snowtown, District—Boundaries enlarged" (PDF). South Australian Government Gazette. 1889 (44 ed.). Government of South Australia: 1351. 26 September 1889. Retrieved 26 June 2017. [...] the whole of the hundred of Everard heretofore forming the North Everard ward and the South Everard ward of the district of Blyth shall be severed from the said district of Blyth and annexed to the district of Snowtown [...]
  4. ^ a b "LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS (RE-ARRANGEMENT) ACTS, 1929 AND 1931" (PDF). South Australian Government Gazette. 1935 (13 ed.). Government of South Australia: 859-863. 21 March 1935. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  5. ^ "LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 1934: SECTION 7: AMALGAMATION OF THE DISTRICT COUNCIL OF BLYTH AND THE DISTRICT COUNCIL OF SNOWTOWN" (PDF). South Australian Government Gazette. 1987 (38 ed.): 57. 9 July 1987. Retrieved 28 June 2017. [...] the District Council of Blyth and the District Council of Snowtown ("the existing councils") will be amalgamated to [...] the amalgamation will take effect on 8 December, 1987. [...]