Proclaimed on the 24th December, 1874, Howqua Shire
takes in the mining townships of Gaffneys Creek and Jamieson on the
upper reaches of the Goulburn River, with Mansfield to the north.
Shire was named after the Howqua River, site of a goldfield (1866) and
small mining village of the same name. Howqua is in fact a locality on
the edge of Lake Eildon, near the lake junction and Howqua River. In
1894, the shire grew, absorbing Woods Point borough. The shire was then
amalgamated with Mansfield Shire in 1919, acquiring A.1. Mining
Settlement, Ten Mile, Knockwood and Matlock.
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