Belfast Shire

Belfast Shire (1863-1994) was a municipality in western Victoria centred around Port Fairy. Its name was inspired by Port Fairy's original name, which was in turn inspired by Belfast, Ireland. Port Fairy (Belfast) was a privately surveyed township, owned in the main by James Atkinson who held a Special Survey site of eight square miles adjoining the coastline. Atkinson was born in Ireland.

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