Shire of Bacchus Marsh

Shire of Bacchus Marsh
Location in Victoria
Population 12,590 (1992)[1]
Established 1862
Area 565 km2 (218.1 sq mi)
Council seat Bacchus Marsh
County Bourke, Grant
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LGAs around Shire of Bacchus Marsh:
Kyneton Newham & Woodend Gisborne
Ballan Shire of Bacchus Marsh Melton
Ballan Corio Werribee

The Shire of Bacchus Marsh was a local government area about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 565 square kilometres (218.1 sq mi), and existed from 1862 until 1994.


Bacchus Marsh was first incorporated as a road district on 14 October 1862, and became a shire on 23 January 1871. On 15 March 1911, it annexed part of the Lara Riding of the Shire of Corio, and on 5 February 1921, part of the shire was annexed to the Shire of Kyneton.[2]

On 15 December 1994, the Shire of Bacchus Marsh was abolished, and, along with the Shire of Ballan, was merged into the Shire of Moorabool, which was created earlier in May 1994 after the merger of the Shire of Bungaree and parts of the Shire of Buninyong.[3]


The Shire of Bacchus Marsh was divided into four ridings in 1975, each of which elected three councillors:

  • Bacchus Riding
  • Coimadai Riding
  • Parwan Riding
  • Pentland Riding

Towns and localities


Year Population
1954 3,972
1958 4,290*
1961 4,411
1966 4,690
1971 5,083
1976 6,052
1981 7,513
1986 9,342
1991 11,854

* Estimate in 1958 Victorian Year Book.


Coordinates: 37°41′S 144°26′E / 37.683°S 144.433°E / -37.683; 144.433

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