13 Facts About Bacchus Marsh


Bacchus Marsh is an urban centre and suburban locality in Victoria, Australia located approximately 50 kilometres north west of the state capital Melbourne and 14 kilometres west of Melton at a near equidistance to the major cities of Melbourne, Ballarat and Geelong.

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Bacchus Marsh is the largest urban area in the local government area of Shire of Moorabool.

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Bacchus Marsh is on the border between the Woiwurrung and Wathaurong territories of the Kulin Nation.

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Bacchus Marsh was a meeting ground for anywhere between 150 and 400 Aboriginals even after white settlement, and corroborees were held quite regularly.

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Captain Bacchus Marsh credited Clarke as being the first man to shear sheep in Victoria, although the Hentys had arrived in Portland with their sheep some two years earlier.

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Bacchus Marsh built a hut on the west bank of the Lerderderg River near Darley, and lived there until early 1838.

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Captain Bacchus Marsh died in 1849 and was buried in what later became the grounds of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Gisborne Road.

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Bacchus Marsh was created a district on 14 October 1862, and the Road Board was the governing body until the Shire of Bacchus Marsh was proclaimed on 23 January 1871.

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In 1994 the Shire of Bacchus Marsh was amalgamated with the Shire of Ballan and parts of the Shires of Bungaree and Werribee to form the Shire of Moorabool.

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Bacchus Marsh contains a number of heritage listed sites, including:.

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Bacchus Marsh Airfield provides for general aviation and the area is home to a flying school and three gliding clubs.

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One of Bacchus Marsh's principal recreation areas is Maddingley Park, which is a favourite picnic destination for both locals and visitors.

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Bacchus Marsh Airfield is home to the largest site in Australia for recreational gliding.

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