Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

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Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

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Bacchus Marsh is an urban centre and suburban locality in Victoria, Australia located approximately west of Melbourne and west of Melton. The population of the urban area (including suburbs) is estimated at over 17,000 people, while the central locality (suburb) is home to 5,566 people. It is the largest urban area in the local government area of Shire of Moorabool.

Officially still a town, it is traditionally a market garden area, producing a large amount of the area's fruits and vegetables. In recent times it has become a major commuter town of Melbourne, as a result of being one of the major towns in the Melbourne-Ballarat corridor just beyond the metropolitan urban growth boundary, the formerly sleepy town's population is growing rapidly due primarily to its affordable starter homes.

It was named after one of its original inhabitants, Captain William Henry Bacchus, who saw the great value of this locality as it was situated on two rivers — the Lerderderg and Werribee.



It is believed that the tribe occupying the area at the time of white settlement were the Kurung. Bacchus Marsh was a meeting ground for anywhere between 150 and 400 Aborigine even after white settlement, and corroborees were held quite...
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