City of Colac

City of Colac

Location in Victoria
Population 9,990 (1992)[1]
 • Density 918.2/km2 (2,378.1/sq mi)
Established 1938
Area 10.88 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Council seat Colac
County Polwarth

The City of Colac was a local government area about 150 kilometres (93 mi) west-southwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The city covered an area of 10.88 square kilometres (4.2 sq mi), and existed from 1938 until 1994. Its area was surrounded by the separate and largely rural Shire of Colac.


Colac was originally part of the Shire of Colac, which was first incorporated as a road district on 11 May 1859, and became a shire on 10 May 1864. On 19 January 1938, the Colac Riding severed and became a self-governing borough, which then became a town on 26 May 1948. It was proclaimed as a city on 26 January 1960.[2]

On 23 September 1994, the City of Colac was abolished, and, along with the Shires of Colac and Otway and parts of the Shires of Heytesbury and Winchelsea, was merged into the newly created Colac-Otway Shire.[3]

The City of Colac was not subdivided into wards, and its seven councillors represented the entire area.


Year Population
1954 8,032
1958 8,940*
1961 9,252
1966 9,497
1971 9,679
1976 9,582
1981 9,666
1986 9,532
1991 9,171

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. pp. 49–52. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 345–346. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. p. 5. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2008-01-05.

Coordinates: 38°20′S 143°35′E / 38.333°S 143.583°E / -38.333; 143.583

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