City of Geelong

This article is about the Local Government Area. For the city of the same name, see Geelong, Victoria.
City of Geelong

Location in Victoria
Population 13,390 (1992)[1]
 • Density 999/km2 (2,588/sq mi)
Established 1849
Area 13.4 km2 (5.2 sq mi)
Council seat Geelong
County Grant
LGAs around City of Geelong:
Geelong West Corio Corio Bay
Newtown City of Geelong Bellarine
South Barwon South Barwon Bellarine

The City of Geelong was a local government area about 75 kilometres (47 mi) southwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The city covered an area of 13.4 square kilometres (5.2 sq mi), and existed from 1849 until 1993.


Geelong was the second municipality in Victoria, behind the City of Melbourne. It was established under the Geelong Incorporation Act (NSW)[2] in October 1849, and proclaimed as a town on 4 June 1858. On 8 December 1910, it was proclaimed a city.[3]

On 18 May 1993, the City of Geelong was abolished, and, along with the Cities of Geelong West and Newtown, the Rural City of Bellarine, the Shire of Corio and parts of the City of South Barwon and the Shires of Barrabool and Bannockburn, was merged into the newly created City of Greater Geelong.[4]


The City of Geelong was divided into five wards, each of which elected three councillors:


The city consisted of two parts. The main section, which included Geelong City, Breakwater, East Geelong and South Geelong, was bounded by Corio Bay to the northeast, Barwon River to the southeast, Boundary Road to the east and La Trobe Terrace to the west.

An additional section further to the north, between Victoria Street, Bell Parade and Thomson Road, included the suburb of Rippleside and part of Geelong North.


Year Population
1954 20,034
1958 20,680*
1961 18,019
1966 18,138
1971 17,836
1976 15,727
1981 14,471
1986 13,441
1991 13,036

* 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. 13 Vic. No. 40
  3. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 382–383. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  4. Public Record Office (Victoria) (2005). "Agency VA 2431 - Geelong". Retrieved 2008-04-21.

Coordinates: 38°09′S 144°21′E / 38.150°S 144.350°E / -38.150; 144.350

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