County of Bourke, Victoria


Location in Victoria
Lands administrative divisions around Bourke:
Talbot Dalhousie Anglesey
Grant Bourke Evelyn
Grant Port Phillip Mornington
1866 map of Bourke County showing the parishes
1885 map of Bourke County (pink)
1886 map of Bourke County

The County of Bourke is one of the 37 counties of Victoria which are part of the Lands administrative divisions of Australia, used for land titles. It is the oldest and most populous county in Victoria and contains the city of Melbourne. Like other counties in Victoria, it is subdivided into parishes. The county was named after Richard Bourke, the governor of New South Wales between 1831 and 1837.[1] It is bordered by the Werribee River in the west, the Great Dividing Range in the north, Port Phillip in the south, and by Dandenong Creek, a small part of the Yarra River, and the Plenty River in the east.

Unlike counties in England and in the United States, Australian counties serve no administrative or political function. Rather, counties exist for purposes of land ownership. For example, property titles in Lands administrative divisions of Australia are often listed as being situated within a parish and county. For political subdivisions, Australia employs the Local Government Area (LGA) system — which includes shires, districts, and city councils — as the third and lowest tier of government (the States and territories of Australia being the second tier and the Federal Government being the highest tier).

The Melbourne and County of Bourke Police was the name for the police force in the area before 1853. The County of Bourke was used on the name of the electoral roll in 1845.[2] There was also the Bourke County Court in the 1850s,[3] which became the County Court of Victoria. Melbourne is also referenced as being in "Bourke county" in the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition.[4]


Following is a list of parishes within the County of Bourke. Many of the links below link to a modern suburb or town, which is situated within the parish. In most cases, the parish itself is much bigger than the modern suburb or town.

Several of the parishes are also part of a neighbouring county. For example, Bylands, Forbes, Goldie, Lancefield and Newham parishes are located in the County of Bourke as well as the County of Dalhousie. Morang, Toorourrong and Yan Yean parishes are in the County of Bourke as well as the County of Evelyn. Finally, Ballan parish is situated within both the County of Bourke and the County of Grant.

Parish LGA Coordinates Ref Map
Blackwood Shire of Moorabool 37°29′57″S 144°19′25″E / 37.49917°S 144.32361°E / -37.49917; 144.32361 (Blackwood) Vicnames
Bollinda City of Hume 37°31′57″S 144°47′59″E / 37.53250°S 144.79972°E / -37.53250; 144.79972 (Bollinda) Vicnames
Boroondara City of Boroondara 37°48′47″S 145°04′04″E / 37.81306°S 145.06778°E / -37.81306; 145.06778 (Boroondara) Vicnames
Bulla Bulla City of Hume 37°36′05″S 144°48′42″E / 37.60139°S 144.81167°E / -37.60139; 144.81167 (Bulla Bulla) Vicnames
Bulleen City of Manningham 37°45′59″S 145°09′11″E / 37.76639°S 145.15306°E / -37.76639; 145.15306 (Bulleen) Vicnames
Bullengarook Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°30′22″S 144°30′49″E / 37.50611°S 144.51361°E / -37.50611; 144.51361 (Bullengarook) Vicnames
Buttlejorrk City of Hume 37°32′09″S 144°41′21″E / 37.53583°S 144.68917°E / -37.53583; 144.68917 (Buttlejorrk) Vicnames
Bylands Shire of Mitchell 37°20′44″S 144°58′25″E / 37.34556°S 144.97361°E / -37.34556; 144.97361 (Bylands) Vicnames
Chintin Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°22′36″S 144°51′11″E / 37.37667°S 144.85306°E / -37.37667; 144.85306 (Chintin) Vicnames
Coimadai Shire of Moorabool 37°34′34″S 144°27′25″E / 37.57611°S 144.45694°E / -37.57611; 144.45694 (Coimadai) Vicnames
Coornmill Shire of Moorabool 37°29′20″S 144°25′33″E / 37.48889°S 144.42583°E / -37.48889; 144.42583 (Coornmill) Vicnames
Cut Paw Paw City of Maribyrnong 37°48′32″S 144°52′29″E / 37.80889°S 144.87472°E / -37.80889; 144.87472 (Cut Paw Paw) Vicnames
Dandenong City of Greater Dandenong 37°58′18″S 145°11′28″E / 37.97167°S 145.19111°E / -37.97167; 145.19111 (Dandenong) Vicnames
Darraweit Guim Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°28′00″S 144°53′41″E / 37.46667°S 144.89472°E / -37.46667; 144.89472 (Darraweit Guim) Vicnames
Derrimut City of Melton 37°46′46″S 144°45′03″E / 37.77944°S 144.75083°E / -37.77944; 144.75083 (Derrimut) Vicnames
Deutgam City of Wyndham 37°55′17″S 144°43′42″E / 37.92139°S 144.72833°E / -37.92139; 144.72833 (Deutgam) Vicnames
Djerriwarrh City of Melton 37°40′36″S 144°33′44″E / 37.67667°S 144.56222°E / -37.67667; 144.56222 (Djerriwarrh) Vicnames
Doutta Galla City of Moonee Valley 37°44′56″S 144°54′30″E / 37.74889°S 144.90833°E / -37.74889; 144.90833 (Doutta Galla) Vicnames
Forbes Shire of Mitchell 37°18′48″S 144°53′16″E / 37.31333°S 144.88778°E / -37.31333; 144.88778 (Forbes) Vicnames
Gisborne Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°29′04″S 144°36′01″E / 37.48444°S 144.60028°E / -37.48444; 144.60028 (Gisborne) Vicnames
Goldie Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°14′31″S 144°49′32″E / 37.24194°S 144.82556°E / -37.24194; 144.82556 (Goldie) Vicnames
Jika Jika City of Darebin 37°45′02″S 144°59′28″E / 37.75056°S 144.99111°E / -37.75056; 144.99111 (Jika Jika) Vicnames
Havelock Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°27′16″S 144°48′53″E / 37.45444°S 144.81472°E / -37.45444; 144.81472 (Havelock) Vicnames
Holden City of Melton 37°37′06″S 144°42′29″E / 37.61833°S 144.70806°E / -37.61833; 144.70806 (Holden) Vicnames
Jika Jika City of Whittlesea 37°45′02″S 144°59′28″E / 37.75056°S 144.99111°E / -37.75056; 144.99111 (Jika Jika) Vicnames
Kalkallo City of Whittlesea 37°33′02″S 144°59′51″E / 37.55056°S 144.99750°E / -37.55056; 144.99750 (Kalkallo) Vicnames
Keelbundora City of Darebin 37°42′53″S 145°03′45″E / 37.71472°S 145.06250°E / -37.71472; 145.06250 (Keelbundora) Vicnames
Kerrie Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°26′00″S 144°41′44″E / 37.43333°S 144.69556°E / -37.43333; 144.69556 (Kerrie) Vicnames
Korkuperrimul Shire of Moorabool 37°39′09″S 144°24′08″E / 37.65250°S 144.40222°E / -37.65250; 144.40222 (Korkuperrimul) Vicnames
Kororoit City of Melton 37°41′50″S 144°38′48″E / 37.69722°S 144.64667°E / -37.69722; 144.64667 (Kororoit) Vicnames
Lancefield Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°17′01″S 144°44′47″E / 37.28361°S 144.74639°E / -37.28361; 144.74639 (Lancefield) Vicnames
Macedon Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°24′36″S 144°33′51″E / 37.41000°S 144.56417°E / -37.41000; 144.56417 (Macedon) Vicnames
Maribyrnong City of Brimbank 37°42′45″S 144°46′40″E / 37.71250°S 144.77778°E / -37.71250; 144.77778 (Maribyrnong) Vicnames
Melbourne North City of Yarra 37°47′59″S 144°58′46″E / 37.79972°S 144.97944°E / -37.79972; 144.97944 (Melbourne North) Vicnames
Melbourne South City of Port Phillip 37°50′11″S 144°57′25″E / 37.83639°S 144.95694°E / -37.83639; 144.95694 (Melbourne South) Vicnames
Merriang City of Whittlesea 37°28′46″S 145°00′27″E / 37.47944°S 145.00750°E / -37.47944; 145.00750 (Merriang) Vicnames
Merrimu Shire of Moorabool 37°39′13″S 144°29′34″E / 37.65361°S 144.49278°E / -37.65361; 144.49278 (Merrimu) Vicnames
Mickleham City of Hume 37°32′26″S 144°53′50″E / 37.54056°S 144.89722°E / -37.54056; 144.89722 (Mickleham) Vicnames
Monegeetta Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°22′46″S 144°45′34″E / 37.37944°S 144.75944°E / -37.37944; 144.75944 (Monegeetta) Vicnames
Moorabbin City of Kingston 37°56′29″S 145°02′30″E / 37.94139°S 145.04167°E / -37.94139; 145.04167 (Moorabbin) Vicnames
Moorarbool East Shire of Moorabool 37°29′49″S 144°13′11″E / 37.49694°S 144.21972°E / -37.49694; 144.21972 (Moorarbool East) Vicnames
Morang City of Whittlesea 37°38′09″S 145°05′26″E / 37.63583°S 145.09056°E / -37.63583; 145.09056 (Morang) Vicnames
Mordialloc City of Kingston 37°57′32″S 145°07′15″E / 37.95889°S 145.12083°E / -37.95889; 145.12083 (Mordialloc) Vicnames
Mulgrave City of Monash 37°53′18″S 145°08′52″E / 37.88833°S 145.14778°E / -37.88833; 145.14778 (Mulgrave) Vicnames
Myrniong Shire of Moorabool 37°36′32″S 144°20′37″E / 37.60889°S 144.34361°E / -37.60889; 144.34361 (Myrniong) Vicnames
Nunawading City of Whitehorse 37°49′41″S 145°09′54″E / 37.82806°S 145.16500°E / -37.82806; 145.16500 (Nunawading) Vicnames
Prahran City of Glen Eira 37°52′38″S 145°02′28″E / 37.87722°S 145.04111°E / -37.87722; 145.04111 (Prahran) Vicnames
Pywheitjorrk City of Melton 37°46′09″S 144°38′19″E / 37.76917°S 144.63861°E / -37.76917; 144.63861 (Pywheitjorrk) Vicnames
Rochford Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°18′44″S 144°40′53″E / 37.31222°S 144.68139°E / -37.31222; 144.68139 (Rochford) Vicnames
Springfield Shire of Macedon Ranges 37°19′29″S 144°48′55″E / 37.32472°S 144.81528°E / -37.32472; 144.81528 (Springfield) Vicnames
Tarneit City of Wyndham 37°50′47″S 144°40′38″E / 37.84639°S 144.67722°E / -37.84639; 144.67722 (Tarneit) Vicnames
Toorourrong City of Whittlesea 37°29′31″S 145°06′52″E / 37.49194°S 145.11444°E / -37.49194; 145.11444 (Toorourrong) Vicnames
Truganina City of Hobsons Bay 37°51′01″S 144°47′06″E / 37.85028°S 144.78500°E / -37.85028; 144.78500 (Truganina) Vicnames
Tullamarine City of Hume 37°40′33″S 144°50′45″E / 37.67583°S 144.84583°E / -37.67583; 144.84583 (Tullamarine) Vicnames
Wallan Wallan Shire of Mitchell 37°25′22″S 145°03′43″E / 37.42278°S 145.06194°E / -37.42278; 145.06194 (Wallan Wallan) Vicnames
Will Will Rook City of Hume 37°41′15″S 144°56′30″E / 37.68750°S 144.94167°E / -37.68750; 144.94167 (Will Will Rook) Vicnames
Wollert City of Whittlesea 37°37′28″S 145°00′05″E / 37.62444°S 145.00139°E / -37.62444; 145.00139 (Wollert) Vicnames
Yangardook City of Melton 37°36′02″S 144°35′35″E / 37.60056°S 144.59306°E / -37.60056; 144.59306 (Yangardook) Vicnames
Yuroke City of Hume 37°36′53″S 144°54′35″E / 37.61472°S 144.90972°E / -37.61472; 144.90972 (Yuroke) Vicnames

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Coordinates: 37°35′S 144°50′E / 37.583°S 144.833°E / -37.583; 144.833

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