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Warrenbeen Station

  • Corporate body
  • c.1840s - current

Warrenbeen Station was part of the early wool industry in the Geelong region, situated on the Shelford Rokewood Road, running merino sheep across 40,000 acres.

The station was part of the land leases of crown land in the early 1800s with a succession of lease holders.

Major WD Mercer held the property from 1842-1846. It was then leased and owned by Major John Bell, resident of Bell Park, Geelong. It was noted in Major Bell's obituary on 29 Jan 1876 that he had owned Warrenbeen station.

The station was later known by the names Warrambine and Warrambeen and is currently in existence as Warrambeen Estate.

Weatherboard Station

  • Corporate body
  • c.1830s - ?

From the late 1830's the weatherboard station pastoral run, which was owned by the Derwent Company, was located on both sides of the Barwon river near Inverleigh.

In 1854 it was subdivided into Weatherboard No.1 on the north side of the river and Weatherboard No.2 on the south side. Weatherboard No.1 became the property in 1856 of William Berthon. He kept journals of his time on the property from 1864 until 1875, which are now part of the Geelong Heritage Centre collection.

The original Weatherboard property was a prefabricated iron house imported from England in the 1850s, manufactured by John Walker of Millwall, Poplar in London. These prefabricated houses have both architectural and historical significance.

Winchelsea Shire Council

  • Corporate body
  • 1860 - 1994

Winchelsea was created a District on 9 November 1860. It was proclaimed a Shire on 27 May 1864. It was redefined on 7 November 1890. It was re-subdivided into four ridings on 26 February 1889. It was part severed and constituted as part of Otway Shire on 6 May 1919. It was redefined by a part being severed and annexed to Barrabool Shire on 31 May 1927. Riding boundaries were redefined in July 1959. A part was severed and annexed to Otway Shire on 1 October 1963. It was enlarged and redefined by annexation of an area of land from the Shire of Barrabool on 1 April 1989. It was re-subdivided into three ridings on 1 April 1989. Local Government Reform 1993-1995 Winchelsea Shire amalgamated with Barrabool Shire and severances from the City of Greater Geelong and Colac Shire to create Surf Coast Shire on 9 March 1994. This occurred as part of a statewide program of local government reform enacted between 1993 and 1995. The reform process reduced the number of councils from 210 to 78.

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