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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.


  • Family
  • 1892 - 1982

Stephen Thomas Woodward (1858-1935) and Florence Elizabeth Woodward (1861 - 1946 nee Hopton) were married in Geelong in 1885 and had three children: Florence Agnes Woodward (1886 - 1946 married Wilmot), Violet Louise Woodward (1887 - 1951 married Portch) and Hubert Stephen Hopton Woodward (1892 - 1982).

Stephen Thomas Woodward was a coach builder in Corio Street, Geelong. His son Hubert Stephen Hopton Woodward attended Flinders State School and studied engineering at Geelong Gordon College from 1908-1911. After graduating, he worked at R.W Hill Engineer’s in South Geelong. In 1916, Hubert Woodward travelled to England and worked in an ammunitions factory in Sheffield during the First World War. He married Kate Buttery (1891-1974) and returned to Geelong to work in the engineering firm, Humble & Sons Vulcan Foundry in Little Malop Street.

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