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Shire of Bulla

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Shire of Bulla
Location in Victoria
Population42,500 (1992)[1]
 • Density100.67/km2 (260.73/sq mi)
Area422.17 km2 (163.0 sq mi)
Council seatSunbury
RegionNorthwest Melbourne
LGAs around Shire of Bulla:
Gisborne Romsey Kilmore
Gisborne Shire of Bulla Whittlesea
Melton Keilor Broadmeadows

The Shire of Bulla was a local government area located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) northwest of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The shire covered an area of 422.17 square kilometres (163.0 sq mi), and existed from 1862 until 1994.


The Bulla Road District was created on 16 September 1862. It became a shire on 9 March 1866. It gained some territory from the Shire of Broadmeadows in 1955, including then-rural areas such as Craigieburn.[2] The Shire Offices were transferred from Bulla to Sunbury in 1956.[3]

On 15 December 1994, the Shire of Bulla was abolished, and, along with sections of the City of Broadmeadows north of the Western Ring Road and parts of the Cities of Keilor and Whittlesea, was merged into the newly created City of Hume.[4]

Council met at the Shire Offices, in Sunbury. The facility is used today by the City of Hume, Western Water and VicRoads.


The Shire of Bulla was divided into four ridings on 1 April 1985, each of which elected three councillors:

  • Bulla Riding
  • Craigieburn Riding
  • Sunbury East Riding
  • Sunbury West Riding

Suburbs and localities


Year Population
1871 2,234
1947 2,656
1954 3,232
1958 4,020*+
1961 4,824
1966 5,711
1971 8,243
1976 13,399
1981 18,624
1986 28,347
1991 39,301

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.
+ Includes population gained from City of Broadmeadows in 1955.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 49. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 612–613. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. ^ Monash University (1999). "Australian Places - Bulla". Archived from the original on 20 December 2002. Retrieved 4 January 2008.
  4. ^ 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. 7. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 16 December 2007.

Coordinates: 37°35′S 144°43′E / 37.583°S 144.717°E / -37.583; 144.717

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