Buln Buln Shire 3821

Buln Buln Shire was proclaimed in 1878. Its original size was considerably reduced by the creation of Warragul Shire in 1881 in the east and the creation of Korumburra Shire in 1891 in the south. In 1892 and 1893, a south-western portion was annexed by Cranbourne Shire.

Drouin, 92 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, was the administrative centre. The Shire covered 1,259 square kilometres. It was about sixty kilometres from north to south, about fifteen kilometres wide in the southern half, and about thirty kilometres wide in the northern half where it extended into the Great Dividing Range.

Drouin, with over 4,000 inhabitants, was the only substantial town. The Shire had small towns at Longwarry, Neerim South and Noojee and over a dozen farming districts.

The greater part of the former Shire was cleared farmland, ranging from undulating to hilly. The soil was fertile, and dairy farming and grazing were the main activities. The northern part of the Shire was still forested areas, so timber extraction and sawmilling were carried on. The Tarago Reservoir, completed in 1969, provided water for the Mornington Peninsula.

In 1994, the Shire was amalgamated with Warragul Shire and most of Narracan Shire to form Baw Baw Shire.


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