digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. For the locality (and CBD) or the local government area, see Geelong city centre.
Geelong
View of Geelong across Corio Bay from Moorpanyal Park, 2010.jpg
Geelong viewed across Corio Bay from The Esplanade Drumcondra in 2010.
Geelong is located in Australia
Geelong
Geelong
Coordinates 38°09′0″S 144°21′0″E / 38.15000°S 144.35000°E / -38.15000; 144.35000Coordinates: 38°09′0″S 144°21′0″E / 38.15000°S 144.35000°E / -38.15000; 144.35000
Population 215,000 (2011)[1] (12th)
 • Density 1,873/km2 (4,851/sq mi)
Established 1838
Postcode(s) 3220
Area 114.8 km2 (44.3 sq mi)[2] (2011 Census UCL figure)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Location 72 km (45 mi) SW of Melbourne
LGA(s) City of Greater Geelong
County Grant
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
19.6 °C
67 °F
9.4 °C
49 °F
552.7 mm
21.8 in

The Geelong /ɨˈlɒŋ/[3][4] metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of Victoria and the largest non-capital city. Located 75 kilometres (47 mi) south-west of the state capital, Melbourne, the port city is situated around Corio Bay and the Barwon River. The metropolitan area runs from the plains of Lara in the north to the rolling hills of Waurn Ponds to the south, with the bay to the east and hills to the west, an area with an estimated population of 160,891 people.[1] It is the administrative centre for the City of Greater Geelong municipality which covers the urban and surrounding areas and is home to over 181,000 people. An inhabitant of Geelong has been known as a Geelongite, or a Pivotonian, in the past.[5]

Geelong was named in 1827, with the name derived from the local Wathaurong Aboriginal name for the region, Jillong, thought to mean "land" or "cliffs".[6] The area was first surveyed in 1838, three weeks after Melbourne. The Post Office was open by June 1840 (the second to open in the Port Phillip District).[7] The first woolstore was erected in this period and it became the port for the wool industry of the Western District.[8] During the gold rush Geelong experienced a brief boom as the main port to the rich goldfields of the Ballarat district.[9] The city then diversified into manufacturing and during the 1860s it became one of the largest manufacturing centres in Australia with its wool mills, ropeworks, and paper mills.[10]

It was proclaimed a city in 1910, with industrial growth from this time until the 1960s establishing the city as a manufacturing centre for the state,[8] and saw the population grow to over 100,000 by the mid-1960s.[11] Population increases over the last decade were due to growth in service industries,[12] as the manufacturing sector has declined. Redevelopment of the inner city has occurred since the 1990s, as well as gentrification of inner suburbs and currently has a population growth rate higher than the national average.[13]

It is known for being home to car manufacturer Ford Australia and also the Geelong Football Club, known as The Cats.[14]

History[edit]

Early history and foundation[edit]

The area of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula was originally occupied by the Wathaurong Indigenous Australian tribe.[15]

The first non-Indigenous person recorded as visiting the region was Lt. John Murray, who commanded the brig HMS Lady Nelson.[9] After anchoring outside Port Phillip Heads (the narrow entrance to Port Phillip, onto which both Geelong and Melbourne now front) on 1 February 1802 he sent a small boat with six men to explore.[16] Led by John Bowen they explored the immediate area, returning to the Lady Nelson on 4 February. On reporting favourable findings, the Lady Nelson entered Port Phillip on 14 February, and did not leave until 12 March. During this time, Murray explored the Geelong area and, whilst on the far side of the bay, claimed the entire area for Britain. He named the bay Port King, after Philip Gidley King,[16] then Governor of New South Wales. Governor King later renamed the bay Port Phillip after the first governor of New South Wales, Arthur Phillip.[17] Arriving not long after Murray was Matthew Flinders, who entered Port Phillip on 27 April 1802.[9] He charted the entire bay, including the Geelong area, believing he was the first to sight the huge expanse of water, but in a rush to reach Sydney before winter set in he left Port Phillip on 3 May.

In January 1803, Surveyor-General Charles Grimes arrived at Port Phillip in the sloop Cumberland and mapped the area, including the future site of Geelong,[16] but reported the area was unfavourable for settlement and returned to Sydney on 27 February.[18] In October of the same year, the HMS Calcutta led by Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins arrived in the bay to establish the Sullivan Bay penal colony.[16] Collins was dissatisfied with the area chosen, and sent a small party led by First Lieutenant J.H. Tuckey to investigate alternate sites.[19] The party spent 22 October to 27 October on the north shore of Corio Bay, where the first Aboriginal death at the hands of a European in Victoria occurred.[16]

The next European visit to the area was by the explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell. They reached the northern edge of Corio Bay - the area of Port Phillip that Geelong now fronts - on 16 December 1824,[20] and it was at this time they reported that the Aborigines called the area Corayo, the bay being called Jillong.[9] Hume and Hovell had been contracted to travel overland from Sydney to Port Phillip, and having achieved this they stayed the night and began their return journey two days later on 18 December.[20]

The convict William Buckley escaped from the Sullivan Bay settlement in 1803, and lived among the Wathaurong people for 32 years on the Bellarine Peninsula.[21] In 1835, John Batman used Indented Head as his base camp,[22] leaving behind several employees whilst he returned to Tasmania (then known as Van Diemen's Land) for more supplies and his family. In this same year, Buckley surrendered to the party led by John Helder Wedge and was later pardoned by Lieutenant-Governor Sir George Arthur, and subsequently given the position of interpreter to the natives.[23]

Depiction of early Geelong as a small collection of houses and paddocks by the bay.

In March 1826, three squatters, David Fisher, James Strachan and George Russell arrived on the Caledonia and settled the area.[16] Geelong was first surveyed by Assistant Surveyor, W. H. Smythe three weeks after Melbourne, and was gazetted as a town on 10 October 1838.[9] There was already a church, hotel, store and wool store, 82 houses, and the town population was 545.[9] By 1841, the first wool had been sent to England and a regular steamer service was running between Geelong and Melbourne.[22] Captain Foster Fyans was commissioned as the local Police Magistrate in 1837 and established himself on the Barwon River at the site of the area of present-day Fyansford.[24] Fyans constructed a breakwater to improve the water supply to the city by preventing the salty lower reaches from mixing with fresh water and pooling water.

The Geelong Keys were discovered around 1845 by Governor Charles La Trobe on Corio Bay. They were embedded in the stone in such a way that he believed that they had been there for 100–150 years, possibly dropped by Portuguese explorers.[25] In 1849, Fyans was nominated as the inaugural Mayor of the Geelong Town Council.[24] An early settler of Geelong, Alexander Thomson, for which the area of Thomson in East Geelong is named, settled on the Barwon River, and was Mayor of Geelong on five occasions from 1850–1858.[26]

1850s: Gold rush[edit]

Main article: Victorian gold rush
View of Geelong. 1856 oil painting by Eugene von Guérard.
A paddlesteamer approaches busy Geelong Harbour in 1857.

Gold was discovered in nearby Ballarat in 1851, causing the Geelong population to grow to 23,000 people by the mid-1850s.[9] To counter this, a false map was issued by Melbourne interests to new arrivals, showing the quickest road to the goldfields as being via Melbourne.[9] The first issue of the Geelong Advertiser newspaper was published in 1840 by James Harrison, who also built the world's first Ether Vapour Compression Cycle ice making and refrigeration machine in 1844, later being commissioned by a brewery in 1856 to build a machine that cooled beer.[27]

The Geelong Hospital was opened in 1852, and construction on the Geelong Town Hall commenced in 1855.[11] Development of the Port of Geelong began with the creation of the first shipping channel in Corio Bay in 1853.[11] The Geelong to Melbourne railway was built by the Geelong and Melbourne Railway Company in 1857.[28] Rabbits were introduced to Australia in 1859 by Thomas Austin, who imported them from England for hunting purposes at his Barwon Park property near Winchelsea.[29] One of Geelong's best known department stores, Bright and Hitchcocks, was opened in 1861,[11] and the HM Prison Geelong built using convict labour, was opened in 1864.[30]

In 1866 Graham Berry started a newspaper, the Geelong Register, as a rival to the established Geelong Advertiser. When this proved unsuccessful, he bought the Advertiser and made himself editor of the now merged papers.[31] Using the paper as a platform, he was elected for West Geelong in 1869. In 1877 he switched to Geelong, which he represented until 1886, and served as Victorian Premier in 1875, 1877–1880, and 1880–1881.[32] On the Market Square in the middle of the city, a clock tower was erected in 1856,[33] and an Exhibition Building was opened in 1879.

1860s: The 'Sleepy Hollow'[edit]

Exhibition Building and Market Square Clocktower in 1879. (both since demolished)

The gold rush had seen Ballarat and Bendigo grow larger than Geelong in terms of population. Melbourne critics dubbed Geelong 'Sleepy Hollow',[9] a tag that recurred many times in the following years. A number of industries became established in Geelong, including Victoria's first woollen mill at South Geelong in 1868. In 1869 the clipper Lightning caught fire at the Yarra Street pier and was cast adrift in Corio Bay to burn before finally sunk by artillery fire.[22] Improvements to transport saw Geelong emerge as the centre of the Western District of Victoria, with railway lines extended towards Colac in 1876, and to Queenscliff in 1879.[28] Construction of the Hopetoun shipping channel began in 1881 and completed in 1893.[11]

The Geelong Cup was first held in 1872 and Victoria's first long distance telephone call was made from Geelong to Queenscliff on 8 January 1878, only one year after the invention of the device itself.[11] Geelong was also the home of a prosperous wine industry until the emergence of the grapevine eating insect phylloxera vastatrix in 1885, which killed the industry until the 1960s.[11] Between 1886 and 1889 the central business district's major banks and insurance companies erected new premises in a solid and ornate character.[9] The existing Geelong Post Office was built during this time and the Gordon Technical College was established. Further industrial growth occurred with the Fyansford cement works established in 1890.[34]

The town became known as 'the Pivot' in the 1860s owing to its being a central rail and shipping hub to Melbourne, Ballarat and the western district.[35]

1900s: A city develops[edit]

Opening of the Geelong tramway in 1912, Moorabool Street, Geelong.

The town of Geelong officially became a city on 8 December 1910. The city gained a number of essential services, with electric light supplied by the Geelong Power Station starting in 1902, the Geelong Harbour Trust was formed in December 1905,[36] and the Geelong Waterworks and Sewerage Trust formed in 1908. Electric trams began operation in 1912, travelling from the city centre to the suburbs until their demise in 1956.[37] The first of many stores on the Market Square was opened in 1913,[11] and the first Gala Day festival was held in 1916.[11]

Geelong's industrial growth accelerated in the 1920s: woollen mills, fertiliser plants, the Ford Motor Company's vehicle plant at Norlane, and the Corio whisky distillery were all established in this period.[28] The Geelong Advertiser radio station 3GL (now K-Rock) commenced transmission in 1930,[22] the Great Ocean Road was opened in 1932, and in 1934 the T & G Building opened on the most prominent intersection in the city, the corner of Ryrie and Moorabool streets.

By 1936 Geelong had displaced Ballarat as Victoria's second largest city.[38]

The steamboat Edina leaving Geelong on its final journey on 21 June 1938.

In 1938 one of the last Port Philip Bay steamers, Edina, made its final trip to Geelong, ending a romantic period of seaside excursions and contests for the fastest trip. The Eastern Beach foreshore beautification and pool was completed in 1939 after almost 10 years of work.[11]

On the eve of World War II the International Harvester works were opened beside Ford at North Shore, a grain elevator at nearby Corio Quay, and the Shell Australia oil refinery.[28]

Post-war period[edit]

Eastern Beach in 1950

Government housing was constructed in the suburbs of East Geelong, Norlane, North Shore and Corio from the 1950s. The banks of the Barwon River burst in 1952, inundating nearby Belmont Common.

Geelong continued to expand with Corio, Highton and Belmont growing at such a rate that in February 1967 Geelong accounted for 21 percent of private home development in Greater Melbourne.[9] Private vehicles became the city's major mode of transport. The first parking meters in the city were introduced in 1961, new petrol stations were constructed and the city's first supermarket, operated by Coles, opened in 1965.[9] Industrial growth continued with a second cement works operating at Waurn Ponds by 1964[28] and the Alcoa Point Henry aluminium smelter constructed in 1962.[39]

Federal Government policy changes on tariff protection led to the closure of many Geelong industrial businesses from the 1970s. The woollen mills closed in 1974 and hectares of warehouse space in the city centre were left empty after wool handling practices changed.[9] The Target head office opened in North Geelong, Deakin University was established at Waurn Ponds in 1974 and the Geelong Performing Arts Centre opened in 1981.[40] Later, the Australian Animal Health Laboratory was opened in 1985,[41] and the National Wool Museum in 1988.[42]

Market Square, the first enclosed shopping centre in the city was opened in 1985, with neighbouring Westfield Geelong (formerly Bay City Plaza) opened in 1988.[43] The Pyramid Building Society, founded in Geelong in 1959,[44] collapsed in 1990 leaving debts of A$1.3 billion to over 200,000 depositors,[45] and causing the Geelong economy to stagnate.[46] On 18 May 1993 the City of Greater Geelong was formed by the amalgamation of a number of smaller municipalities with the former City of Geelong.[47] The Waterfront Geelong redevelopment started in 1994 designed to enhance use and appreciation of Corio Bay[48] and in 1995 the Barwon River overflowed in the worst flood since 1952.[49]

21st century[edit]

Westfield Geelong construction works in 2007
Redeveloped Waterfront Geelong (Steampacket Quay)

In 2004 Avalon Airport was upgraded to accommodate interstate passenger travel, providing a base for the low-cost airline Jetstar to service the Melbourne and Geelong urban areas.[50] Geelong is planned to expand towards the south coast, with 2,500 hectares of land to become a major suburban development for between 55,000 to 65,000 people, known as Armstrong Creek.[51] In 2006, construction began on the Geelong Ring Road, designed to replace the Princes Highway through Geelong from Corio to Waurn Ponds. It opened in 2009.

More than A$500 million worth of major construction was under way in 2007.[52] Major projects include the $150 million Westfield Geelong expansion works, involving a flyover of Yarra Street, the city's first Big W store and an additional 70 new speciality stores; the $37 million Deakin Waterfront campus redevelopment and the $23 million Deakin Medical School; the $50 million Edgewater apartment development on the waterfront; a number of multi-million dollar office developments in the CBD; and a new $30 million aquatic centre in Waurn Ponds.[52]

Major developments within Geelong are advocated by the region's formal alliance, G21 Geelong Region Alliance. The City of Greater Geelong and four other local municipalities form part of the alliance which identifies the Geelong region's priorities, advocate all levels of government for funding and implement the projects. G21 developed 'The Geelong Region Plan - a sustainable growth strategy' which was launched by Premier Brumby in 2007. It is the approved strategic plan for the Geelong region. In addition, major projects such as the Geelong Ring Road Connections and duplication of the Princes Highway West have obtained funding due to the combined efforts of the region's municipalities. As at November 2011, there are 13 Priority Projects for the Geelong region.

The Victorian Government announced the relocation of the Transport Accident Commission headquarters from Melbourne to Geelong in October 2006, which created 850 jobs and an annual economic benefit of over $59 million to the Geelong region.[53] The construction of the $80 million Brougham Street headquarters was completed in late 2008.[54] In November 2008 Ford Australia announced that its Australian designed I6 engine would be re-engineered to meet the latest emissions regulations and that consequently the engine manufacturing plant would be upgraded.

A change to the city skyline is occurring with a number of modern apartment buildings on the Waterfront and central business district planned or under construction. On 10 July 2008 approval was given for a $100 million twin tower apartment complex of 16 and 12 floors to be built on Mercer St in the city's Western edge. The towers will become the tallest buildings in the city, taking the title from the Mercure Hotel.[55] Further highrise developments are planned as part of the City of Greater Geelong's Geelong Western Edge strategic plan.[56] A $17 million 11-story apartment tower has also recently been proposed to be built next to the Deakin Waterfront Campus.[57]

In 2012 a design competition for a "city icon" was run for the City of Geelong by Deakin University and Senia Lawyers. The recipient of the prize and winning design entry was JOH Architects and their design titled "The Sea Dragon".[58]

Geography[edit]

Map of the Geelong urban area and the City of Greater Geelong

Geelong is located on the shores of Corio Bay, a south-western inlet bay of Port Phillip. During clear weather, the Melbourne skyline is visible from areas of Geelong when viewed across Port Phillip. The Barwon River flows through the city to the south before entering Lake Connewarre and the Barwon River estuary at Barwon Heads before going into Bass Strait.[59]

Geologically the oldest rocks in the area date to the Cambrian period 500 million years ago, with volcanic activity occurring in the Devonian period 350 million years ago.[60] In prehistoric times water covered much of the lowlands that are now Geelong, with the Barwon River estuary located at Belmont Common, the course of the river being changed when Mount Moriac erupted and lava was sent eastwards towards Geelong.[59]

To the east of the city are the Bellarine Hills and the undulating plains of the Bellarine Peninsula. To the west are the sandstone derived Barrabool Hills and basalt Mount Duneed, and the volcanic plains to the north of Geelong extend to the Brisbane Ranges and the You Yangs.[60] Soils vary from sandy loam, basalt plains and river loam to rich volcanic soils,[61] suitable for intensive farming, grazing, forestry and vineyard plantation.

Many materials used to construct buildings were quarried from Geelong, such as bluestone from the You Yangs and sandstone from the Brisbane Ranges.[60] A small number of brown coal deposits exist in the Geelong region, most notably at Anglesea where it has been mined to fuel Alcoa's Anglesea Power Station since 1969.[62] Limestone has also been quarried for cement production at Fyansford since 1888,[34] and Waurn Ponds since 1964.[63]

City and suburbs[edit]

Suburban expansion in Grovedale

Development in Geelong started on the shores of Corio Bay in what is now the inner city. Development later spread to the south towards the Barwon River, and the hill of Newtown and Geelong West. Major development south of the river in Belmont did not start until the 1920s, stimulated by the construction of a new bridge over the river in 1926, and the extension of the Geelong tramway system in 1927.[11] Industrial areas were traditionally located on the Corio Bay for port access,[64] or the Barwon River for waste disposal.

In the interwar and post World War II years heavy industry continued to establish itself in the flatter northern suburbs,[64] where today industries such as the Shell oil refinery and Ford Motor Company engine plant reside.[65] Residential development also spread to Corio in the north, with new Housing Commission of Victoria estates built to cater for employees of the new industries. From the 1960s residential growth spread to the Highton hills in the south, followed by Grovedale in the 1970s. A number of light industrial areas were also established in Breakwater, Moolap and South Geelong.[64]

Changing cargo handling methods at the Port of Geelong left woolstores in inner Geelong unused, redevelopment beginning in the 1980s with the expansion of Westfield Geelong towards Corio Bay, and culminating in the Waterfront Geelong development.[66] Gentrification of former working class inner suburbs such as Geelong West, North Geelong and South Geelong has also occurred.[67] Today the major residential growth corridors are north towards Lara, east towards Leopold, and south towards Mount Duneed as the Armstrong Creek Growth Area.[51]

Climate[edit]

Geelong has stable weather while still offering four distinct seasons.[68] It has a temperate oceanic climate (Cfb in the Köppen climate classification) with dominant westerly winds, variable cloud, moderate precipitation, warm summers and mild to cool winters.[69][70] January is the hottest month and July is the coldest.[71] The highest temperature recorded was 47.4 °C (117.3 °F) on 7 February 2009 during a two-week long heat wave, with the lowest of −4.4 °C (24.1 °F) recorded on 5 August 1997.[72] The average annual rainfall is around 520 millimetres (20.5 in), which makes Geelong the driest sizeable city in Australia, owing to the pronounced rain shadow of the Otway Ranges to the southwest.[71] Within the city, rainfall shows a strong gradient from south to north, so that the southernmost suburbs can receive around 700 millimetres (28 in) whilst more northerly Lara receives as little as 425 millimetres (17 in), which is the lowest rainfall in southern Victoria.[73]

Climate data for Geelong
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 45.3
(113.5)
47.4
(117.3)
41.5
(106.7)
34.8
(94.6)
27.6
(81.7)
23.4
(74.1)
20.5
(68.9)
25.8
(78.4)
29.6
(85.3)
37.1
(98.8)
37.3
(99.1)
43.1
(109.6)
47.4
(117.3)
Average high °C (°F) 24.4
(75.9)
24.8
(76.6)
23.1
(73.6)
20.2
(68.4)
17.1
(62.8)
14.5
(58.1)
13.9
(57)
15.0
(59)
16.6
(61.9)
18.6
(65.5)
20.5
(68.9)
22.6
(72.7)
19.3
(66.7)
Average low °C (°F) 12.9
(55.2)
13.5
(56.3)
12.0
(53.6)
9.4
(48.9)
7.8
(46)
6.1
(43)
5.4
(41.7)
5.8
(42.4)
6.6
(43.9)
7.6
(45.7)
9.4
(48.9)
11.0
(51.8)
9.0
(48.2)
Record low °C (°F) 4.5
(40.1)
5.8
(42.4)
3.4
(38.1)
1.4
(34.5)
0.0
(32)
−3.7
(25.3)
−4.3
(24.3)
−2.1
(28.2)
0.6
(33.1)
0.6
(33.1)
2.6
(36.7)
3.3
(37.9)
−4.3
(24.3)
Rainfall mm (inches) 34.0
(1.339)
29.7
(1.169)
30.2
(1.189)
46.0
(1.811)
47.3
(1.862)
41.7
(1.642)
50.3
(1.98)
48.2
(1.898)
49.5
(1.949)
49.7
(1.957)
51.4
(2.024)
40.9
(1.61)
518.9
(20.429)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 1.0 mm) 4.1 3.1 4.5 6.0 7.0 7.9 10.0 9.5 9.6 8.2 6.2 5.4 81.5
 % humidity 55 55 54 57 65 70 68 64 63 60 59 55 60
Source: [74]

Economy[edit]

Westfield Bay City in 2006

More than 10,000 businesses employ over 80,000 people in the Geelong region,[12] with manufacturing and processing industries providing around 15,000 jobs, followed by 13,000 in retail, and 8,000 in health and community services.[12]

Geelong's major employers include the Ford Motor Company engine plant in Norlane, aircraft maintenance at Avalon Airport, the head office of retail chain Target, the Bartter (Steggles) chicken processing plant, Alcoa's Point Henry aluminium smelter, and the Shell oil refinery at Corio.[75]

The Geelong region attracted over 6 million tourists during 2001.[76] Major tourist attractions include the Waterfront Geelong precinct and Eastern Beach on the shores of Corio Bay, the Ford Discovery Centre and National Wool Museum in the city, and more than 30 historical buildings listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.[77] The Geelong area hosts regular international events which are also tourist drawcards including the Australian International Airshow.

Geelong has a number of shopping precincts in the CBD and surrounding suburbs. The two main shopping centres are located in the CBD - Westfield Geelong and Market Square, with smaller centres in the suburbs including Belmont Plaza and Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre in the south, Bellarine Village in Newcomb in the east, and Corio Village Shopping Centre in the north.[12] The opening of the major shopping centres have seen a decline in strip shopping on Moorabool Street, with many empty shops and few customers.[78] Geelong is also home to Mitre 10's largest franchisees - Fagg's - operating five stores across the town and employing over 160 people.

The following major research laboratories are located in the Geelong area: the CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory in East Geelong,[79] CSIRO Division of Textiles and Fibres Technology in Belmont,[80] and the Marine and Freshwater Resources Institute at Queenscliff.[81]

The scheduled closure of Ford's Australian manufacturing base in 2016 was confirmed in late May 2013. Headquartered in the Victorian suburb of Broadmeadows, the company had registered losses worth AU$600 million over the five years prior to the announcement. It was noted that the corporate fleet and government sales that account for two-thirds of large, local car sales in Australia are insufficient to keep Ford's products profitable and viable in Australia. The decision will affect 1200 Ford workers—over 600 employees in Geelong and more than 500 in Broadmeadows—who will lose their jobs by October 2016.[82]

Following the decision by the Royal Dutch Shell fuel corporation to close its Geelong refinery in April 2013, a third consecutive annual loss was recorded for Shell's Australian refining and fuel marketing assets. Revealed in June 2013, the writedown is worth A$203 million, and was preceded by a A$638m writedown in 2012 and a A$407m writedown in 2011 after the closure of the Clyde refinery in Sydney.[83]

A close in various manufacturing industries in Geelong in 2014 has prompted concerns over a possible recession.[84]

Demographics[edit]

Population over time[11]
1841 454
1846 2,065
1851 8,291
1854 20,115
1861 22,929
1891 17,445
1901 25,017
1907 28,021
1921 31,689
1933 39,223
1946 51,000
1954 72,995
1961 91,666
1966 105,059
1976 122,080
1981 141,279
1988 146,349
2006 160,991
2009 179,971
2010 184,583

As of the 2006 Census, there were 160,000 people residing in 68,000 households. The median age of persons in Geelong was 37 years. 19.4% of the population of Geelong were children aged between 0–14 years, and 26.6% were persons aged 55 years and over.[1] Each dwelling is on average occupied by 2.59 persons, slightly lower than the state and national averages.[85] The median household income was $901 per week, $121 less than the state average, partly due to higher reliance on manufacturing for employment.[85] The population of Geelong is growing by 2500 people each year,[86] and the City of Greater Geelong had the highest rate of building activity in Victoria outside metropolitan Melbourne.[87]

78.4% of people from Geelong are Australian born, with the most common overseas birthplaces being: England (3.6%), Italy (1.1%), Croatia (1.0%), Netherlands (0.9%), Scotland (0.8%). 14.2% of households speak a language other than English in the home.[1] Notable ethnic groups in the city are the Croatian community, who first came to the city in the 1850s[88] and with migration since World War II are now the largest Croatian community in Australia,[89] and the German settlers who founded Germantown (now Grovedale) in 1849 to escape repression in Prussia for their Lutheran faith.[90]

St Mary of the Angels Basilica

The 2006 Census found the most common religious affiliation in Geelong was Catholicism at 29.4%. St. Mary of the Angels Basilica is the largest congregation in the city. Other affiliations of resident of Geelong include No Religion 20.5%, Anglican 14.6%, Uniting Church 7.9% and Presbyterian and Reformed at 4.3%.[91] The city has a large number of traditional Christian churches, as well as Orthodox Christian churches in the northern suburbs.

Governance[edit]

Geelong Town Hall

In local government, the Geelong region is covered by the City of Greater Geelong. The council was created in 1993 as an amalgamation of a number of other municipalities in the region,[47] with the council chambers located at the Geelong Town Hall in central Geelong. The City is made up of 12 wards, each represented by a councillor elected once every four years by postal voting.[92]

Since 2012, the Mayor of Geelong is directly elected for a four-year term by the electorate of the City of Greater Geelong.[92] Entrepreneur and former paparazzo Darryn Lyons was voted into the mayoral position in November 2013.[93]

In state politics, Geelong is located in the Legislative Assembly districts of Geelong, South Barwon, Lara, and Bellarine, with all seats with the exception of South Barwon currently held by the Australian Labor Party.[94]

In federal politics, Geelong is located in two House of Representatives divisions - the Division of Corio to the north of the Barwon River, and the Division of Corangamite to the south. The Division of Corio has been a safe Australian Labor Party since the 1970s, but was previously the seat of Richard Casey, a leading conservative Cabinet member in the 1930s and later Governor-General, and also Gordon Scholes, who was Speaker during the Whitlam government.[95] The Division of Corangamite had been a safe seat for the Liberal Party since the 1940s, and was the seat of the ninth Prime Minister of Australia James Scullin.[96] It was reclaimed by the Australian Labor Party for the first time since 1931 at the 2007 federal election.[97]

Culture[edit]

Events and Festivals[edit]

The Royal Geelong Show is held each year at the Geelong Showgrounds. Other smaller events include Pako Festa (held annually in February),[98] Gala Day Parade (annual event that celebrated its 96th year in 2012)[99] and Family Fun Day (held annually as part of the Gala Day celebrations),[100] and the Geelong Heritage Festival that is run by the local branch of the National Trust.[101][102]

Geelong hosts Victoria's only international photographic salon 'VIGEX' every two years. VIGEX is an acronym for "VIctoria Geelong EXhibition" and the inaugural event was held in 1980. The Australian Photographic Society (APS), the world governing body of exhibition photography the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) and the Victorian Association of Photographic Societies (VAPS) are patrons of the biennial photographic salon.[103]

Arts and entertainment[edit]

Geelong Performing Arts Centre (Little Malop Street entry)

Geelong is home to a number of pubs, nightclubs and live music venues. The city is also the birthplace or starting point for a number of notable Australian bands and musicians, such as Barry Crocker,[104] Gyan Evans,[105] Magic Dirt,[106] Jeff Lang,[107] Denis Walter[108] and Chrissy Amphlett.[109]

Geelong also hosts music festivals such as the Queenscliff Music Festival, Meredith Music Festival, Offshore Festival, Poppykettle Festival and National Celtic Festival. The city's prominent cultural venues are the Geelong Performing Arts Centre (commonly known as "GPAC"),[110] the 1500-seat Costa Hall auditorium and the Geelong Art Gallery.[111]

Media[edit]

The Geelong Advertiser, the oldest newspaper title in Victoria and the second oldest in Australia,[112][113] was established in 1840. The free Geelong Independent and Geelong News are the city's other major newspapers.

Geelong is part of the Melbourne television licence area, and receives all of the free-to-air stations from Melbourne, including ABC, SBS, Seven, Nine, Ten and the community channel C31. The Geelong region also receives cable and satellite television services through operators Foxtel and Neighbourhood Cable.

The local radio stations are K-Rock (rock and pop music), Rhema FM (Christian community station), Hot Country Radio (country music station), The Pulse (community station), 3GPH (radio reading service) and Bay FM (adult contemporary). The transmitters for K-Rock, The Pulse, Rhema FM and Bay FM are located at a shared transmitter site on Mount Bellarine, near Drysdale. Most Melbourne-based radio stations can also be received clearly in the Geelong region.

In popular culture[edit]

Geelong has inspired many[who?]visual artists, with several celebrated works depicting the city including Eugene von Guerard who depicted early Geelong in sketches and oil paintings including View of Geelong.

Geelong is a popular filming location. The Geelong region was used as the setting of the SeaChange television series, filmed on location at Barwon Heads between 1998 and 2002.[114] The city has also been the filming location of a number of feature films; including the final scenes On the Beach (1959) at Barwon Heads,[115] Mad Max (1979) around Lovely Banks and Lara, Everynight ... Everynight (1994) at HM Prison Geelong, Ned Kelly (2003) and Ghost Rider (2007) at the Little River Earth Sanctuary,[116] December Boys (2007) in South Geelong at Kardinia Pool,[117] and Knowing (2008) on the Geelong Ring Road.[118]

Two ships of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) have been named after Geelong, HMAS Geelong (J201) and HMAS Geelong (FCPB 215).

The CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory located in East Geelong is referred to in the 2011 movie Contagion.[119]

Education[edit]

The Gordon Institute of TAFE building in Fenwick Street.

Geelong is served by a number of public and private schools that cater to local and overseas students. Over 40,000 primary and secondary students are enrolled in schools in Geelong, with another 27,000 students enrolled in tertiary and further education courses.[12] The first schools in Geelong were established when the town was settled from the 1850s, among them were the elite private schools The Geelong College and Geelong Grammar School.[75]

Geelong is also home to the oldest state secondary school in Victoria, Geelong High School, which has been serving the community since 1905; for over 100 years.

The Gordon Memorial Technical College opened in 1888, and is known today as the Gordon Institute of TAFE.[11] In 1976 the Gordon Institute was divided into two parts, with academic courses becoming part of the newly formed Deakin University based at the Waurn Ponds campus.[120] Deakin University enrolled its first students at its Waurn Ponds campus in 1977. Today the university is located on a 365 hectare site and has over 1,000 staff and over 4,000 on-campus students.[121] The university also has a campus located on the waterfront of Corio Bay in the Geelong CBD, and from 2008 the campus at Waurn Ponds will be home to Victoria's first regional medical school.[122]

Health[edit]

Main entrance to Geelong Hospital

The major public hospital is Geelong Hospital on Ryrie Street which services the entire region and the largest private hospital is the nearby St John of God Health Care centre on Myers Street. Prominent healthcare services include Geelong Health (Geelong West) and Barwon Health.

Utilities[edit]

The former Geelong A power station, now part of Westfield Geelong

Water storage and supply in Geelong is managed by Barwon Water, a Victorian Government owned urban water corporation. Geelong is supplied with water from three river systems: the Barwon River, the East Moorabool River and the West Moorabool River. The catchment areas are the Brisbane Ranges to Geelong's north-west, and the Otway Ranges to the south-west. The first water supplies to Geelong were from the Stony Creek reservoirs near Steiglitz, but, as of 2010, Geelong, together with Ballarat, consumes approximately 70 percent of the Moorabool River's water flow.[123] Sewage from Geelong and district is treated at the Black Rock Treatment Plant at Breamlea and then discharged into Bass Strait.

Geelong was first supplied with electricity in 1902 when the Geelong power station opened on the corner of Yarra and Brougham Streets. Later known as 'Geelong A', the power station was rebuilt in 1920 to increase the capacity, with the station continued operating until 1961. In 1936 Geelong was connected to the state electrical grid. The 'Geelong B' power station at North Geelong opened in 1954,[39] and was closed in 1970 due to the much higher efficiency of the power stations in the Latrobe Valley. The supply of piped coal gas in Geelong started in 1860 by the Geelong Gas Company. The gasworks were located in North Geelong next to the North Geelong railway station.[124] Geelong was converted to natural gas in 1971, with the Geelong Gas Company being taken over by the Gas and Fuel Corporation of Victoria on 30 June 1971.[125]

Transportation[edit]

Princes Freeway's Geelong Ring Road, looking south towards suburban Waurn Ponds.

The main form of transportation in Geelong is the automobile. Geelong is well-connected by roads to all of south-west Victoria, to Melbourne by a major-arterial the Princes Freeway (M1) with 3-4 lanes in each direction, to Warrnambool by the Princes Highway (A1), the Bellarine Peninsula by the Bellarine Highway (B110), Ballarat by the Midland Highway (A300), and to Hamilton by the Hamilton Highway (B140). The $380 million Geelong Ring Road (an extension of the Princes Freeway) bypasses the greater Geelong urban area exiting the Princes Highway near Corio to rejoin the highway at Waurn Ponds.[126] The "Lewis Bandt Bridge", named in honour of the Ford Australia engineer who is credited as the inventor of the ute (1934), in Geelong is a feature of the new road.[127]

Rail[edit]

V/Line passenger trains at Geelong Railway Station

Geelong is a major hub for rail transport in Victoria, having frequent services to and from Melbourne, and being at the junction of the Geelong line, Warrnambool V/Line rail service, Western standard gauge line and the Geelong-Ballarat railway line.[28] There are seven passenger railway stations in the urban area, all along the Warrnambool line and served by V/Line trains.[128] The Geelong line provides hourly passenger services to Melbourne in the off-peak, with more frequent services at peak times. According to V/Line the Geelong line carries more passengers than any other regional rail line in Australia.[129] None of the lines are electrified and all trains servicing Geelong are diesel powered.

Passenger services run to Warrnambool three times daily, connecting Geelong with Colac, Terang and Camperdown, as well as Warrnambool. Great Southern Railway's The Overland service between Melbourne and Adelaide stops at the standard gauge platform provided at North Shore station. It runs six days a week, with three services to Adelaide and three to Melbourne.[130] Freight trains also operate from Melbourne to Geelong serving local industries,[65] as well as to Warrnambool and other western Victorian towns. The main Melbourne-Adelaide standard gauge line is a heavily-used interstate freight route.

Victoria's electronic ticketing system, Myki, was implemented on rail services between Marshall and Melbourne on 29 July 2013.[131]

Port and airport[edit]

The Port of Geelong is located on the shores of Corio Bay, and is the sixth largest seaport in Australia by tonnage.[132] Major commodities include crude oil and petroleum products, export grain and woodchips, alumina imports, and fertiliser.[133] The Bellarine Peninsula has been linked to the Mornington Peninsula since 1987[134] by the Searoad ferry, which runs every hour using two roll-on/roll-off ferries.[135]

Avalon Airport is located approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) to the north-east of the city of Geelong. It was established in 1953 to cater for the production of military aircraft.[136] It was also used for the repair of commercial aircraft, and for pilot training. Avalon Airport has also been home to low cost airline Jetstar Airways since 2004.[50] Flights to Brisbane and Sydney use the airport. Avalon Airport is the venue for 'Thunder Down Under' Australian International Airshow every other year.

Bus and taxi[edit]

McHarry's Geelong Transport System bus at the Railway Terrace main bus terminal

A bus network covering the city centre and most surrounding suburbs providing public transport. They are operated under the umbrella of the Geelong Transit System, and are contracted to Benders Busways and McHarry's Buslines.[137] Another government transport initiative, Bellarine Transit, is contracted to McHarry's Buslines and provides interurban services between Geelong and the towns of Torquay, Barwon Heads, Ocean Grove and the Bellarine Peninsula.[128] V/Line services link Geelong with Ballarat, Daylesford, Bendigo, Apollo Bay, the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles and Warrnambool.[128]

Off-Duty Geelong Taxi Network vehicle in Norlane

Taxi services in Geelong are provided by Geelong Taxi Network, a newly formed depot following the effective merger of Bay City Cabs and Geelong Radio Cabs in July 2007.[138] The majority of the network covers the city and suburban areas of the city, with "urban" classification for the vehicles in use. The Bellarine Peninsula, and Torquay areas, although part of Geelong Taxi Network, are both covered by separate "country" classification taxis. There are often disputes in regards to different taxis from one licence area, picking up work from either of the other two licence areas, which is illegal in most circumstances under current taxi regulations in Victoria.[139] Call centre and radio dispatch services for the new combined network are provided by Silver Top Taxis in Melbourne.

Geelong also has many kilometres of bicycle trails covering the shores of Corio Bay and the Barwon River parklands, in addition to the Bellarine Rail Trail.[140]

Sport[edit]

Geelong is home to the Geelong Football Club Australian Football League team, the second oldest AFL club[141] and one of the oldest in the world. For many years it was the only VFL/AFL club to exist outside of the greater Melbourne metropolitan area. It continues to participate in the national competition, based at Kardinia Park stadium and Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, and also fields a reserves side in the Victorian Football League.[141] The club won the 2007 grand final against Port Adelaide by 119 points, the biggest grand final winning margin in history and the first Geelong premiership victory for 44 years.[142] The club also won the 2009 and 2011 AFL grand finals held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. There are also three independent football leagues running in the area, the Geelong Football League, the Geelong & District Football League, and the Bellarine Football League.[143]

Geelong has a horse racing club, the Geelong Racing Club, which schedules around 22 race meetings a year including the Geelong Cup meeting in October.[144] The Geelong Cup was first run in 1872,[145] and is considered one of the most reliable guides to the result of the Melbourne Cup.[146] It also has a picnic horse racing club, Geelong St Patricks Racing Club, which holds its one race meeting a year in February.[147]

Geelong Harness Racing Club conducts regular meetings at its racetrack at Corio,[148] and the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club holds regular meetings.[149]

The Geelong Baseball Centre in Waurn Ponds is home of the Geelong Baycats. The Baycats are the only provincial team in Baseball Victoria's Division One competition and were the 2005/2006 State Champions. The Geelong Baseball Centre has hosted a number of National Championship, the 2002 Women's World Championships and was home to the Chiba Lotte Marines for spring training in 2005 and 2006.

The Arena stadium in North Geelong is the home of the Geelong Supercats basketball team, and was also used during the 2006 Commonwealth Games for basketball matches.[150]

2007 Bay Classic Series at Eastern Beach.

The Eastern Beach foreshore and nearby Eastern Gardens regularly host internationally televised triathlons, and annual sports car and racing car events such as the Geelong Speed Trials.[151]

Corio Bay is also host to many sailing and yachting events. Geelong also has many golf courses, sporting and recreation ovals and playing fields, as well as facilities for water skiing, rowing, fishing, hiking, and greyhound and harness racing.[152] Geelong Athletics holds athletic competitions during both the summer and winter months including high profile events such as Victorian and sometimes national and international track and field meets.

Geelong is home to Australia's largest indoor skate park,[153] and has "more skate parks per capita than any other municipality in Australia."[154]

Geelong is also the birthplace of Bev Francis, a IFBB professional Australian female bodybuilder, powerlifter, and national shot put champion.[155][156]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/UCL203001
  2. ^ http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/communityprofile/UCL203001?opendocument&navpos=230
  3. ^ Butler, S., ed. (2009). "Geelong". Macquarie Dictionary (5th ed.). Sydney: Macquarie Dictionary Publishers Pty Ltd. 1952 pages. ISBN 978-18-7642-966-9. 
  4. ^ Geelong. "Definition of Geelong in Oxford dictionary. Meaning, pronunciation and origin of the word". Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press. 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Early days of Geelong". The Argus. 19 July 1924. p. 9. Retrieved 27 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Geelong City". City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  8. ^ a b "Key drivers of change". City of Greater Geelong population forecast. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Norman Houghton - "The Story of Geelong". link. Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  10. ^ "Historical perspective". Geelong Business News (via Wayback Machine). Archived from the original on 2005-06-15. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Begg, Peter (1990). Geelong - The First 150 Years. Globe Press. ISBN 0-9592863-5-7. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Top 10 Reasons to Move to Geelong". City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-10-28. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  13. ^ "Regions get new lease on lifestyle". The Age (Melbourne). 14 April 2004. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  14. ^ "Ford Siding". Rail Geelong. Marcus Wong. 2005–2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Wathaurong People". City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  16. ^ a b c d e f Billot, C.P. (1969). The Life of Our Years. Lothian Publishing. National Library of Australia registry number 68-2473. 
  17. ^ "Excerpts from the 'Port Phillip Survey 1957-1963'". Port Phillip Conservation Council website. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  18. ^ "Grimes, Charles (1772–1858)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  19. ^ "Collins, David (1756–1810)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  20. ^ a b "Hovell, William Hilton (1786–1875)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  21. ^ "Reminiscences of James Buckley, communicated by him to George Langhorne, 1837". State Library of Victoria: Manuscript. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  22. ^ a b c d "Timeline history". Geelong and District Historical Resources website. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  23. ^ "Buckley, William (1780–1856)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  24. ^ a b "Fyans, Foster (1790–1870)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  25. ^ "Letter from R.C. Gunn". Discovery of keys in the shore formation of Corio Bay, Royal Society of Victoria, [1875]. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  26. ^ "Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition: Thomson, Alexander (1800–1866)". Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  27. ^ Phil Ament (18 August 2005). "Fascinating facts about the invention of the refrigerator by Carl von Linde in 1876.". The Great Idea Finder. The Great Idea Finder. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  28. ^ a b c d e f "Geelong Line Guide". Rail Geelong. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  29. ^ "Feral European Rabbit". Australian Government fact sheet. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  30. ^ "FORMER HM TRAINING PRISON - 202 MYERS STREET AND CORNER SWANSTON STREET GEELONG, Greater Geelong City". Heritage Victoria: Heritage Register Online. Retrieved 2007-12-30. [dead link]
  31. ^ "Berry, Sir Graham (1822–1904)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  32. ^ "Victorian Premiers Since Responsible Government, 1855 - Current". Parliament of Victoria website. Archived from the original on 2007-10-23. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  33. ^ "Photograph". Market Square clock tower history plaque inside the Market Square Shopping Centre. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  34. ^ a b "Fyansford Line Guide". Rail Geelong. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  35. ^ "Geelong - a brief history". Intown Geelong website. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  36. ^ "Agency VA 1425: Port of Geelong Authority". Public Record Office Victoria website. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  37. ^ "Geelong tramways - a short history". Tramway Museum Society of Victoria (via Wayback Machine). Archived from the original on 2006-08-19. Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  38. ^ Geelong Ousts Ballarat. Population Surprises. The Argus (Melbourne) Tuesday 28 April 1936, page 10
  39. ^ a b R. Arklay and I. Sayer (September 1970). Geelong's Electric Supply. 
  40. ^ "GPAC - About". Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  41. ^ Emma Wilkins (30 May 2012). "A look inside CSIRO's Australian Animal Health Laboratory". CSIRO. CSIRO. Retrieved 1 September 2012. 
  42. ^ "National Wool Museum". City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  43. ^ "Plaque marking opening of Bay City Plaza". Image. 
  44. ^ "Pyramid Building Society Ltd". Guide to Australian Business Records. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  45. ^ "Mysteries of the Pyramid. (Pyramid building society financial collapse)". The Economist (US), July 1990. Retrieved 2007-12-22. [dead link]
  46. ^ "Geelong leads regional price boom". The Age website (Melbourne). 26 July 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  47. ^ a b "Sale of Harding Park, Geelong". Victorian Auditor-General's Office. Retrieved 2007-07-01. [dead link]
  48. ^ "The Waterfront Story" (PDF). City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-11-08. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  49. ^ "Geelong and Southern Vic: Floods (incl Landslides)". Emergency Management Australia website (via Google cache). Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  50. ^ a b "History made as Avalon Airport welcomes first Jetstar flight" (PDF). Jetstar website. 1 June 2004. Retrieved 2007-12-18. [dead link]
  51. ^ a b "Strategic plan to manage urban growth south of Geelong". City of Greater Geelong website. 12 April 2005. Archived from the original on 2007-09-09. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  52. ^ a b "Building bonanza drives city forward". Geelong News. 2007-07-18. pp. 8–9. 
  53. ^ "Premier announces new TAC site in Geelong". Transport Accident Commission website. Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  54. ^ Tomazin, Farrah; Adams, David (16 December 2005). "Move or move on, TAC workers told". The Age (Melbourne). Retrieved 2007-07-21. 
  55. ^ Begg, Peter Twin towers earmarked for Mercer Street" Geelong Advertiser. 10 July 2008
  56. ^ Geelong Western Edge
  57. ^ "Ford's Geelong plant to close, 600 jobs lost". ABC News. 18 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  58. ^ "Seadragon Winning Design for Geelong Icon". JOH Architects. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  59. ^ a b Loney, Jack (1988). The Historic Barwon. Portarlington, Vic.: J. Lonely. ISBN 0-909191-37-9. 
  60. ^ a b c "Geelong State of the Environment Report - Geological conditions". City of Greater Geelong website. Retrieved 2007-12-29. [dead link]
  61. ^ "Geelong Wine Fact Sheet". City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-11-06. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  62. ^ "Alcoa - Victorian operations". Alcoa website. Retrieved 2007-12-25. [dead link]
  63. ^ "Waurn Ponds". Rail Geelong. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  64. ^ a b c "Greater Geelong Planning Scheme (Section 21.22 INDUSTRY)" (DOC). Victoria Department of Planning and Community Development website. 2006-01-19. Archived from the original on 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2007-12-25.  (via Google)
  65. ^ a b "North Geelong Yard". Rail Geelong. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  66. ^ "City by the Bay concept 1981". Intown Geelong website. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  67. ^ "GEELONG ECONOMIC INDICATORS BULLETIN - 2001/2002" (PDF). City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-01. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  68. ^ "Weather/Climate/Light". Film Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  69. ^ "Climate". Department of Primary Industries website. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  70. ^ Australian Climate Averages - Climate classifications
  71. ^ a b "Climate statistics for 'GEELONG SEC' 1870–1970". Bureau of Meteorology website. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  72. ^ "Climate Averages for AVALON AIRPORT". Bureau of Meteorology website. Retrieved 2007-12-25. 
  73. ^ Victoria annual rainfall
  74. ^ "Climate statistics for Geelong". Bureau of Meteorology. 
  75. ^ a b "Geelong Fast Facts" (PDF). City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  76. ^ "Geelong Otway Region Domestic Visitation 2001" (PDF). Geelong Otway Tourism website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  77. ^ "Geelong". Monash University place names gazette (link broken). Archived from the original on 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  78. ^ Sophie Smith (2 July 2008). "While Moorabool St remains cold and empty". Geelong News. p. 3. 
  79. ^ "Australian Animal Health Laboratory". CSIRO. CSIRO. May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  80. ^ "Geelong: Belmont, Vic (CSIRO Materials Science & Engineering)". CSIRO. CSIRO. May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  81. ^ "Marine and Freshwater Resources Institute (MAFRI) (1996 - )". Encyclopedia of Australian Science. Encyclopedia of Australian Science. 2010. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  82. ^ Remy Davison (24 May 2013). "Ford’s exit spells the end of the road for manufacturing". The Conversation Australia. The Conversation Media Group. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  83. ^ Matt Chambers (4 June 2013). "Geelong refinery writedown hits Shell for $203m". The Australian. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  84. ^ "Sacked Alcoa workers may leave Geelong". Ninemsn. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 18 February 2014. 
  85. ^ a b "Solid economic growth driving Geelong prosperity". City of Greater Geelong website. 4 December 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  86. ^ "Geelong's population surges". Geelong Advertiser website. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  87. ^ "GEELONG REGION CONTINUES TO GROW". Press release from the state Minister of Planning. 10 February 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  88. ^ Šutalo, Ilija (2004). Croatians in Australia: Pioneers, Settlers and Their Descendants. Wakefield Press. ISBN 1-86254-651-7. 
  89. ^ Tonci Prusac (28 October 2007). "Geelong Croatian voters to have significant say in Corio electorate". The New Generation (Croatian Herald English supplement). Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  90. ^ Pescott, John (1985). South Barwon 1857–1985. Neptune Press. ISBN 0-949583-53-7. 
  91. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Geelong (VIC) (Statistical District)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 
  92. ^ a b "Who can be a Councillor". City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-07-01. 
  93. ^ Grant Payne (4 December 2013). "Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons pumps up brilliant Bellarine". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  94. ^ "State Election 2006 Results: Electorate swings". Victorian Electoral Commission website. Archived from the original on 2007-11-30. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  95. ^ "Divisional Profiles: Corio". Australian Electoral Commission website. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  96. ^ "Divisional Profiles: Corangamite". Australian Electoral Commission website. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  97. ^ "Seats won in the 2007 Federal Election". Australian Electoral Commission website. Retrieved 2007-12-16. [dead link]
  98. ^ "Pako Festa". Intown. Intown Entertainment. 1998–2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  99. ^ "2012 Gala Day Geelong... a huge success!". Gforce Employment Solutions. Gforce Employment Solutions. 19 November 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  100. ^ "Gala Day Geelong 2012". Weekend Notes. On Topic Media PTY LTD. 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  101. ^ "Geelong World Heritage Day". The Geelong Advertiser. 11 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  102. ^ "Geelong World Heritage Day". The Geelong Advertiser. 12 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  103. ^ "What is Vigex?". Vigex, Inc. Vigex, Inc. 1980–2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  104. ^ "About Barry". Barry Crocker official website. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  105. ^ "Gyan Evans bio". Gyan Evans official website. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  106. ^ "Magic Dirt overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  107. ^ "Press: Middle-ground Man". Jeff Lang official website. Archived from the original on 2007-08-29. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  108. ^ "Denis Walter profile". 3AW website. Retrieved 2007-12-30. [dead link]
  109. ^ "Chrissy Amphlett dead at 53". The Age. 22 April 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  110. ^ "The Venues". Geelong Performing Arts Centre website. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  111. ^ "Arts Venues". City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  112. ^ "About The Geelong Advertiser". Geelong Advertiser website. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  113. ^ "Oldest newspapers still in circulation". World Association of Newspapers website. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  114. ^ Millar, Royce (16 March 2007). "Barwon Heads bridge wins its own sea change". The Age website (Melbourne). Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  115. ^ "The Town of Barwon Heads". Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  116. ^ "Little River Earth Sanctuary". The Great Outdoors - Yahoo!7 Travel website. 23 June 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-24. [dead link]
  117. ^ "Filming locations for December Boys (2007)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  118. ^ "Geelong filming of Nicholas Cage movie delayed". Geelong Advertiser. www.geelongadvertiser.com.au. 29 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-06. 
  119. ^ http://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/article/2011/10/20/396861_latest-news.html
  120. ^ "History 1941 - Today". Gordon Institute of TAFE website. Retrieved 2007-12-19. [dead link]
  121. ^ "Waurn Ponds campus". Deakin University website. Retrieved 2007-12-19. 
  122. ^ "Deakin medical school begins search for students". Geelong Advertiser website. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  123. ^ Alison Pouliot (2007–2010). "Water issues and environmental flows". Wombat Forestcare Inc. Wombat Forestcare Inc. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  124. ^ The Geelong Gas Company 1858–1958: 100 years of public service and progressive development
  125. ^ "GEELONG GAS COMPANY LIMITED". deListed website. Retrieved 2007-08-17. [dead link][dead link]
  126. ^ "About Geelong Ring Road". VicRoads website. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  127. ^ "Brumby Declares Geelong Ring Road Open". Geelong Advertiser. 
  128. ^ How busy is my Geelong train? V/Line[dead link]
  129. ^ "The Overland Homepage". Great Southern Railway website. Archived from the original on 2007-12-10. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  130. ^ "Myki to start on VLine Commuter Services". VLine Pty Ltd. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  131. ^ "City of Greater Geelong - Sea". City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-03. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  132. ^ "'Geelong port contributes $500mn a year to Victoria'". The Age (Melbourne). 12 September 2005. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  133. ^ Peninsular Stamp Club (1987). Notes on the inauguration of the Peninsular Princess car / passenger ferry. 
  134. ^ "DEPUTY PREMIER LAUNCHES $12 MILLION QUEENSCLIFF TO SORRENTO FERRY". Media Release from the Office of the Premier. 22 April 2001. Retrieved 2007-07-26. 
  135. ^ "Avalon Hangar Conversion for Qantas? Skybed Fit-Out Adds to Meinhardt Aviation Portfolio". Meinhardt website. 10 December 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  136. ^ "Geelong Transit System". McHarry's Buslines website. Archived from the original on 2007-11-22. Retrieved 2007-12-18. 
  137. ^ "2 into 1 Geelong taxi service". Geelong Times. 2007-05-02. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  138. ^ "Move to Ban Bellarine Taxis in Geelong". Geelong Advertiser. 
  139. ^ "Bike Trails: Barwon River and Geelong Foreshore". City of Greater Geelong. Archived from the original on 2007-09-02. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  140. ^ a b "Geelong Football Club history". Geelong Football Club. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  141. ^ "Drought over: Cats win by massive 119 points". Geelong Football Club website. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  142. ^ DARYL McLURE (24 May 2008). "Kick to kick". The Geelong Advertiser. www.geelongadvertiser.com.au. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  143. ^ Country Racing Victoria. "Alexandra Race Club". Retrieved 2009-05-07. [dead link]
  144. ^ "Past Winners". Geelong Racing Club website. Archived from the original on 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  145. ^ Eddy, Andrew (23 October 2007). "Geelong Cup again a good guide". The Age website (Melbourne). Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  146. ^ Country Racing Victoria. "Geelong St Patricks Racing Club". Retrieved 2009-05-07. [dead link]
  147. ^ Australian Harness Racing. "Geelong". Retrieved 2009-05-11. 
  148. ^ Greyhound Racing Victoria. "Geelong". Retrieved 2009-04-15. [dead link]
  149. ^ "The Arena, Geelong". Office of Commonwealth Games Coordination website. Archived from the original on 2007-08-08. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  150. ^ "Home Page". Geelong Speed Trials. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  151. ^ "Reserves Listing". City of Greater Geelong website. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-12-22. 
  152. ^ Courtney Crane (21 June 2013). "Skaters celebrate the wheel thing". Geelong Advertiser. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  153. ^ "Skate Parks in Geelong". City of Greater Geelong. City of Greater Geelong. 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  154. ^ "IFBB Hall of Fame Inductees for 2000". International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 
  155. ^ "Bev Francis, Biography Page". Australia Bodybuilding. 2009. Retrieved 28 April 2010. 

External links[edit]


Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geelong — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
215732 videos foundNext > 

Round 23 AFL - Geelong Cats vs Brisbane Lions Highlights

Highlights from Geelong Cats round 23 clash with Brisbane Lions For more video, head to http://afl.com.au.

Round 5 AFL - Geelong v Hawthorn Highlights

Geelong and Hawthorn give us another epic clash on Easter Monday, 2014. For more video, head to http://afl.com.au.

AFL 2013: Preliminary Final - Hawthorn vs. Geelong HD (MMM commentary)

A replay of the game that keeps giving with a great MMM commentary, and also in full HD.

Most goals ever in an AFL game | Geelong's 37 goals vs. Melbourne: AFL Round 19, 2011

Watch Geelong kick the highest score in AFL history back in 1992: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4SXe2FEFfo) (Watch Geelong's 35 goals against Richmond in ...

Make the Move To Geelong

Geelong is Australia's best kept secret. Just ask these three couples! A lifestyle that's hard to beat.... Abundant lifestyle opportunities -- city, coastal ...

AFL 2013 Round 2 - Geelong vs North Melbourne last 5 minutes

Unbelievable finish to a crazy game.

Life In Australia: Geelong

Produced by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1966. Directed by Antonio Colacino. Made for the Department of Immigration the Life In Australia series aimed to show ...

2011 Geelong season montage - 2011 AFL Grand Final (Channel 10)

2011 Geelong season montage - 2011 AFL Grand Final (Channel 10)

Geelong goals vs. Hawthorn | AFL Round 5, 2014

MATCH REVIEW with +Tysio100: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0D7m82myNI Easter Monday 21st April 2014, in front of 80000 fans, the Cats exacted revenge for ...

Geelong / Victoria / Australia

Geelong The beautiful city of Geelong is an all the year round destination. This is a place for tourists looking for a full fledged urban holiday. It is conv...

215732 videos foundNext > 

30756 news items

The Roar

The Age
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:18:39 -0700

Geelong hopes Johnson - who has missed three games with a foot injury - will be able to train pain-free this week and then play. Johnson has a history of getting up to play when it matters. From a team balance point of view, the decision on who ...
 
Geelong Advertiser
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:03:45 -0700

With traditional cricket caps — including the coveted hand-stitched baggy green — made in Sydney and a head office in Melbourne, Mr Denning revealed late last year that he planned to centralise his operation, and Geelong was seriously on his radar.
 
Geelong Advertiser
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:03:45 -0700

The Alfred is also Victoria's main emergency and trauma centre and treats patients from across the state, including Geelong. Data shows patients from the Greater Geelong region account for 5.3 per cent of all major trauma patients, with one in three ...

The Age

The Age
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:07:30 -0700

Steve Johnson has given the strongest indication yet that he is ready to return from his right foot injury and take on Hawthorn in Friday night's qualifying final at the MCG. The veteran Geelong playmaker has not played since round 20 after injuring ...

The Age

The Age
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 05:33:45 -0700

Heavyweights Hawthorn and Geelong will clash in a blockbuster opening to an AFL finals series featuring fairytale finishers Richmond. The Tigers booked the last available finals spot - eighth position - with a dramatic three-point away triumph against ...
 
Geelong Advertiser
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:03:45 -0700

The fit-again ruckman spoke of his anguish at watching Geelong get exposed in the ruck last September, knowing he was recruited to play in those big matches. McIntosh will return on Friday night against Hawthorn, spurred on also by recent criticism ...
 
Geelong Advertiser
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:12:19 -0700

Having secured their seats for Geelong's qualifying final clash against Hawthorn, Tony and Rita Kerr are quietly confident the Cats will move one step closer to a grand final, more than half a century after the duo first saw a Geelong flag. The couple ...
 
Geelong Advertiser
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:13:25 -0700

Geelong's media, he said, was relentless. Everything that happened at City Hall was scrutinised by media outlets desperate to be the first to tell ratepayers where their dollars were being misspent. In Geelong, according to him, every day was a media ...
Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About Geelong

You can talk about Geelong with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!