Bass, Victoria

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Bass is located in Bass Coast Shire
Coordinates 38°29′0″S 145°27′0″E / 38.48333°S 145.45000°E / -38.48333; 145.45000Coordinates: 38°29′0″S 145°27′0″E / 38.48333°S 145.45000°E / -38.48333; 145.45000
Population 937 (2006 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3991
LGA(s) Bass Coast Shire
State electorate(s) Bass
Federal Division(s) Flinders

Bass is a small rural town 113 kilometres (70 mi) south-east of Melbourne via the South Gippsland and Bass Highways, in the Bass Coast Shire of Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. At the 2006 census, Bass and the surrounding area had a population of 937.[1]

The town is named after George Bass who explored and named Western Port bay in 1798 in a small whaling boat and sailed some distance up the Bass River. A memorial to George Bass stands in the George Bass Park. In 1835 a Scottish immigrant from Kirkudbright Scotland named Samuel Anderson sailed up the Bass River and with a partner Robert Massie established the third permanent settlement in Victoria. Samuel had arrived in Hobart in 1830 aboard the Lang and took up a position as bookkeeper at Circular Head with Van Diemen's Land Company before setting out for Western Port in September 1835. Samuel's brothers Hugh and Thomas joined him at Bass where they established a successful farming venture.[2] The Anderson graves and some of their descendants are located in the San Remo Cemetery. Descendents of Thomas Anderson, the only brother to marry, remain in the area to this day.

The township of Bass was surveyed and settled in the early 1860s, the Post Office opening on 1 June 1862.[3]

Located near the town is Wildlife Wonderland, which features the Giant Earthworm Museum. This building allows tourists to crawl through a magnified replica of a worm burrow and a simulated worm's stomach. Displays and educational material on the Giant Gippsland earthworm, which can grow up to 3 metres in length, and other natural history of Gippsland are also featured. The museum closed in recent years.

The town in conjunction with neighbouring township Kilcunda has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Alberton Football League.[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Bass (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  2. ^ The Andersons of Westernport by Horton & Morris 1983
  3. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  4. ^ Full Points Footy, Kilcunda Bass, archived from the original on 16 May 2008, retrieved 2008-07-25