Main Street, Beeac seen from the north
|Population||370 (2016 census)|
|LGA(s)||Colac Otway Shire|
Beeac is a town in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. The town is located on the shore of the hyper-saline Lake Beeac in the Colac Otway Shire local government area, 160 kilometres south of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2016 census, Beeac had a population of 370.
Beeac was originally created as a reserve for campers, and the name is thought to mean either "salt lake" or "grubs" in the local Aboriginal language. From 1860, the area was opened for selection and a townsite was surveyed in 1864. A Post Office opened on 1 January 1862 but was known as Ondit (the name of the surrounding parish) until 1872.
The original Post Office building was destroyed by fire in 1926, but was eventually replaced by the current building. By the end of the decade, the Beeac area became a prominent wheat growing district, wine grapes were cultivated and a salt works was operating on the lake. Through the 1860s and 1870s, churches, schools, shops and hotels were established. The railway reached Beeac in 1884, bringing the area into closer contact with nearby Colac, however this line is no longer in service. A newspaper, The Beeac Advocate and Weering and Warrion Advertiser, operated from 1901 to 1902 and the local hospital was founded in 1928.
The Town today
Golfers play at the course of the Beeac Golf Club on Mingawalla Road.
The test cricketer, Bill Johnston was born and raised in Beeac. Geelong Football Club Premiership player and 1965 Best and Fairest winner, Peter Walker, was also originally from Beeac. As was Rufus Youngblood, a champion harness racing horse.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Beeac (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- "Beeac Progress Association Township Plan" (PDF). Colac Otway Shire Council. 2000. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- "Beeac Township Plan" (PDF). Shire of Colac Otway. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
- Full Points Footy, Irrewarra-Beeac, archived from the original on January 31, 2009, retrieved 25 July 2008
- Golf Select, Toolondo, retrieved 11 May 2009
- Frith, David (28 May 2007). "Obituary:Bill Johnston". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2007.
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