Electoral district of Colac

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VictoriaLegislative Assembly
Electoral district of Colac, Victoria.png
Location in Victoria (highlighted by red circle)
NamesakeColac, Victoria
DemographicUrbanised Rural

The Electoral district of Colac was an electoral district of the Victorian Legislative Assembly, one of the inaugural districts of the first Assembly in 1856.[1][2]

Its area was defined by the 1855 Act as:

Colac was abolished in 1859, its area became part of the new Electoral district of Polwarth and South Grenville.[3]

The inaugural election took place on 3 October 1856; after votes for Rutherford and Theodore Hancock, a Melbourne solicitor were tied at 46 each, Rutherford was elected by the casting vote of the returning officer.[4]

Members for Colac[edit]

Member Party Term
  Andrew Rutherford Unaligned Oct 1856 – Jul   1857
  Theodore Hancock Unaligned Jul  1857 – Aug 1859

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Re-Member (Former Members)". State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Victoria Constitution Act 1855" (PDF). Retrieved 3 January 2014.
  3. ^ "An Act to alter the Electoral Districts of Victoria and to increase the number of Members of the Legislative Assembly thereof" (PDF). 1858. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Death of an Old Colac Identity". The Colac Herald. Vic.: National Library of Australia. 27 July 1894. p. 3. Retrieved 28 September 2014.

Coordinates: 38°20′S 143°35′E / 38.333°S 143.583°E / -38.333; 143.583