Celebrating the 160th anniversary of the Bulla Roads District

Published on 07 September 2022

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Hume City Council will celebrate the 160th anniversary of the Bulla Roads District with a variety of community activities planned for Sunday 18 September. 

As part of the celebrations Council will proudly host an official welcome at the Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden in Bulla which will be open to all members of the general public. 

The historic garden is situated just outside the former Shire of Bulla Office bluestone building, which was constructed in 1867 and used as the official office space for the Shire of Bulla until 1956.  

The building is rarely open to the public however from 10am – 3pm visitors will be able to enjoy free self-guided tours of the building’s interior and a collection of memorabilia. 

In addition to the self-guided tours, Hume City Council will be co-hosting a market stall at the Bulla Bohemian Market in partnership with the Hume Visitor Information Centre which will provide free giveaways and historic facts. 

Visitors will also have the chance to visit the nearby Bulla Hill Railway on Green Street, which is operating from 9am to 3pm and includes short, scenic, mini-train rides for children and families in the afternoon.  

The market is just a two-minute walk from the Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden and former Shire of Bulla Office. 

Council is proud to celebrate this historic occasion and is delighted to welcome the community to join in on the celebratory activities. 

A Quick History of Bulla 

  • On 16 September 1862, the Bulla Roads District was formed and elected a governing ‘Road Board’, becoming one of the earliest forms of local government in the region. 
  • On 9 March 1866, the district was proclaimed a shire and become known as the Shire of Bulla.
  • In 1994, the former Shire of Bulla was incorporated alongside other municipalities including the City of Broadmeadows, City of Whittlesea and City of Keilor to establish the City of Hume or Hume City as it is known today.

Quotes to be attributed to Mayor Councillor Carly Moore

“Hume City is proud to commemorate the rich history of Bulla and to celebrate the role of government in the region.” 

“We encourage all local and visiting residents to come along and celebrate with a variety of family friendly activities for all ages.” 

Quotes to be attributed to Councillor Jarrod Bell

“I think it’s important that we recognise the significant role that Bulla has played in the history of local government in our community.”  

“160 years of some form of local government in the Bulla district area is definitely a milestone worth celebrating.” 

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