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Lake Bolac

Lake Bolac is a town in the Western District region of Victoria, Australia.

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  • Area:273.744 km2
  • Elevation:214 m
  • Population:330
  • Local Government Area:Ararat Rural City Council

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Lake Bolac is a town in the Western District region of Victoria, Australia.The town is on the shores of Lake Bolac, and the Glenelg Highway passes through the town. At the 2016 census, Lake Bolac and the surrounding area had a population of 330. The name derives from bulluc, meaning swamp or lake in the Djab Wurrung language. The traditional owners of the area are the Girai wurrung people. # History ## Pre-colonial inhabitation Lake Bolac was the northern boundary of the Girai wurrung people's traditional lands, according to Norman Tindale, while large groups of up to 1,000 Djab wurrung and other peoples gathered here for a couple of months during the annual short-finned eel migration. George Augustus Robinson recorded in 1841 that 800 Aboriginal people had gathered at Lake Bolac – 'Lake Boloke' – to feast on plentiful eels, when "...local tribes numbered only sixty individuals".The name of the lake and thence the town derives from bulluc, meaning swamp or lake in the Djab Wurrung language.Anthropologist Harry Lourandos noted evidence of semi-permanent settlement near the lake. ## European settlement Lake Bolac Post Office opened on 1 November 1864. ## 2006 tornado On the night of 19 January 2006 Lake Bolac was hit by what has been described as a "mini-twister". Power lines were torn down, several buildings suffered mild to severe damage, more than 100 trees were uprooted, and eight grain silos were either damaged or destroyed. Around 400 residents lost power due to the tornado, and the damage bill was estimated at A$2m. # Weather # Things to do

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