For the first time the story of Captain William Henry Bacchus, of Bacchus Marsh, and his son has been told with documented evidence. So many myths have surrounded the family that it has taken much painstaking research to find the real facts about them.
This is the story of Captain Bacchus and his family who arrived in in the district of present day Bacchus Marsh from Sussex, England, early in 1838. They brought over sheep from Van Diemen’s Land and occupied five huts to maximize the station. The Captain built an imposing Manor House in 1846-7, which still stands today classified by the National Trust of Victoria.
The town, of course, takes its name from this pioneer family, not from the God of Wine.
Author: Betty Osborn
Publisher: Bacchus Marsh and District Historical Society Inc.