Geelong

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Geelong (dʒəˈlɒŋ)
 
n
a port in SE Australia, in S Victoria on Port Phillip Bay. Pop: 130 194 (2001)

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geelong

second largest city of Victoria, Australia, and a major port on Corio Bay (an extension of Port Phillip Bay). Founded in 1837, its name is a derivation of the Aboriginal word jillong, which means "the place of the native companion," referring to a long-legged water bird. Formally declared a town in 1838, it was proclaimed a municipality in 1849. Depopulated by news of gold strikes (1851), Geelong began to recover when its rail link to Melbourne was completed (1857). It became a city in 1910 and grew rapidly after World War II.

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