Lockwood and Lockwood South

Lockwood and Lockwood South are rural/residential areas 13-14 km south-west of Bendigo. They comprise a linear locality generally following the Bullock Creek and the Ravenswood-Marong Road (Calder Alternative Highway).

Lockwood was settled as an agricultural district although there were gold fields within 10 km at Marong and Kangaroo Flat. A Wesleyan Independent school was opened at Lockwood South in 1859 and a government school was opened in Lockwood in 1864. Within 10 years the Lockwood South school came under government operation. The district has been divided into Lockwood North, Lockwood and Lockwood South, but most current maps now only mention the last two names.

Between 1864 and 1908 Lockwood was the administrative centre of Marong shire.

In 1903 Lockwood was described in the Australian handbook:

Lockwood continued to be an agricultural locality until the upgrading of the road, which has become a bypass for travellers wanting to avoid Bendigo. It then gained some roadside passing trade, and its proximity to Bendigo made it attractive for rural/residential living. The two schools continue with 181 pupils at Lockwood and 21 at Lockwood South (2014). There are also two churches, a hotel, and a public hall. The brick Uniting (originally Wesleyan, 1872) church at Lockwood South is an impressive building.

Census populations have been:

census date population
  Lockwood Lockwood South

Lockwood South and environs

1861 71    
1871 92    
1881 402    
1911 362    
1921 151 109  
1947 141 51  
1961 81 119  
2006 740   926
2011 756   906

Further Reading

Ken Arnold, Bendigo its environs: the way it was, Bendigo, 2003