Town by town snapshot: Marshall

November 12, 2020 BY

The size of Marshall is approximately 2.3 square kilometres with the population of Marshall being 1,798 people in 2011 and by the 2016 Census the population was 1,899 showing a population growth of 5.6% in the area during that time.

Marshall, previously called Marshalltown, is an industrial and residential suburb 5 kilometres south of Geelong neighbouring Breakwater and was included in that area before gaining a separate name.

The Breakwater area was used for tanneries, fellmongeries and animal by-product industries. Many of them were located there to take advantage of the saltwater Barwon River, south of the artificial breakwater that was built in 1837.

By the mid-1850s Thomas Marshall, a Geelong wool merchant, established a wool scouring works near the breakwater, and the place was named after him.

In the 1850s Marshall and areas to its south were covered with wattle, a source of wattle bark for tanneries.

In 1877 the railway line from Colac to Geelong was opened, and in 1879 there was a line to Geelong racecourse until 1906 when racing moved to north of the river at Breakwater.

By the early 1900s Marshall had a small industrial township with a school, hotel, post office and an Anglican church.

In 2012 residential development in Marshall was signalled by the Armstrong Creek development plan.

CoreLogic data indicates that the predominant age group in Marshall is 30-39 years with

households in Marshall being primarily childless couples and are likely to be repaying $1,400 – $1,799 per month on mortgage repayments, and in general, people in Marshall work in a professional occupation.

In 2011, 72.5% of the homes in Marshall were owner-occupied compared with 61.6% in 2016.

TIDBIT: The Marshall Railway Station was closed in 1964 and re-opened in 2005


Population: 1,899

Male: 45%

Female: 55%

Median age: 47

5 year population change: 5.6%

Median house price: $486,500

Change in Median Price: (5yrs) is 28%

Median asking rent per week: $402

Average length of ownership: 9 years

Owner occupiers: 74%

Renters: 26%

Historic median house price:

July 2020: $486,500

July 2019: $487,500

July 2018: $455,000

July 2017: $412,750

July 2016: $380,000

House sales per annum:

Period ending July 2020: 42

Period ending July 2019: 24

Land median sale price:

July 2020: N/A

July 2019: N/A

Land sales per annum:

Period ending July 2020: 1

Period ending July 2019: 0

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