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Pre European settlement
The Bulleen billabongs were an important territory for the Manna Gum people for approximately 5,000 years. Generations had lived on the river flats when wild fish and ducks were abundant. Bolin was the largest lake/billabong in the area and was a significant ritual meeting place for the aborigines, where numerous corroborees were held either by the billabong or on the hills. But by 1841, manager and protector of the aborigines William Thomas received different orders.
In 1841 Frederic Unwin, a Sydney solicitor, purchased 5,120 acres, or eight square miles of land, including all of the present suburb of Bulleen. The land was purchased from the Crown for one pound an acre under the terms of the short-lived Special Survey regulations. The area was sometimes known as Unwin’s Special Survey.
The first Bulleen Post Office opened on 1 April 1952, was renamed Bulleen West in 1960 and closed in 1976. Bulleen South office opened in 1959, was renamed Bulleen in 1960 and again named Bulleen South in 1969 when the current Bulleen office opened.
Bulleen is home to extensive sporting facilities belonging to the private schools of Carey and Trinity.