Maddingley is a residential suburb immediately south of Bacchus Marsh. It is 50 km west of Melbourne. Situated on the Werribee River, Maddingley was originally a farming hamlet separate from Bacchus Marsh. It is thought that it was named after Maddingley in Cambridge, England.

The Maddingley school was opened in 1855, but lasted only until 1863. When a railway line was built from Melbourne to Bacchus Marsh in 1887 the station was built in Maddingley. An adjacent reserve, later known as Maddingley Park, was improved and landscaped. With an area of about 9 hectares it was a popular destination for excursionists and train travellers. It is the best appointed park in Bacchus Marsh. The tennis clubhouse was originally a courthouse (1850). In 1903 Maddingley was described in the Australian handbook:

A chaff mill and stock-feed area were established next to the railway station. West of the park, the Bacchus Marsh agricultural and pastoral society established the showground which became the site of the high school (1922). The showground was moved south-west and is next to the Bacchus Marsh West golf club.

South of the railway line a brown coalmine was opened. The open-cut Maddingley mine is the third largest in Victoria after Latrobe Valley and Anglesea. Much of the coal supplies a hardboard mill, 2 km west.

Maddingley also has a cemetery, a heritage chicory kiln (1885) in Taverner Street and the Bacchus Marsh grammar school (1988). Its census populations have been:

Census Date Population
1861 130
1901 252
1947 446
2006 1624
2011 2394

Further Reading

Gwyn Moore and Jean Oomes, Bacchus Marsh: a pictorial chronicle, Bacchus Marsh, 1986