Invicta Bus Services

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Invicta Bus Services
ParentVentura Bus Lines
Founded24 May 1936
Service areaEastern Melbourne
Service typeBus operator
HubsChirnside Park Shopping Centre
Stud Park Shopping Centre
Waverley Gardens Shopping Centre
Westfield Knox
Ferntree Gully
Fleet97 (April 2014)
Chief executiveAndrew Cornwall

Invicta Bus Services was a bus and coach operator in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It was a Melbourne bus company that operated 16 bus routes under contract to Public Transport Victoria. It was acquired by Ventura Bus Lines in November 2011 as part of Ventura‘s purchase of Grenda's Bus Services.


Croydon Bus Service owned by Bill Wilson commenced in May 1936 between Croydon and North Croydon. In December 1947 Clem Usher purchased the business. The business expanded with the purchase of Ringwood Bus Service in May 1952, A Turner in 1968, Adams Bus Service in January 1979.[1]

In July 1987 Invicta purchased Morse's Bus Service in Devonport, Tasmania. This was sold in 1990.[2][3]

Invicta was acquired by the Grenda Corporation in March 2009,[4] and was included in the sale of Grenda Corporation to Ventura Bus Lines in November 2011.[5][6]


As at April 2014 the fleet consisted of 97 buses.[7] Invicta's buses were painted in a fawn and orange livery that was later superseded by a white, yellow and red livery. It has since adopted the standard white with red and yellow flashes of Grenda Corporation. No Invicta buses were ever painted in Ventura's blue livery, although new buses were delivered in the later white Ventura livery prior to the PTV branding.

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  1. ^ Melbourne Metropolitan Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Melbourne: Bus & Coach Society of Victoria. 1991. p. 13.
  2. ^ "Victorian Buses in the Eighties" Australian Bus Panorama 6/8 May 1991 page 14
  3. ^ Tassielink History Tassielink
  4. ^ "Grenda acquires Invicta Bus Lines". Retrieved 2 May 2009.
  5. ^ Grenda Announcement 18/11/2011 Archived 2 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine Grenda Corporation 18 November 2011
  6. ^ The man with the golden handshake The Australian 10 March 2012
  7. ^ Ventura Group - Invicta Australian Bus Fleet Lists

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