Powelltown, Victoria

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Powelltown
Victoria
Powelltown Main Street 002.JPG
Main street
Powelltown is located in Victoria
Powelltown
Powelltown
Coordinates 37°51′54″S 145°45′11″E / 37.865°S 145.753°E / -37.865; 145.753Coordinates: 37°51′54″S 145°45′11″E / 37.865°S 145.753°E / -37.865; 145.753
Population 192 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3797
Elevation 189 m (620 ft)
Location
LGA(s) Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s) Electoral district of Eildon
Federal Division(s) Division of Casey
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
18.3 °C
65 °F
6.9 °C
44 °F
1,458.6 mm
57.4 in

Powelltown is a town in Victoria, Australia, 70 km east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2011 Census, Powelltown had a population of 192.

History[edit]

The first settlement was established in 1901 when H Blake founded the first timber mill known as Blake’s Mill; later a larger mill was constructed and completed in 1913 by the Victorian Powell Wood Processing Company to harvest hard wood mountain ash in the Little Yarra Valley to fill its new government contracts. The logs were transported from the forests to the sawmills by tramway and from there to the railheads at Yarra Junction and Warburton. The Post Office opened around 1904 as Blake's, and was renamed Powelltown in 1912.[2]

The Powelltown Tramway provided a passenger and goods service to Yarra Junction between 1913 and 1945.

Today, many of the trails constructed to transport timber have been opened up as walking trails and driving routes for tourists.

Sport[edit]

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League. Despite its small population, Powelltown has produced a number of AFL former players including, Melbourne Demons forward Sean Charles and Western Bulldogs and Fremantle forward Daniel Hargraves. A relative of Charles, former West Coast Eagles defender David Wirrpanda also played junior football with the Powelltown Demons.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Powelltown (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-02-07. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  • Stamford, F.E.; Stuckey, E.G.; Maynard, G.L. (1984). Powelltown, a history of its timber mills and tramways. Melbourne: Light Railway Research Society of Australia. ISBN 0-909340-21-8.  (151 pages)

External links[edit]

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