|Population||217 (2016 census)|
|Elevation||189 m (620 ft)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Yarra Ranges|
|State electorate(s)||Electoral district of Eildon|
|Federal Division(s)||Division of Casey|
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 2016 Census, Powelltown had a population of 217.
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 hardwood 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. With renowned axemen like Shane Corr, who opened up the vanes of timber with no more than an axe and a team of bullocks to for fill his government contracts. The Post Office opened around 1904 as Blake's and was renamed Powelltown in 1912.
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, including the Powelltown Tramway Rail Trail.
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.
- 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)
Media related to Powelltown, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons
- Powelltown (SMH Travel)