Wensleydale, Victoria

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Wensleydale is located in Surf Coast Shire
Coordinates 38°22′08″S 144°03′11″E / 38.36889°S 144.05306°E / -38.36889; 144.05306Coordinates: 38°22′08″S 144°03′11″E / 38.36889°S 144.05306°E / -38.36889; 144.05306
Postcode(s) 3240
Elevation 200 m (656 ft)
Time zone AEST (UTC)
LGA(s) Surf Coast Shire
State electorate(s) Polwarth
Federal Division(s) Corangamite
Localities around Wensleydale:
Winchelsea South Wurdiboluc Gherang
Bambra Wensleydale Anglesea
Boonah Eastern View Aireys Inlet

Wensleydale is a small rural community in Victoria, Australia.

Wordieboluc Post Office opened on 15 March 1866 and was replaced by the Wensleydale office in 1872. It closed in 1955.[1]

Wensleydale was the terminus of a railway line which branched from the Port Fairy line near Moriac. The line opened in 1890 and was used to transport firewood, gravel and brown coal out of the area. It was closed in 1948.[2]

Wensleydale School opened on 1 January 1869 as a common school and became a state school in 1873. The school ceased to be staffed in 1951 and formally closed on 16 December 1953. The buildings were moved to the school at Colac West.[3]


  1. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  2. ^ Harrigan, Leo J. "Victorian Railways to ‘62", Victorian Railways Public Relations and Betterment Board, 1962, p. 284.
  3. ^ Blake, L. J. (1973). Vision and Realisation: A Centenary History of State Education in Victoria (Volume 2). Education Department of Victoria. p. 1023. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Houghton, Norm (1982). The Saddle Line: A History of the Moriac to Wensleydale Railway. Geelong: self published. ISBN 0 9593013 0 5.