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Seville is a township in the Yarra Ranges, 44 km. east of Melbourne, and was the third station on the former Lilydale to Warburton railway line.

The first settlers in the Seville district came in the 1860s, and by the end of the 1870s there was a general store and post office. Originally named Redlands, a change of name to Seville was proclaimed in 1886, after the deceased daughter of a resident, William Smith. In the same year the Anglican church was opened and in the year following the Methodist church and the primary school. A cricket club was formed in 1890.

In 1901 the railway from Lilydale to Warburton was opened. In addition to carrying produce and passengers the railway carried firewood to metropolitan Melbourne until 1950. Seville's main crops came from orchards and berry farms, and fruit remains a significant part of local production.

A mechanics' institute was opened in 1913. In the postwar years an infant welfare centre was opened in 1952 and a memorial swimming pool in 1956. The closure of the railway in 1964 came after the decline of firewood harvesting and the greater availability of road transport.

The township has a strip shopping centre along the Warburton Highway and a large reserve with two ovals and other sporting facilities. The Wandin Yallock Creek runs through a reserve. Nearby is Seville East, with a progress hall and two reserves. The Seville East Vineyard was opened in 1972.

The census populations of Seville and Seville East have been 312 (1911), 438 (1954) and 2,459 (1991).


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