The township of Seville is nestled on the Highway between rolling hills. Seville was first settled in 1886 by the Payne, Olerenshaw and Downham families, and was originally named Redlands before being rechristened in honour of the daughter of State Treasury officer and settler, William Henry Smith.
Most pioneers were of English stock and many were granted licences to take up land in the area. Successive generations of clearing and cultivation have seen Seville become the heart of a prime agricultural district, surrounded by magnificent vistas of farmland, vineyards and natural bush.
The railway line from Lilydale to Warburton was opened in 1901 and trains finally ceased to travel the line in 1965. The track’s easement – which wanders through beautiful bush and farming land – is now the Lilydale-Warburton Rail Trail for walking, cycling and horse riding. A walk or ride along the trail is a good way to introduce yourself to the beauty of Seville.
From a small close-knit community of farmers and orchardists who worked land wrested from the surrounding bush, Seville today has expanded to a flourishing township. The bush track which served the needs of a much slower lifestyle has become the busy Warburton Highway and the little farmhouses have been replaced with suburban homes, sprawling homesteads built by hobby farmers seeking refuge from the frenetic pace of city life, and the architect-designed pavilions of prosperous vineyards.
Today Seville boasts a number of top-class wineries where visitors can enjoy local wine, excellent cuisine and the spectacular surroundings which make the Yarra Valley one of the most beautiful areas of Australia.
There is also an active township group in Seville.
‘Seville’, Victorian Places, 2014, accessed on 24/10/2021
Trevor Jones, Seville, the vision and the reality: 100 years 1886-1986, Seville, Seville Centenary Committee, c1986