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Grovedale is a mainly residential southern suburb of Geelong, Victoria, Australia.HistoryToponomyIt was originally named Germantown due to several families of Lutheran German origin who arrived in 1849 and the community expanded during the 1860s. German Cottage, a house from this period located on Torquay Road, is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register.In September 1915, after the outbreak of the first world war, the South Barwon Council changed the named to Grovedale - the name of a nearby property bought by Alexander Pennell in 1847. The Post Office was renamed on 1 March 1916.SettlementA Post Office had opened on 21 January 1860. There were also two hotels, two flour mills, two tanneries and four wool-washing businesses.The hilly country and volcanic soil were ideal for orchards and vineyards. The area earned a significant reputation for its bad smell and was Victoria's largest wine-producing region, thanks to the efforts of Prussian(German) migrants.Postwar housing boomResidential expansion commenced in Grovedale in the late 1960s, the first housing estates branching off the Surfcoast Highway. Later expansion throughout the 1970s to the 1990s moved to the west along Church Street, Pioneer Road, and Heyers Road.A Grovedale East Post Office opened in 1996 near the Surf Coast Highway.Grovedale was formerly the southern suburban boundary for Geelong prior to the development of the Armstrong Creek Growth Area. The suburb previously included land south of the Warrnambool railway line; however, on 23 February 2012, the state government made significant changes to the suburban boundaries in the area, creating two new suburbs (Armstrong Creek and Charlemont) on the east side of the Surf Coast Highway, and extending the boundaries of Mount Duneed to the railway on the east side of the highway. The southern boundary of the suburb now ends at the railway line.
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