Sale is the last (or first if coming from the east) of the sextuplet major towns in the Latrobe Valley. The growth of Sale has been mostly of recent times, but that said there is evidence of heritage care, but developers are hovering.
The first white settler was Archibald McIntosh who arrived in 1844 and established his 'Flooding Creek' property. A Post Office named Flooding Creek opened on 30th September 1848 being renamed, somewhat belatedly, as Sale on 1 January 1854 when the new settlement was gazetted; a tribute to General Sir Robert Sale, a British army officer who won fame in the first Afghan war before being killed in battle in India in 1845.
Sale benefited from the 1851 gold rush at Omeo as it was situated on the Port Albert to Omeo route and was an important base for the goldfields. In 1863 the population of Sale reached 1800 and it became a borough. The courthouse opened the following year. Shops, hotels and offices spilled over into Raymond Street. The Catholic Cathedral was built in the early 1900’s. The Uniting Church was built also at that period. The Anglican being recited a few blocks east.
There is much to admire about Sale; the wide streets, the use of gardens and space and the care with modernization. And there is no doubt heritage is important. Care will be needed. Allow a day or three when visiting.