Traralgan is the next of the sextuplet of towns in the Latrobe Valley and is only about 8 k’s from Morwell that is now built up all the way. Traralgan is the ‘capitol’ of this immediate region, and is the town that has and is preserving the heritage of the past. Traditional buildings are getting a second life and as a result the ‘city’ is a much more liveable place.
The origin of the name Traralgon is uncertain. It is popularly believed to be derived from words from the Gunai language: tarra meaning "river" and algon meaning "little fish".
The township was established in the early 1860’s and in 1877 the railway line from Melbourne was completed. It was not until the 1930s however that Traralgon began to move away from farming based economy.
Further development resulted from the expansion of the power generation industry following World War II, particularly through the now defunct SEC. This included large construction of the massive Loy Yang Power Station in the 1970s and 1980s.
An Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) information processing centre was established in the early 1990s, at the time employing around 400 people.
Traralgan is a nice town and along with the region requires an extended visit. Something certainly clicks here.