Brief history: Toongabbie Township came into existence as a supply
town on route to the goldfields in the mountains. People, supplies and
equipment poured up the roads from Port Albert via Sale and Rosedale.
The Toongabbie to Walhalla road became the main artery between the two.
Toongabbie owes its origins to the transport industry or carrying trade
as it was called then. The pack horse and mule reigned supreme and that
is why the Thomson Valley Bush Riders Club relives history every year
with the annual packhorse ride from Toongabbie to Walhalla. Increased
movement through Toongabbie created interest stimulating investment and
it eventually evolved into an English style village. While the links
between Toongabbie and Walhalla developed, the first faltering steps
towards the formation of an agricultural industry, which today is the
town’s main source of income, were being made.
Ned Stringer Memorial