A major diarying centre sustained by dairy processing industries and the intense development of nearby coal fields.

Location: 125 km east of Melbourne.

Natural features: Upper Latrobe Valley; Tanjil River; Narracan Falls; Henderson’s Gully

Brief history: the town was established in the 1860s. Dairying and timber milling have long been the town’s major industries. Potato growing was introduced after World War II.

Origin of name: the town was named after British naval hero Lord Horatio Nelson who scored his most notable victory over the French and Spanish fleets off Spain’s Cape Trafalgar in 1805. Trafalgar is believed to be the only town named after the famous battle, although there appear to be districts so named. A neighboring town, Yarragon, was once called Waterloo.

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