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.