Brief history: in April 1844, Edward William Hobson went out from
his family’s station near Arthur’s Seat, with a large mob
of cattle, travelling via Tarwin and South Gippsland, to reach the run.
During the next year, 1845, other settlers began to move into the area.
In 1854, James Purves sold the West Traralgon run to Duncan Campbell.
Four years later, Duncan built a hotel and for 60 years it served the
people of the district as Post Office, store, Court House and Church.
When the Sale to Drouin railway line was extended to Maffra, the repair
shops and Locomotive Depot were moved from Sale to Traralgon. They
remained in service until the 1960s and provided hundreds of jobs over
the years. In the Depression years they were the main source of
employment in the town.
Origin of name: of Aboriginal origin, said to be a phrase describing cranes eating frogs.