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Tallarook Main Street 001.JPG
Main street of Tallarook with the Tallarook Hotel on the left
Tallarook is located in Shire of Mitchell
Coordinates37°06′0″S 145°06′0″E / 37.10000°S 145.10000°E / -37.10000; 145.10000Coordinates: 37°06′0″S 145°06′0″E / 37.10000°S 145.10000°E / -37.10000; 145.10000
Population736 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Mitchell
State electorate(s)Euroa
Federal Division(s)Nicholls
Localities around Tallarook:
Hilldene Seymour Whiteheads Creek
Sugarloaf Creek Tallarook Whiteheads Creek
Broadford Broadford Strath Creek

Tallarook /tæləˈrʊk/[2] is a town in central Victoria, Australia. The town is in the Shire of Mitchell local government area and on the Hume Highway, 88 kilometres (55 mi) north of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2011 census, Tallarook had a population of 789.[1]

Tallarook Post Office opened on 1 April 1861.[3]

The town is known in Australia for the colloquialism, "Things are crook in Tallarook", believed to date to the Great Depression and unemployed travellers seeking work.[4] The phrase became the basis of a song composed by Jack O'HaganThings Is Crook in Tallarook.[5][6]

The main North East railway opened through the town in 1872 along with the local railway station, and a branch railway to Mansfield was started in 1883, extended to Mansfield in 1891, and Alexandra in 1909, before being closed on 18 November 1978.[7]

Tallarook came to public attention in 1880 with the discovery of a recluse living in the ranges nearby. Dubbed A Wildman at Tallarook,[8] emigrant Henricke Nelsen was arrested and jailed, causing quite a sensation in the region. He is the subject of a 2008 book[9] by Robert Hollingworth. While this book fictionalizes Nelsen's life, much of the region's early history is also detailed.

The town is home to a cricket club competing in the Seymour District Cricket Association.

The industrialist Essington Lewis settled near Tallarook on his property, Landscape in his later years until his death in 1961.[10]

The town is home to the infamous Tallarook Toilet Bug.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tallarook (L) (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 October 2007. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ Phoenix Auctions History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 24 March 2021.
  4. ^ Moore, Bruce. "From The Centre - October 2003". The Australian National Dictionary Centre. Retrieved 15 July 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Jack O'Hagan". David Spicer Productions. Retrieved 16 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Things is crook, in Tallarook". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 16 June 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Sid Brown (March 1990). "Tracks Across the State". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division). pp. 71–76.
  8. ^ The Argus 03/08/1880 p. 6
  9. ^ They Called Me The Wildman 2008
  10. ^ Blainey, Geoffrey; Smith, Ann G. "Lewis, Essington (1881–1961)". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online edition. Australian National University. Retrieved 21 May 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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