Tatong

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Tatong
Victoria
TatongTavern.JPG
The Tatong Tavern
Tatong is located in Rural City of Benalla
Tatong
Tatong
Coordinates 36°43′44″S 146°6′36″E / 36.72889°S 146.11000°E / -36.72889; 146.11000Coordinates: 36°43′44″S 146°6′36″E / 36.72889°S 146.11000°E / -36.72889; 146.11000
Population 350 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3673
Location
LGA(s) Rural City of Benalla
State electorate(s) Euroa
Federal Division(s) Indi

Tatong is a town in north eastern Victoria, Australia. The town is on the northern foothills of the Blue Ranges, part of the Great Dividing Range, beside Holland Creek, 226 kilometres (140 mi) north east of the state capital, Melbourne. At the 2011 census, Tatong had a population of 350.[1]

The area is a mixture of farmland, pine plantations and dense bush

History[edit]

The Post Office opened on 10 October 1890 on the arrival of the railway from Benalla, closing in 1993.[2]

Timber from the surrounding hills was harvested to supply the early Melbourne power station until coal from the Latrobe Valley became the favoured fuel source. That together with dwindling patronage of the rail line to Benalla led to the closing of the rail line after World War II.

Sign indicating the location of the former Tatong Railway Station.

Tatong is the birthplace of Michael Joseph Savage, the first Labour Prime Minister of New Zealand,[3] and Graeme Peck, male lead for the Australian Ballet Company.[citation needed]

Facilities[edit]

It has a pub, the Tatong Tavern, a memorial hall and sports ground.

It has an active community with archery, cricket, tennis and table tennis clubs. Tatong used to have netball and Australian rules football teams competing in the Ovens and King Football League prior to being thrown out. Other groups include the Tatong Angling Group, Tatong Heritage Group [1] and the Tatong Young Bloods.

People from Tatong[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tatong (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2 December 2014.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Gustafson, Barry. "Savage, Michael Joseph - Biography". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Tatong, Victoria at Wikimedia Commons