Tragowel, Victoria

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Tragowel is located in Shire of Gannawarra
Location in Shire of Gannawarra
Coordinates 35°51′S 143°59′E / 35.850°S 143.983°E / -35.850; 143.983Coordinates: 35°51′S 143°59′E / 35.850°S 143.983°E / -35.850; 143.983
Population 336 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3579
LGA(s) Shire of Gannawarra
State electorate(s) Swan Hill
Federal Division(s) Mallee

Tragowel is a small town in the Wimmera region of Western Victoria, Australia. The town is located 267 kilometres (166 mi) north-west of the state capital, Melbourne.


In the 2011 census, Tragowel was listed as a state suburb of Victoria. The area this state suburb encompassed also included parts of Appin, Dingwall, Kerang East, Lake Meran and Maroona. On census night, the population of Tragowel was 336,[2] which included 178 males and 158 females, equating to a median age of 43.

262 (or 77.7%) residents of Tragowel were born in Australia. Other birthplaces include the Philippines (3.3%), England (1.5%) and Russia (0.9%). The remaining 16.6% did not disclose their country of birth.

The religious affiliation of Tragowel is quite varied. 26.7% of residents identified themselves as Catholic, 14.8% Uniting Church, 7.4% Anglican and 7.1% Presbyterian and Reformed. 16.9% declared no religious affiliation.


Tragowel is not situated on any major highways, however the Loddon Valley Highway is situated 4 km to the west of the town. There are currently no sealed roads leading into or out of the town.

The Yungera railway line runs through the town, however the station has long been closed and nothing remains of it.

The nearest airport is located in Kerang. There are no regular flights in or out of the airport.

Burke and Wills[edit]

The expedition by Burke and Wills to the Gulf of Carpentaria passed through Tragowel.[3] On 2 September 1860, the expedition group led by Robert O'Hara Burke arrived at the homestead of Abraham Booth and John Holloway on the Loddon River, called Tragowell Station (later renamed to Tragowel Estate)[4][page needed]. This homestead has since been replaced, however a piano played by Burke is still around to today and is owned by the grandson of Holloway.


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