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Trip Planner South Pacific  /  Australia  /  Victoria  /  Gippsland  /  Yarram
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Yarram is an isolated town in Victoria, Australia, in the Shire of Wellington, located in the southeast of Gippsland. At the, the population of the town was. The town is the regional centre for a prosperous farming district, has a vibrant community, which remains particularly dedicated to a strong sporting culture. The town is located about two hours from Wilsons Promontory. Nearby towns include Welshpool, Alberton and Foster.EtymologyThe term 'Yarraam Yarraam' is thought to be an Aboriginal phrase meaning 'plenty of water,' however it is not known which language group the name is taken from.HistoryThe traditional custodians of the land surrounding Yarram are the Australian Aboriginal Kurnai people, who resisted the invasion of their lands, and sustained heavy casualties as a result.Being close to one of the first Victorian trade ports, the town grew quickly after settlement, as a result of the rich dairy country that supplies milk products to Australia, and to the timber industry. In 1841 the site, originally a low-lying swamp, was chosen by a Scottish clan leader, Aeneas Ronaldson MacDonnell, who, with his fellow Scots, attempted to set up a feudal-style court. However, the experiment folded and he subsequently moved to New Zealand.The post office opened on 1 February 1861 as Yarram Yarram and was renamed Yarram in about 1925. The railway arrived in 1921; the line between Welshpool and Leongatha was closed in October 1987.
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