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(3813, 69 km SE, Cardinia Shire)

Established on the edge of the Koo Wee Rup Swamp, Tynong derives its name from an Aboriginal term meaning 'many fish'. Early occupations were sleeper-cutting in the 1870s for the Gippsland railway, eucalyptus oil-distilling, timber-milling and charcoal-burning. The settlement grew up around the railway station. After the swamp was drained, dairy and vegetable farms were established on the fertile soil south of the railway, while to the north the land was used for grazing. Granite-quarrying was an important local industry in the 1920s and 1930s. The granite used in the Shrine of Remembrance comes from Tynong.

Jenny Keating