Terang, Victoria. Australia

Terang, Victoria. Australia

Like most farming communities Terang is a town with strong community life. One aspect of this is church life, with churches operating from very early days. The Presbyterian Church building was officially opened in 1894, though the congregation was active long before that.

Terang is in the Western District of Victoria, and is part of the Shire of Corangamite. It is on the Princes Highway 212 kilometres south west of Melbourne. It had a small population decline between 2001 and 2006, with census figures showing 1859 and 1824 respectively.

A Scottish squatter named James Dawson recorded much of the language of the original inhabitants, the Kirrae Wuurong people. The first dwelling in the township of Terang was a slab hut built in 1840 by Donald McNicol. The town developed through the 1840s and 1850s. It was well developed enough by 1859 that the Post Office was opened on 1 March 1859.

The railway reached Terang just 8 years later in 1867, and was extended further west and south, including to Mortlake. The Mortlake line was opened in 1893 and closed in 1967.

Terang is a National Trust Town of historic trees.

As I visited Terang and have researched this page, it has become obvious to me that Terang is a town with a lot of civic pride and confidence. This was so in the early days of settlement, and is very obvious in the early twentieth century from the fine buildings established then, and is still obvious now from the condition of the town, it's excellent facilities and it's cleanliness. Like all country towns it has its challenges as farms consolidate into bigger units which can cause a loss of population - Terang's population declined a little between 2001 and 2006, see above - and the tendency for people to move to bigger towns, particularly coastal towns. But Terang continues as a vital living community in a beautiful area of Victoria.

I have tried to get the feel of Terang with a few select images of highlights of the town. There is no doubt much more to see in Terang that is not included here. If you have pictures or stories of Terang that you would like to see on this page please contact us.

Thank you to Mick H, a Terang local (though he reckons his twenty years in the town are not enough to qualify him as a local!) who showed me around and pointed out areas of interest.