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A Town of Historic Trees
Terang is situated on the Princess Highway, 141 km west of Geelong and 45 km north-east of Warrnambool in the centre of a rich dairying district. Smaller centres around it such as Kolora, Noorat, GlenormistonDixie and Ecklin have used Terang as a service town for many years. Local aboriginal tribes were the first to discover the natural wealth through out the district . They set up camps beside lake Terang which was home to an abundance of fish, bird and animal life, thus  providing them with food and water. The first slab hut was erected in 1840 on the eastern bank of the lake by Donald McNicol an employee of Neil Black of Glenormiston. After being surveyed in 1858 land sales took place, homes and businesses were then built, Horse and coach services operated by Sumper and Co as well as Cobb and Co, provided daily transport to Geelong in the 1870ís. The journey would take as long as 13 hours.

The Railway line from Melbourne reached Terang in 1887 and the construction of the link to Warrnambool was completed two years later. Terang was the first town in the Commonwealth to provide it's own Post Office tower and clock through Public subscription in 1904. In 1907 a group of local families bought the original grocery and produce business and formed the Terang & District CO - Operative Society. This unique business is still operating from it's prominent site opposite the Terang Post Office.
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