Towns in Australia

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Briagolong VIC


Postcode: 3860

Briagolong is a town in the Australian state of Victoria, located 20 kilometres north of Maffra and some 270 kilometres east of Melbourne, in the Wellington Shire region of Gippsland. The town has an approximate population of 500.

The town’s principal industry has been timber, and it supplied red gum paving blocks for Melbourne’s streets, and stringybark for the flooring at Australia House in London. Today, the principal industries are honey production and fruit growing.

Briagolong was the home town of Private Jake Kovco, Australia’s first military casualty in the Iraq War. The funeral for Private Kovco was held in the town on 2 May 2006, and was attended by Prime Minister John Howard, Defence Minister Brendan Nelson, Defence Force Chief Angus Houston and Army Chief Peter Leahy.