The small settlement of Newmerella is situated on the western side of the Snowy River, about 5 km south-west of Orbost and about 375 km east of Melbourne. The first inhabitants were the Krauatungalung tribe who hunted and fished along the river. Europeans occupied the area when the Newmerella pastoral run was taken up in 1847. Newmerella is an Aboriginal expression possibly meaning valley of plenty.

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