Benambra, on the undulating plains about 24 km north of Omeo in East Gippsland, is predominantly a grazing district. The land was first taken up in the mid-1830s by squatters from the Monaro, New South Wales searching for new pastures. In the 1850s gold was discovered on the Livingstone Creek to the south, and later on the Gibbo River to the north. Land was opened up for settlement in the 1870s and the farmers were able to supply meat and other produce to the miners.

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