is a town in Victoria
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, 40 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district
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. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges
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. At the 2006 Census, Yarra Glen had a population of 2598.
The Ryrie brothers (William, James and Donald) were the first Europeans to settle in the area, when they established the 43000 acres (174 km²) Yering run in 1837 after droving their cattle to the area from NSW. The brothers planted the first grape vines in the Yarra Valley in 1838 and produced their first wine in 1845. Joseph Furphy
Joseph Furphy , is widely regarded as the "Father of the Australian novel". He mostly wrote under the pseudonym Tom Collins, and is best known for his novel Such is Life , regarded as an Australian classic.-Biography:Furphy was born at Yering Station in Yering, Victoria...
, often regarded as the father of the Australian novel, was born on the station in 1843.
The Post Office opened on 11 January 1861 as Yarra Flats and was renamed Yarra Glen in 1889 when the railway arrived.
The now National Trust-listed Yarra Glen Grand Hotel was established in 1888. Its four story Italianate tower was added subsequent to the construction of the original hotel building.
The Black Friday
The Black Friday fires of 13 January 1939, in Victoria, Australia, were considered one of the worst natural bushfires in the world, and certainly the single worst in Australian history as a measure of land affected...
fires of 1939 badly damaged the area around Yarra Glen, as did the fires of 2009.
The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League
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Yarra Glen has a horse racing club, Yarra Valley Racing, which schedules around nine race meetings a year including the Yarra Glen Cup meeting in March.
Yarra Valley Harness Racing
Harness racing is a form of horse racing in which the horses race at a specific gait . They usually pull a two-wheeled cart called a sulky, although racing under saddle is also conducted in Europe.-Breeds:...
Club conducts regular meetings at its racetrack in the town.