Tynong is thought to be an Aboriginal word meaning many fish, evidence of its location on the margin of the former Koo Wee Rup Swamp. This small township is situated on the Gippsland railway, 67 km south-east of central Melbourne, beyond Pakenham in the Shire of Cardinia.

Like many of the other towns along the Gippsland railway, Tynong was established as a result of the opening of the railway in 1877. In 1879, one of the settlers, R. Rogerson, bought 319 acres between the present Princes Highway and the railway.

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