Gippsland's first city and originally called Flooding
Creek until 1850 when the name was changed to Sale after Sir
Robert Sale who was killed in action during the 1845 Afghan
The town of Sale started to expand when the gold rush started
nearby in Omeo then the swing bridge and Sale canal were
built during the late 1880's which opened the town up to
shipping. The railway also arrived at around this time
making travel to and from Melbourne quicker.
The RAAF air
base was constructed here in 1841 further establishing the
town as a regional centre.