WELCOME TO VIRTUAL YALLOURN
Journey back with us to the old township of Yallourn in Latrobe Valley, Victoria – a unique town built between the 1920s and 1950s by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) to house their workers and then dug up by the same SECV for the coal beneath in the 1980s. This is our way of revisiting our town with our children and grandchildren.
In memory of Mavis & Paddy Mewett, who loved Yallourn so much. We have been able to upgrade our website thanks to the generosity of Kay Hall (Mewett) as a tribute to her parents. Our original software had to quickly be updated and we have now been able to stay in business. Stage 2 Redesign will make the site more user-friendly and even more informative...so please be patient and let's know if you have any suggestions.
See the many photos and house plans, read information, memories and stories. Most of all, play a part in it with us by adding your own photos and memories and help us name the various people in existing photos - for everyone to share. (To contribute, contact email@example.com to set up an account.) Ex-residents, please also take the time to add your family to the map (HERE).
MOST RECENT ENTRIES:
The photo's were taken on the 15 June 1924 & show Horace & Mary Lynch's house at 12 Maiden Street.
Horace Lynch is establishing the front lawn.
YALLOURN - YEAR BY YEAR
The first sod in the Victorian Government’s ambitious scheme, to generate electricity at Yallourn, was turned almost a century ago (1921); and for the next six decades, the township of Yallourn ‘took root, bloomed, withered and died’….
“Yallourn was swallowed by the coal mine it was built to serve”… ‘The Herald Sun’ May 2016.
In this history series for the Virtual Yallourn website, the monthly activities, shown in each year, are not necessarily momentous occasions in the town’s history but simply attempt to further highlight the personalities of the town and the myriad of events that made the local (and often national) news.
The walk down ‘Memory Lane’ (not to be confused with Meadow Lane which ran off Latrobe Avenue) begins in the year of 1925 when the plans of the SEC were well underway; and the unique ‘garden town’ of Yallourn was taking shape and creating interest far and wide.
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These photos were part of montage of pictures about Yallourn in the ‘Weekly Times’ on 11th August 1943 under the headline of ‘Yallourn War Workers’
The caption under this photograph of Yallourn State School reads: "Children at the State School who, with children at the High School, have put £ 1 382 into War Savings Certificates, and £462 into the War Relief Fund."
The caption below the middle photograph above read:
“WITHIN ONLY ONE HUNDRED YARDS OF THE POWER-HOUSE AT YALLOURN, this bush fire swept through timbered country yesterday. Only the change in the direction of the wind saved the township from destruction...”
THE PAGE ONE ARTICLE ABOUT THE FIRES AT YALLOURN
The article on the front page of the same newspaper read as follows:
THREE-MILE FRONT OUTBREAK AT YALLOURN
When the Saints go Marching in - Track from "Music Theatre", the 1963 record made by the Yallourn High School Choir
The Moon - Track from "Music Theatre", the 1963 record made by the Yallourn High School Choir
The Drunken Sailor - Track from "Music Theatre", the 1963 record made by the Yallourn High School Choir