WELCOME TO VIRTUAL YALLOURN - winner of Commendation Award Oct 2015 and Oct 2016 (two years in a row) from Royal Historical Society of Victoria - 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 the only way we can revisit our town with our children and grandchildren.
See the many photos and house plans, navigate around our 3D Town, 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 julie@yallourn.org to set up an account.)
Ex-residents, please also take the time to add your family to the map (HERE).
For more information, visit YALLOURN ASSOCIATION at http://www.yallourn.org and please 'Like' our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/yallournassociation. .
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    FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE CAMPS & HOSTELS AT YALLOURN
    When reading about the history of Yallourn ,information related to the various workers’ camps and hostels can be confusing. The list and the map (below) attempt to clarify where (and when) the camps were established for workers in the Yallourn area.
    In the period 1887-1971, there were camps for workers at the Brown Coal Mine, Yallourn and near Hernes Oak.
    • North Camp: 1887-1959
    • East Camp : 1920-1928
    • West Camp: 1921
    • South Camp: 1921-1939
    • Eastern Hostel: 1949-1971
    • Yallourn South Migrant Workers Hostel: 1950-53
    • Married Quarters. (Down towards the Latrobe River)

    The map of the camps at Yallourn was originally published in Joseph Sestokas’ book entitled ‘Welcome to Little Europe. Displaced Persons and the North Camp’ - Little Chicken Publishing - 2010.
    The camps are an intriguing part of the history of Yallourn as they provided rudimentary living quarters and some sense of community for thousands of workers (many of whom had come from far-flung corners of the world seeking a new life in Australia).
    As can be imagined, life in the camps during the depths of winter and the height of summer would have been taxing. The nature of the work, in the early years of the Yallourn Project, was onerous; and the Spartan accommodation and conditions, provided for the men, were also a test of fortitude.

    A PHOTOGRAPHIC STUDY OF THE EARLY CAMPS AT YALLOURN
    The following photographs try to give some understanding of the various camps in and around Yallourn throughout the years. The photos are taken from various sources such as the State Library of Victoria, newspapers of the times, Prue McGoldrick’s history of Yallourn entitled ‘Yallourn Was’ and the Museum of Victoria collection.

    TO CONTINUE READING THIS ARTICLE AND VIEW THE PHOTOS, PLEASE CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE AND THEN CLICK THE LINK BELOW THE PICTURE (PDF FORMAT)

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    Circa 1957/1958
    Back Row: ? , ? , ? , Helen Lawton, ? , Grace Catchpole (teacher), Judy Scharinger, ? , ? , Edith Jones
    Front Row: ? , ? , ? , Jenny Scott, ? , ? , ? , Sylvia Vincent, Diane Morrison

    Possibly in the exchange team with Nunawading High School

    1957
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    Temporary housing at Yallourn - 1920-30.
    Source: Museum of Victoria Collection-MM9674

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    Camp Building

    Source: Prue McGoldrick "Yallourn Was" book

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    Sketch of the SEC's Eastern Road Hostel for Single Men in 1947
    Original source unknown

    1947
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    This photo shows men at the laundry at the main construction camp at Yallourn in 1923.
    Source: ‘The Argus’ Monday 27th August 1923 PAGE :7

    1923
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    Joe Schembri and in the background a view of the West Camp at Yallourn in 1950

    1950
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    1920’s… Water storage tanks are being transported to West Camp by horse and cart.
    Source: State Library of Victoria: H2009 18/285

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    The water tower and tanks for the West Camp.
    Source: State Library of Victoria: H2009.18/282

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    The Power Station and the West Camp (ie the line of tents in the foreground).
    Source: State Library of Victoria: H2009 18/623

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