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 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 www.yallourn.org and please 'Like' our Facebook page.


MOST RECENT ENTRIES:

Bill Jackson ... Yallourn Football Club ... and other players

Submitted by Julie George on Thu, 28/05/2020 - 15:49

THE STORY OF BILL JACKSON’S BATTLE TO PLAY VFL FOOTBALL

What started out as a fairly straight-forward and brief story for the Virtual Yallourn website, about Bill Jackson, ‘mushroomed’ into an article of some length.

Life’s journey is rarely a straight line; and this tale begins almost seventy years ago and has a few tricky twists and turns. Consequently, it seemed best to tell the story in two parts. The first deals with Bill Jackson’s attempt to play VFL football with Geelong; and the other part of the story centres upon Bill’s time as a pupil at the Yallourn High School in 1952 and 1953.

It is hoped that the article does justice to Bill not only as an accomplished footballer with the Blues but also as a dedicated student at YHS.

Pictured on left:  1. 1958 Yallourn Football Club  2. 2020 Bill and Betty Jackson

 

PART: 1

THE DOGMATIC DEMONS

SETTING THE SCENE

Late in 1953, one of the emerging young stars in local football, Bill ‘Ginger’ Jackson, was signed by the Melbourne Football Club. It was thrilling news for the sports-loving town of Yallourn; and a just reward for Bill’s dedicated training on the track and his courageous style of play on the field.

In that era, Melbourne FC, under the leadership of the legendary Coach Norm Smith and Secretary Jim Cardwell, was undertaking an aggressive recruiting campaign to re-build the Demon’s stocks. Mr Cardwell was a ‘man on a mission’ in the way he hunted far and wide for potential senior footballers; and Bill Jackson was just one of many young footballers pressed to sign with Melbourne in those times.

Note:  Three of the mentioned players (in the extract) became household names during Melbourne’s Golden Era:  Laurie Mithen, Ian Ridley and Clyde Laidlaw would, in time, become champions for the Demons. It is fair to say that Bill Jackson was in ‘good company’ at Melbourne in 1953. Initially, Bill was as ‘pleased as Punch’ to be listed with Melbourne. What youngster would not be?

However, Bill’s personal circumstances changed when, at the completion of his studies at Yallourn High School, he was granted a studentship to undertake Primary Teacher training at Geelong Teachers’ College.

Bill was without a car at that stage of his life; and to practise with Melbourne was not only onerous but quite expensive. Travelling to training (twice a week) and on match days by rail, stretched his ‘student budget’ and, more importantly, the time involved in such journeys could be best used in studying.

To continue reading, please click on the pdf link below...

pdf document

Reunion 2020

Submitted by Julie George on Thu, 21/05/2020 - 14:47
Year
2020
Relationship

1930s (front) & 1940s (back)

Standing:  Jim Donnet, Mardi Pettigrew, Kay Spurrier, Bev Gregory, Dorothy Andrews, Bruce King

Seated:  Helen Gregson, Max Fox

Reunion 2020

Submitted by Julie George on Thu, 21/05/2020 - 14:30
Year
2020
Relationship

1950s

Back Row:  Collin Johnston, ? , Barry Gust, Stan Hunt, ? , ? , Bob Vincent, Henry Winters, ? , Tric Austin, Veronica Lacey, Carole Hunt

Middle Row: Judy Ross, Bob Docking, ? , Kevin Speairs, ? , David Lewis, Geoff Morgan, David North, Ian Fleming, Tony Smith

Front Row:  Lois Gust, Sally Hardy, Chris Vincent, Susan Wallace, Cheryl Gribble, Denise Cox, Heather Norden, Robin Bavinton

Reunion 2020

Submitted by Julie George on Thu, 21/05/2020 - 13:23
Year
2020
Relationship

1960-64 - photographer Albie Kenny

Back Row:  Pamela Daddo, ? , Jeannie Abbott, Liz Aspinall, Merlene Wilkinson, Graeme Dowers, Merril Potter, David McLennan, Anne McAllister, ? , Anthony Harwood

Middle Row:  Beverley Mee, Moira Irvine, Dianne Robertson, Helene Wall, Graeme Sneddon, Julie Curtis, Teresa Gorbal, Steve Morgan, ? , Donna Casey, Joy Fielder, John Hall

Front Row:  Carole Sagar, Sandra Prust, Diane Hall, Penny Stitson, Chris Francis, Margaret Horne

Reunion 2020

Submitted by Julie George on Wed, 20/05/2020 - 16:36
Year
2020
Relationship

1960-64 with Albie

Back Row:  Pamela Daddo, Ann McAllister, Steve Morgan, Graeme Sneddon, Dianne Robertson, Teresa Gorbal, ?, Anthony Harwood, Graeme Dowers, David McLennan, Margaret Horne, John Hall

Front Row:  Diane Hall, Sandra Prust, Carole Sagar, Moira Irvine, Julie Curtis, Albie Kenny, Joy Fielder, Penny Stitson, Merlene Wilkinson, Helene Wall, Beverley Mee, Chris Francis

Reunion 2020

Submitted by Julie George on Wed, 20/05/2020 - 16:29
Year
2020
Relationship

1965-69

Back Row:  Jan Daddo, Jen Henson, Julie Francis, Leonne Krygsman, Anne-Maree Sneddon, Janee Pippen

Front Row:  Danny Burns, John Gloz, Steve Vanyai, David Hoch, Steve Vella