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.
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    St Therese's grade 3 and 4 - 1970

    Saint Therese's Catholic primary school grade 3 and 4 - 1970

    Front Row: Kim Powell, XX, XX, Louise D'Alterio, Tanya Louison, Anne Fanning, XX, Rhonda Curtis, Bernadette Laird

    Second Row: Tim D'Alterio, Robert Tarraran, Murphy, Greg Wiggins, XX, Ray Lovison, xx, Marcus Heriban

    Third Row: xx, Robert Rodgers, Robert Smart, Claire Murphy, Maureen Tun, xx, John Broberg, Peter Laird, Burke

    Rear: Burke, Darrel Larsen, XX, Paul Dougan

    10/02/2018 - 19:50
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    Everyone with a connection to Yallourn WELCOME. For more information, go to www.yallourn.org and click on "Reunions". See who else has paid up so far by following the link.
    Pre-booking is essential by Friday, 16 February

    07/02/2018 - 10:28
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    Provided by Russell Curtis

    29/01/2018 - 13:49
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    The following extract, regarding the M.C.C.’s visit to play a cricket match against a combined Gippsland team at the Yallourn Oval, was published in the ‘The Argus’ (Melbourne) in February 1955.
    When the Gippsland XI was announced, two well-known and popular cricketing identities of Yallourn, Dick Sagar (wicketkeeper) and Ken Grant (fast bowler), were named in the team.
    The local cricket clubs were buoyed by the inclusion of Dick and Ken; and the fact that two Yallourn cricketers were playing against the tourists added another dimension to the eagerly anticipated event. The people of Yallourn were chuffed that the Australian Cricket Board had chosen ‘their oval’ as the venue for the tour match; and it is fair to say that Dick and Ken were ‘local heroes’ around town.
    The visit by Len Hutton’s team generated a deal of interest in Yallourn; and, as a consequence, there were several articles regarding the town and the picturesque oval in the local and metropolitan newspapers.
    Yallourn’s Curator of Parks and Gardens, Jock Lawson, received accolades for the outstanding job that he (and his staff) had done in preparing the turf pitch, outfield and surrounds …
    “The English cricketers, visiting pressmen and commentators, Australian and international, had nothing but praise for the Yallourn Oval, which they described as the best country ground they have ever seen on tour.” ‘Morwell Advertiser.’
    In 1970, Jock Lawson was awarded an MBE for his services to the town of Yallourn; and he will always be remembered, by cricket lovers far and wide, for the world-class standards of the pitch and outfield for the match that year.
    Thousands of spectators witnessed the match; and it was necessary to erect temporary ‘scaffold stands’ to accommodate the crowd that attended one of the most famous sporting events in Yallourn’s history.
    Former Yallourn resident, prominent local cricketer and administrator, John White (a recipient of the coveted Cricket Victoria Award in 2013) has included a complete score-sheet of the match in his book ‘Coaldust and Cricket’ which was published in 2012.
    The photograph of Ken Grant and Dick Sagar, which accompanies this story, was included in John’s book; and other photos and articles regarding the Yallourn Cricket Club can be found on this website.
    Note: A story about Jock Lawson and his family can also be found on this website.


    Yallourn, Friday. Country people will travel hundreds of miles to see England's triumphant Ashes winning team play a Victorian Country X1 here this weekend.
    A half-holiday has been granted on Monday, and the subject cricket was on the lips of almost everyone here today. District banks and schools will be closed from noon, and the few business houses which remain open are likely to be short-staffed. It is estimated that between eight to 10 thousand people will see the match.
    The weather is now perfect and warming up.
    The curator ‘Jock’ Lawson and his assistant Alf White vow they will have the wicket in first-class condition. Covers will be used before and during the match in the event of rain.
    Elaborate preparations have been made to cope with a big crowd, including the erection of a new stand for an additional 1,200 people and a spacious parking area. At their request no civic reception was held when the Englishmen arrived today.
    Teams are:
    England: Hutton (Capt.), Edrich, Evans, Appleyard, Compton, Wardle, Simpson, Wilson, Graveney, Loader, Bedser, Andrew.
    Country team: G. Bath (Rutherglen), R. Walker (Dandenong), L. Holyoak (Ballarat), N. Chapman (Geelong), R. Milne (Traralgon, capt.), C. Miles (Leongatha, vice-capt.), L. Baker (Leongatha), B. Tozer (Warragul), W. Young (Stratford), R. Sagar (Yallourn), K. Grant (Yallourn), R. McIndoe (Leongatha), 12th man.

    1. The Victorian Country XI made 182 runs in the first innings with Bill Young, from Stratford, making a well complied 56 against some fine pace bowling. Bill also played 94 games with St Kilda Football Club and was regarded as one of Gippsland’s finest all-round sportsmen.

    2. England’s opening fast bowler Peter Loader captured five wickets and spinner Johnny Wardle snared the wickets of four ‘Gippslanders.’

    3. Yallourn’s representatives in the match, Dick Sagar and Ken Grant, faced world-class bowling that day; and, in the first innings, Dick made two runs and Ken was bowled by Johnny Wardle for a duck.

    4. Dick Sagar was the wicket keeper for the Country XI that day. Throughout his cricket career, Dick’s glove work was superlative; and his sure hands and nimble footwork gave all bowlers great confidence. Prior to the selection of the Gippsland team, Dick received praise for his brilliant performance in the CGCA match against Morwell Imperials…
    “ Yallourn Keepers Stumps Three - One Catch …With three stumpings and a catch, Yallourn keeper, Dick Sagar, on Saturday must have gone a long way to clinching his place as 'keeper for the Country XI scheduled to meet the English tourists at Yallourn on February 5th and 7th.” ‘Morwell Advertiser’ December 13th 1954.

    5. England’s star studded batting line-up included: Sir Leonard Hutton ( 75 runs), Tom Graveney ( 50), Bill Edrich (36) and, one of England’s most famous sporting heroes, Denis Compton made 24 runs. The M.C.C. batsmen compiled 300 runs with comparative ease; and, although Yallourn’s big-hearted opening bowler Ken Grant failed to take a wicket, he took a catch to dismiss Godfrey Evans.

    6. In the second innings, Johnny Wardle cast a spell on the Gippsland batsmen and claimed seven wickets for 45 runs in a superb exhibition of spin bowling. Johnny was a slow left arm orthodox bowler and could bowl the ‘Chinaman’ with great effect. He captured 102 wickets in Test cricket. Johnny, from Yorkshire, had a wonderful sense of humour; and his interaction with the crowd at Yallourn was unforgettable.
    Young and old alike, crowded along the boundary fence to talk with Johnny and he became an ‘overnight celebrity’ in Yallourn. Locals enjoyed his sense of humour and his rapport with the crowd was memorable. Godfrey Evans and Reg Simpson also proved very popular characters with the spectators.

    7. One of the highlights of Gippsland’s second innings was when Yallourn’s Ken Grant lofted a ball from Johnny Wardle ‘high, wide and handsome’ over the fence. It was a ‘big six’ and it gave the spectators at the Yallourn Oval something to remember despite the Gippsland team’s disappointing performance at the batting crease.

    8. One of the BBC’s finest cricket commentators, Charles Fortune, was in the visiting party. The commentators broadcasted the match from a table, under the shade a large gum tree, on the hillside overlooking the ground. It is documented that Arthur Gilligan and the ABC’s renowned sports commentator of that era, Noel Bailey, were also at Yallourn for the match…
    “…A.B.C. commentators will be Charles Fortune, Arthur Gilligan and Noel Bailey. Four special enclosures and tables will accommodate the pressmen.” ‘The Argus’ February 3rd 1955.

    9. As mentioned in ‘The Argus’ the school children of Yallourn were given a half-day holiday to attend the match; but is known that some students ‘lost their way’ and ‘ended up’ at the Yallourn swimming pool.

    10. The M.C.C.’s stop-over at Yallourn also included a special Cricketers’ Church Service at St John’s Church and the pews were packed…
    “Following the service, the congregation enjoyed a social hour and a welcome was extended by Don Francis (St John’s CC), Dick Sagar (Yallourn CC) and Dick Swainsbury (Monash CC). Appreciation of the welcome received at Yallourn was given by Arthur Gilligan, Alec Bedser and Vic Wilson.” Source: ‘Coaldust and Cricket’ by John White. Page: 94.

    11. Mr Don Francis, as mentioned above, is the father of Julie George (Secretary of Yallourn Association and administrator of this website). Not only was Don Francis actively involved in local cricket but he was also an enthusiastic member of the Yallourn Golf Club. Don Francis and Arnold Sambell were instrumental in initiating an ambitious project to extend the buildings at the golf course in 1965.

    12. There were two very competitive cricket clubs in Yallourn in that era (St John’s and Yallourn). In the mid 1950’s, a new cricket team, named the Yallourn Colts came into being. In 1957, the Colts, captained by *Norm Byrne (owner-manager of the Yallourn delicatessen-see below) defeated the Yallourn-St John’s XI to win the CGCA Grand Final. In 1958-59, St John’s merged with Yallourn CC.

    13. Yallourn was probably the only place in the world where cricketers, requiring a new bat, would need to visit a delicatessen. Norm Byrne always had on hand a selection of bats and cricket gear in the storeroom of his shop.

    The above story is part of an on-going project regarding the history of Yallourn. The story was researched and written by Roger Spaull and presented and posted by Julie George for the Virtual Yallourn website in January 2018.
    The above article from ‘The Argus’ newspaper has been faithfully reproduced. The only amendments to the original copy are the font style, font size and spacing, so as to enhance the article for purposes of posting on the Virtual Yallourn website.

    25/01/2018 - 16:44
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    A Stromberg-Carlson A.C. Dual-Wave Radio Model 635 from Yallourn – by Ken Tate

    In 1936 my grandfather, Sid Tate, bought a new Stromberg-Carlson A.C. Dual-Wave Radio Model 635 from the local radio repair man in Yallourn (a nearby neighbour), with the money he earned from working overtime at the Yallourn Power Station. This provided news and entertainment for the family and was very useful during the War listening to the BBC on the short wave band as they had family in England. When the radio repair man retired, he let my father Ray who was experimenting with radio, to help himself to anything he wanted from under the house in the way of valves, components, etc.

    My grandfather was a welder by trade but experimented in making his own pickup cartridges to enable him to play records through the PU input of the radio, however the radio audio amplifier did not have enough gain to be successful and would have required a preamp. Eventually he converted the Stromberg into a radiogram by splitting the cabinet and widening it to add a turntable.

    The now Stromberg radiogram was eventually handed down to my father and when a new Precedent Radiogram was purchased the Stromberg was retired to the back shed. This is about the time I remember the Stromberg Carlson shortly before the radio chassis was extracted and kept whilst the remainder went to the tip, as we were shifting house.

    I set up the Stromberg chassis in my bedroom as a teenager in the late 1960’s, as I was dabbling in electronics which had rubbed off from my father after he made me a two transistor bedroom radio in my younger years. We used a 15W globe in place of the power supply filter choke on the Stromberg as I only had a permanent magnet speaker at the time. I managed to get an electric shock from the exposed terminals on the tuning signal strength meter, which dad promptly removed.

    In 1975 we shifted house again and the Stromberg ended up in the garden shed at the new house for many years. In the early 1990’s I placed a wanted advertisement in the HRSA newsletter for a cabinet or photos and dimensions so I could have a replica cabinet built for the Stromberg Carlson but no one come forward.

    I also remembered Arthur Hamilton from Yallourn used to have a Stromberg Carlson hanging up on the wall of his open fronted garage which had severe weather damage down one side, this was around 1971 as I used to be friends with his sons. However the SECV town of Yallourn was demolished for the brown coal under it to supply the Yallourn Power Stations and all the residents had to move out. I tracked down Arthur’s youngest son and asked him about the radio, he did not remember it but said his father moved to Bendigo and would most likely still have it. I contacted Arthur and he agreed to sell me the Stromberg Carlson for $75 and even delivered it as he was coming down my way in the near future. I don’t know how I knew or remembered from 20 years earlier that Arthurs Stromberg Carlson was the same model as my grandfathers but it was… maybe the dial, tuning indicator and knob layout was the clue burnt into my brain.

    I then had a friend who was handy with timber refurbish the cabinet, most of the veneer was missing on the weathered side plus other damage and it was missing one leg. Then when my parents went on their annual Queensland holiday I secretly removed our original Stromberg Carlson chassis from their garden shed. I replaced the necessary caps and the detector/1st audio valve (75) as it was missing its top cap and then fitted our original chassis to its new cabinet.

    Then on my father’s 65th birthday I presented it to him gift wrapped which was quite a surprise and it now resides in his study and the chassis from Arthur's set is safely stored in a cupboard in my shed.

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    Yallourn team First Aid winners - again

    Left to Right

    Mr A. Young, Mr W. Cook and Mrs D. Norden

    08/01/2018 - 12:43
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    Top Row: ? , Inge Lerche, Sandra Lee, Margaret Kelly, ? , Tove Lerche (guide leader)
    2nd Top Row: Joan Ashmead, ? , ? , ? , Mrs Scholes (Brownie leader), Susanne Berg
    2nd Row: Anne McLennan, Bernadette McLaughlin, Jane Reader, Michelle Peters or Meryn Lofts, Rosemary Connors
    Front Row: Julie Francis, Connie Berg, ? , Dianne Watkinson, Rosalind Miller?

    07/01/2018 - 20:28
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    MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. THANK YOU for your contribution and support of the Virtual Yallourn website during 2017.

    21/12/2017 - 15:56
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    85 YEARS AGO:

    The following newspaper extract will give readers some idea of what transpired in Yallourn during the Christmas period of 1932. The article was unearthed in the ‘Morwell Advertiser’; and primarily deals with the operating hours of the store during the Christmas weekend of that year. Furthermore, it is an interesting article as brief mention is made of the local church services, the Yallourn Band, CEMS (Church Of England Men’s Society), Yallourn Fire Brigade and a group of local anglers known as the ‘Waybacks.’

    The importance of the Yallourn General Store, in the lives of the people of the town, is shown in the extract. In the early years of Yallourn, the General Store, which was established by the SECV, could be best described as a ‘company store’: “A company store- is a retail store selling a limited range of food, clothing and daily necessities to employees of a company.”

    According to Meredith Fletcher in her book entitled: ‘Digging People Up for Coal’ (page: 75), the prices and range of available goods at the store caused a degree of disquiet among the residents.

    Please feel welcome to forward any stories or photographs about Christmas in Yallourn to Julie George for posting on the website. Thank you.
    The footnotes endeavour to give some background to the groups mentioned in the article; and it is hoped that readers may able to provide further information to that below.


    News and Notes

    As mentioned in last issue the General Store will be closed in most departments on Monday and Tuesday. Refreshments, etc. departments will be open every day except Christmas Day, so will the Newspaper dept: from 10 to 1 o'clock on the Monday and Tuesday.

    There will not be any delivery of the late Saturday Herald on Sunday morning. The smallgoods will open on Tuesday morning. Orders for meat given in on Saturday can be collected on the Tuesday morning before 10 o'clock.

    The Band notifies that as many of its members will be away for the holidays there will not be any performances in the Rotunda on Sunday, Xmas Day or Sunday, New Year's Day. The next Sunday Recital will be on 8th January. If possible the band will play as usual at the Store on each of the Friday evenings.

    The Waybacks fishing party from the Seldom Seen has returned. We understand the member with the longest arms tells the best story of the trip of the whoppers that were lost.

    The first festive announcement for 1933 is that the C.E.M.S is having a Whist Drive and Dance in St. John's Hall on the 2nd January.

    The Presbyterian and Methodist Churches have joined forces for next Sunday's (Xmas Day) Services, a happy idea. The Rev. F. I. Jenkin will take the service at the Presbyterian Church in the morning and the Rev. J. Smith the service at the Methodist Church in the evening. The choirs in each instance being massed.

    Matters are getting in trim for the great Fire Brigades Demonstrations here in January. About £60 worth of prizes have been allotted, apart from the Cups, and two members of the Brigade and General Store went to the city Monday and made selections from various ware houses.

    It is pleasing to note that the Brigade and some other public bodies have given the Store preference for purchase in bulk. The Store can always do this class of business if given the opportunity.

    1. Page: 10 of the above newspaper was solely devoted to news items about Yallourn. Other items on that page, in that edition, included information regarding: the Yallourn Branch of the RSL, Santa Claus’ visit to Yallourn State School, the Bowling Club, the Yallourn Rifle Club, latest information about the Scouts and Guides and several advertisements related to local businesses.

    2. Younger readers may not appreciate that the above news, about the town, is set amid the worsening economic conditions caused by Great Depression. In 1932, some 30% of the Australian population was out of work. The 1933 Census indicated that many unemployed men were without work for two years or more. The full impact of the economic downturn created widespread poverty, homelessness and misery on a scale never seen before in Australia.

    3. Like all country towns, Yallourn felt the consequences of the Great Depression; and one of the devastating effects of the national economic calamity, on the ‘Yallourn Project’, was that the construction of new homes in Yallourn was seriously curtailed. According to Prue McGoldrick’s research…
    “Only 28 houses were built in the town in 1930, one in 1931-32 and none in 1932-33” ‘ Yallourn Was” Page: 119

    4. Those people who had work at Yallourn were ‘better off’ than most. However, the fear of unemployment, as the crisis deepened, was never far from the minds of all. Life for most Yallourn families during the Great Depression was austere and challenging.

    5. The General Store was established sometime in 1924. It provided a limited range of goods such as: clothing, footwear, stationery, newspapers, foodstuffs etc; and concerns were often expressed about the price of basic items.

    6. It is recorded that Yallourn residents often found it difficult to purchase certain provisions at the store and, as a consequence, would travel to Moe (eg Purvis stores) or Morwell (Sharpes’).

    7. A well-known Yallourn identity, Mr JP Campbell, was said to have been the first manager of the General Store; and, when he stepped down in 1934, Mr Curl assumed the role. Mr Campbell was an intriguing character and his contribution to the town of Yallourn was far-reaching.

    8. Mr C. H. Curl, who was appointed to the position of Trading Manager of the Store in December 1934, was mentioned in numerous newspaper extracts of that era; and it appears that he entered into community activities with considerable spirit and zeal.

    9. The Yallourn General Store traded under the auspices of the SECV and it operated in that manner until 1953. ‘The Age’ newspaper reported, in 1953, that the SECV had sold the store to Rockman’s for £60,000 (pounds). With the sale of the General Store on July 1st 1953, the SEC had no further trading/commercial interests within the town (i.e. all businesses were privately owned).

    10. The Yallourn Band, was formed sometime in 1922 under the auspices of the SECV. Sir John Monash’s strong influence in establishing the band is apparent as he was one of the Inaugural Patrons…
    “ SEC records show that it ( the band) first earned money on 5th May 1922…..The commission helped with a grant of £100 for instruments in 1922-23. ‘Yallourn Was’ Page: 81

    11. The first Yallourn Bandmaster was Peter Cameron. At the time of the above newspaper extract, Mr Charles Turner occupied the prestigious position. Mr Turner’s enthusiasm and love of music provided great impetus to the band. There are numerous stories about the people and achievements of the Yallourn Band. Earlier this year, a comprehensive story about Bill Fleming, one of the long-serving members of the band, was posted on this website.

    12. CEMS was the acronym for the Church of England Mens’ Society. It is recorded that the Vicar of St John’s in 1932 was Reverend Bennett. It seems that CEMS was an organization basically concerned with the welfare, fellowship and education of the many men who lived in the camps and the township.

    13. Rev. Bennett appears to have been a clergyman of considerable drive and influence as it was reported that, in 1930, he was one of the keynote speakers at the Anglican Men’s Rally at the Cathedral Building in Swanston Street, Melbourne.

    14. Rev. Bennett is also mentioned in the history of Yallourn in relation to scouts, the swimming club, the ‘No Licence’ campaign (i.e. no outlets for the sale of alcoholic beverages in Yallourn).

    15. In November 1933, Rev. Bennett was appointed to the position of Rector of St George’s Parish at Battery Point, Hobart; and more than 150 people gathered in the St John’s Hall to say farewell. With Rev. Bennett’s departure, Rev. Franklin Cooper (formerly of Wonthaggi) was inducted into the Parish of St John’s on February 1st 1934 by the Bishop of Gippsland.

    16. Some of the recorded activities of the Yallourn CEMS included: social-supper evenings, public lectures, whist drives, dances, charity nights (to aid local children) and church services at St John's.

    17. In May 1934, more than 300 men attended a religious gathering at Yallourn which was organized by the local CEMS. The highly successful assembly, which included a speech by Bishop Taylor Smith, received a comprehensive coverage in the ‘Morwell Advertiser’…
    “This is by far the most successful men's effort ever staged at Yallourn, men having come from as far as Rosedale, Maffra, Sale, Mirboo North, Warragul and Drouin, and proves that the Church is not behind other activities in showing that Yallourn can do things.” May 17th 1934 Page: 3.

    18. The paragraph in the above newspaper extract, which refers to the ‘Wayback fishing party from Seldom Seen’ may be little cryptic for younger readers.

    19. The passage seems to infer that the anglers, from Yallourn, likened themselves to the Wayback family (as was mentioned in the stories of Steel Rudd). Steel Rudd (Arthur Hoey Davis) won fame for his collection entitled: ‘On Our Selection’ which included amusing yarns about such rustic characters as Dad and Dave.

    20. A silent film entitled ‘The Waybacks’ was produced in 1918 by ‘Koala Films’ and later re-released in 1925. The film is said to have been based on play by Phillip Lytton; and perhaps the Yallourn anglers, in adopting the nickname of the ‘Waybacks’ had been influenced by the movie or the live theatre production of the same name.

    21. Mt. Seldom Seen is to be found in the Alpine National Park in Eastern Victoria (near the town of Gelantipy). Mt. Seldom Seen is some 1,330 metres above sea level. The major tributaries in that area are the Buchan and Snowy Rivers; and it is said that there are sites along the Snowy River that offer anglers a good chance to hook brown or rainbow trout. No doubt, the intrepid fishermen from Yallourn, knew the best spots along the river to ‘drop a line.’

    22. With an open cut mine and the dense forest/vegetation surrounding Yallourn, the fire brigade was an essential service. In the early 1930’s the township of Brown Coal Mine was imperilled by fire; and as stated in Prue McGoldrick’s book…
    “The worst fires in the cut were caused by bushfires …which really tested the bravery, loyalty and skill of all concerned in subduing them.” Page: 120

    23. The Yallourn Fire Brigade is a saga within itself. Formed by volunteers 1924 and, in time, established itself as one of the best equipped, most organized and efficient brigades in Victoria.

    24. The first ever captain of the Yallourn Brigade was Mr Fenner and later captains included: Ron Wiggins, Harry Tait, Tom White and Joe Smith. It is recorded that in the early days of the YFB, the station was located in a building often known as Centre Hall.

    25. In the formative years, the Brigade was affiliated with the Country Brigades Board; and won admiration from onlookers when competing in the Annual State-wide Championships. YFB won the competition in 1933 and again 1936.

    26. There are numerous articles and photographs related to the history of the Yallourn Fire Brigade. To read more: Type in ‘Fire’ in the search field ( top right hand corner of your computer screen) ) and press ‘Enter. ‘

    27. Despite the ‘Crash on Wall Street’ and the worsening worldwide monetary crisis, it appears as though 1932 was a ‘busy year’ in the town of Yallourn as the following events occurred …
    • The first house fire in town was reported on January 16th.
    • A meeting was held to form a croquet club in the town.
    • Yallourn Football Club won the Gippsland FL premiership.
    • There was a serious outbreak of diphtheria at the Brown Coal Mine (i.e. Yallourn North) settlement.
    • The Yallourn Auxiliary of the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind was formed in August 1932.
    • In November that year, the Memorial Monument to Sir John Monash was unveiled in the Town Square. (Sir John died in October 1931).
    • On the 17th December 1932 , the new Girl Guide Hut was officially opened.
    • A new club house for the Yallourn Swimming Club was opened on December 24th.

    28. Finally, although the economic depression brought great hardship to all workers across the nation, the residents of the Yallourn township and the hundreds of men in the SECV Camps at Yallourn did their very best to make the yuletide season a merry and festive occasion.


    The above story is part of an on-going project regarding the history of Yallourn. The story was researched and written by Roger Spaull and presented and posted by Julie George for the Virtual Yallourn website in December 2017.

    The above article from the ‘Morwell Advertiser’ newspaper has been faithfully reproduced. The only amendments to the original copy are the font style, font size and spacing, so as to enhance the article for purposes of posting on the Virtual Yallourn website.

    13/12/2017 - 11:54