If you would like to read more about this clever idea go to: The April edition of the 1969 ‘Contact’ magazine. This can be found on this website by simply clicking on the tab above "Magazines" and scrolling to the April 1969 copy or by typing the word ‘Contact’ in the Search field (above) and then scrolling down through the various editions of the magazine.
THIS PHOTOGRAPH WAS TAKEN 50 YEARS AGO… CAN YOU HELP?
This photo was taken in Yallourn about half a century ago. It is an enlightening piece of local history for the Virtual Yallourn files and it would be nice to put names to the above faces.
It is known that Mr Roy Norden is in the centre of the photograph; and it is thought, but not definite, that Mr Cleverly, Mr Hyde and Geoff Unwin are in the background. If any readers can help in recognising the other men, shown in photograph, please contact Julie. Thank you.

1969
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This photograph was taken by well-known Yallourn identity Mr Cliff Cleverly at the first game of night football played at the Yallourn Oval on Wednesday, July 21st 1971.

Source: ‘SEC Contact Magazine’ August 8th 1971 Page: 16.

1971
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Stanger
Stanger

Lauris Irene Stanger married Ivan Sidney William Brill 10 July 1954 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Yallourn.
Lauris and father Thomas Stanger arriving at the Church
Bridal party includes bridesmaid Betty Mitchell, daughter of Keith and Laura Mitchell, Yallourn.

1954
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1978 - THE THIRD YOGA REUNION

This photograph was taken at the third gathering of the Yallourn High School ‘Old Girls’ (as it was then known) which was held on March 4th 1978. It was published in the ‘Contact’ Magazine (March edition-1978). On that occasion, the reunion was held at the Latrobe Valley Visitors’ Centre in Morwell.

Those pictured above are:
Back Row: Winnie Watkinson, Nita Spittall, Joan Harris, George Bates, Val Kerr, Tess Whitehead, Nell Hewitt, Maidi Smith
Front Row: Sonja Bates, Nola Trethowan, Charles Trethowan, Lucy Crowe

The full story of the 1978 Reunion can be found by:
1. Typing the word ‘Contact’ into the Search box at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
2. Hit ‘Apply.’
3. Scroll down to the March edition of 1978 ‘Contact’ (page: 3)
Note: This website has an extensive selection of photos of Yallourn Reunions from 1978 -2019.

The name of the ‘Yallourn Old Girls’ Association (aka YOGA) has ‘morphed’ but the aim of bringing friends together has remained central to the organization and an important event on the calendar.

Despite the ‘march of time’ and the changes in the association, the love for the town of Yallourn has been ‘a constant’ and the reunions are eagerly awaited and always well supported.

The thousands of photographs, mementos, articles and comments posted on the Virtual Yallourn website and the Yallourn Association Facebook page reflect the sense of community and fellowship of Yallourn’s former families, residents and friends.

Arguably, there are very few towns (if any) in Australia that have garnered so much positive comment and veneration; and the fact that the town no longer physically exists speaks volumes about what a remarkable community it was in the lives of so many people. Somehow, the township has endured in the hearts and the memories of its residents.

The next reunion will be held on Saturday, 29 February 2020 – Woorabinda School Camp.

For further information about the Yallourn Association, membership, reunions and ‘staying in touch’ with friends from Yallourn, contact Julie.

1978
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Save Yallourn

The final Save Yallourn Committee was the President, Joe Dell, Treasury, Honor Crane, and Secretary, Ted Hopkins. The two boxes of the entire information of Save Yallourn Committee was provided to me. As such, the boxes were placed in a shed of Greville Street 48-54 accommodation and offset printing places. A terrible problem occurred when the shed and boxes were fire burned (1979?). Just a selection of items were still available for the SLV and my residence.
....Ted Hopkins 2019

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The final Save Yallourn Committee was the President, Joe Dell, Treasury, Honor Crane, and Secretary, Ted Hopkins. The two boxes of the entire information of Save The Committee was provided to me. As such, the boxes were placed in a shed of Greville Street 48-54 accommodation and offset printing places. Of terrible problem the shed and boxes were fire burned (1979?). Just a selection of items were still available for the SLV and my 2 residence.
...Ted Hopkins 2019

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Caption: ‘As the officer escort for Japanese military and naval commanders at the official surrender ceremony at Torokina, New Guinea on September 8th 1945.’

This rarely seen photograph is part of an article in a ‘Contact’ magazine related to the life of Brigadier John Field. Brigadier Field was the General Superintendent of the Latrobe Valley Region of the SECV from 1951-1964 and a resident of Yallourn (at 23 Reservoir Road) for many years.

To read more about Brigadier John Field and the ‘Yallourn connection’:
1. Type the word ‘Contact’ in to the Search box above (right hand side of the screen).
2. Hit ‘Apply’
3. Scroll down until you find the 1974 June edition of ‘Contact’ (page: 3).

The Field family played an active part in the life of the township. A comprehensive newspaper article about the ‘Fields of Yallourn’ and other photographs of the family can be found on this website.

Note: For readers wishing to know more about John Field’s life, the on-line ‘Australian Dictionary of Biography’ carries an outstanding summary of Brigadier Field’s achievements.

1945
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STAN & DOUG BROWN

The first photograph (taken in 1969) shows a former popular sporting identity of Yallourn, Stan Brown with his son, Doug. Stan Brown was a star for Yallourn Football Club and played in the club’s last premiership in 1948. That season, Stan won the Kevin Comber award for the Most Improved Player.

Stan won a string of awards at YFC including the Most Consistent Player trophy in 1954 which was the inaugural (and momentous) season of the Latrobe Valley Football League.

The group photo, which accompanies this article, shows Stan in the 1955 Grand Final team (next to the then coach of Yallourn, Gerald Marchesi). Although Carlton FC took an interest in recruiting Stan to play VFL, he ‘stayed and played on’ with Yallourn FC and amassed a total of 167 senior games with the Blues.

Stan also gained a handsome reputation as a tennis player and represented Yallourn at the Country Week Championships on more than twenty occasions.
The full story of Stan Brown can be found by:
1. Typing the word ‘Contact’ into the Search box at the top right hand corner of the screen.
2. Hit ‘Apply.’
3. Scroll down until you find the April 1969 edition of the ‘Contact’ magazine.
4. Scroll to page: 14.

Another article about Stan Brown can be found on this website by simply typing the word ‘Brown’ into the Search box above.

A series of stories about the Yallourn Football Club, Yallourn Tennis Club and other former sporting stars of the town can also be found on this website. Simply type in the word ‘Football’ (or ‘Tennis’) into the Search box above.

Stan Brown can be seen in the group photograph in the second row, second from the right (next to Yallourn’s coach that season and former North Melbourne FC star Gerald Marchesi).

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YFC Grand Final Team vs Sale at Morwell in 1955

Back Row: K Fanning, P Cook, B Knight, K Gibson, L Shipp, P Watkinson, K McColl, J Watt
Middle Row: M Williams, J Brown, R Cullinan, G Marchesi, S Brown, J Vinall
Front Row: D Madden, R Kitney, C Whitbourne, J Shaw, B Coad, M Crane

1955
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