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.

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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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24/06/2019 - 10:33

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

21/06/2019 - 15:19

Yallourn Hockey Club Premiers - 1957 - first team to win the Shield

Back Row: Marie Williamson, Lesley Smith?, Jan McHenry, Marg McInnes, Lesley Sewell, Jill Carlisle
Front Row: Judy Wallace, Lois Gust, Gloria Julin?, ? , Elizabeth McConnell or Margot McLaren

31/05/2019 - 15:22

Yallourn Hockey Team at Country Week, Royal Park, Melbourne 1964 (including 2 Moe players):
Back Row: Ruth Powell (Moe), Jeanette Foggo, Linda Oke (Moe), Marie Larkin, Jan McHenry, Veronica Lacey, Jill Dolphin, Eireen McInnes
Front Row: Sherri McKean, Bev Walton, Win Lacey, Pam Houston, Deanna Pinal
(Not in photo - Coach: Ted Polkinghorne)

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Back Row: ? , Joe Agius, ? , ? , ? , ?, ?
Front Row: Ray Stewart, K. Johnson?, Ted Polkinghorne, ? , ?

The following names as per newspaper articles could be in photo: Peter Griffiths, Rod Catchpole, J.McArthur, J.Lewis, R.Stewart, H.Steinkemp, R.King

An Under 16 team also played – Two members of that team were J.Kennedy and J. Lewis
Two umpires named for one match during the year were Mrs. L.Robertson (YHS teacher) and D.Raggatt

31/05/2019 - 15:20

This rare photograph was unearthed in the ‘Weekly Times’ under the heading of ‘Yallourn War Workers.’
Caption: ‘ Committee of Yallourn Women's National Emergency Fund, which has sent 1380 parcels to local servicemen and women, and 2600 knitted garments for the Red Cross and A.C.F. : Mesdames B.T. Drummond (Sec.), W.G. Monteith, R. A Hunt (President), H.W. Lynch, R. McGowan (Treasurer), C. Tinker, C.M. Smith, C.T. Habich, E. Madden, W. Kerr, C.F. Jolliffe, L. Dann.”
Some of the names listed below the photograph were difficult to decipher and apologies for any errors made in transcription of family names. (Roger).
Source: ‘The Weekly Times’ August 11th 1943. Page: 11

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29/05/2019 - 11:59

Circa 1936 - Joyce, Ena & Verna Withers

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