Readers of this website and former residents of Yallourn will be saddened to hear of the recent passing of well-known Yallourn and Morwell identity Alan Ripper.

Alan passed away at his home at Lake Cathie (near Port Macquarie) on Wednesday, 14th October. He was 81 years of age.

Alan, the only child of Vernon and Alma Ripper, was born in Melbourne in 1939.  In his early years, he lived in Lygon Street, Carlton, just a ‘drop kick’ from Princes Park Oval; and hence his life-long support of the Carlton Football Club.

Vern’s experiences in the RAN during the World War: II make for absorbing reading; and, on his return home from active duty in 1946, he accepted a position as the Boiler House Engineer at the Yallourn Power Station.   Consequently, the Ripper family moved to Yallourn…

“We stayed in Mr and Mrs Wal Lacey’s house initially until a house was made available to us at 13 The Angles…I started school in Year 3 with Miss Williams as my teacher. The Year 4 classes, the following year, were held in the Guide Hut down near the swimming pool. Our teacher was Ms Kiely …Years 5 and 6 were back at the main school (4085)…”  

Like so many children of the Yallourn township, Alan had a happy and fun-filled life which included spirited adventures with his friends, bike riding and picnics along the Narracan River.

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