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Yallourn Swimming Club by Arthur Brogan (circa 1991) and footnote by Kevin Brogan (2015)

The Club was established down on the Latrobe River in 1930. It was located on the road to the Town Water Supply Pump House. The site is still accessible today from the same road which starts opposite Yallourn W Power Station, however it has changed a lot since the early swimming days.
In the early days swimmers had to walk or ride bikes from the town down an old bike track towards the Power Station, turn off before reaching the West Camp and then on past Horrie Devine’s House/ Carrier Business and down the Pump House road. The river was much wider then and the pool area was fenced… more

Stories from YOGA Newsletters: Marjorie Dickson (Ebsworth) Jan 2002 - Yallourn Buses

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Sir John Monash statue

Where did Sir John Monash statue go after Yallourn?

The Town That Isn't There by Charmaine Housden

The Town That Isn’t There

I grew up in an industrial company-town in Victoria, from the time I was nine until I left school at sixteen.

My father emigrated from Wales after World War II to find work in Australia as a Blacksmith. He wasn’t shoeing horses as may be imagined, but had experience in heavy engineering in the ship-building industry in our home town. That expertise took him into the manufacture and maintenance of heavy machinery at the Power Station in Gippsland where he found work.

My mother, sister and I followed him to Australia a year later when a new… more

FROM THE NEWSPAPERS - 1934 - Christmas at Yallourn State School 4085 (Yallourn Primary School YPS)

This extract from the ‘Morwell Advertiser’ reported on a visit to the Yallourn State School by Father Christmas in 1934. The brief article was published in the newspaper on the 10th January 1935 (Page: 9)…
10th January 1935 Morwell Advertiser Page 9
Yallourn State School
A happy afternoon was spent at the Infant School on Tuesday, the 19th December, when Father Christmas again visited the… more

Doug Williams Yallourn Football Club YFC Past Player

Some sad news for people of Yallourn…..Doug Williams passed away on Monday, 18 August 2014 at the age of 93.
Doug played with Yallourn FC…then Carlton and…. then coached in Tasmania and then played with Morwell FC before retiring from football.
Carlton FC have a tribute planned and will be wearing black arm bands against Port Adelaide in memory/honour of Doug.
Doug’s story is on our Virtual Yallourn website - - or search "football".

Richard & Zofia Kurek

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Richard Kurek or his sister, Zofia? They arrived in Yallourn from Europe post war and both attended Yallourn High School - commencing around 1958.

Briquette Factory Explosion 1953 by Kevin Brogan

Briquette Factory Explosion

1953 was my first year at School. The most vivid memory I of have of that year (apart from the vague recollections of my first year at St Therese’s) was the walk home from school on Friday 27th of March 1953 (I needed the help of the Internet to find the date – ironic as in 1953 I was using a slate and slate pencil for school work).

I was trudging along my usual route home from school (we lived in Boola Crescent, so my standard route home was along Office Place, across the Picture Theatre concourse, over past the Presbyterian Church Tennis Courts,… more

YALLOURN REUNION - 1st MARCH 2014 - Woorabinda School Camp from 11am

Entry pre-paid ($10.00 includes entry and tea/coffee - day and/or evening)
11.00am Arrive
12.00-2.00pm Lunch (Dining Room) pre-ordered.
($10.00 per head - includes 1 1/2 rounds (6 points) mixed sandwiches, cake and tea/coffee or BYO lunch
3.00pm Group photos for each era - please bring your own camera
5.30-8.00pm BBQ Dinner - under cover ($2.00 per sausage, bread, onion & sauce) or BYO and cook your own on the BBQ… more

Yallourn Football Club YFC 1945-65 - The 1955 Grand Final - Yallourn vs Sale - Peter Cook and Jim Roger Spaull

The LVFL final four in 1955 comprised Moe, Warragul, Sale and Yallourn. The Blues had taken ‘all before them ’ in the dash to the finals and while surprising the pundits, Yallourn was the ‘wild card in the pack.’ A dazzling victory over the highly fancied Warragul team in the Preliminary Final entitled the Blues to meet Sale in the LVFL Grand Final. The Grand Final was played at Morwell on Saturday, 10 September.

‘The Argus’ headline on the eve of the game read….
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