The Fewster family moved to Yallourn in the early 1920's. Arthur William Edson Fewster and his wife Hilda Isabell Fewster, along with their six children, the youngest being Alfred Lewis (my father). AWE had served in WW1 as a lieutenant in the Australian Army and then settled in Warragul before moving on to Yallourn as an Engineer. When AWE and hilda arrived they were moved into 8 Northway. AWE was very involved with the progress of the town and a great orchid grower having a large hot house and glass house on the property. Five of the six children slowly moved on to other ventures away from Yallourn. Alf stayed on as a fitter and turner at the briquette factory, played local tennis and other sports. He married Joyce Mitchell who was a "local" from Morwell Bridge and The Brown Coal Mine (Yallourn North). They lived initially at 47 Narracan Ave and then moved to 6 Southway with their 2 children Suzanne (1945) and Lindsay (1947). Suzanne was hit with polio at the age of 7 in 1952. Alf and Joyce were very involved with the Methodist church, as well as Alf's involvement with the Technical School, junior chamber international. After many years at the briquette factory Alf took on the job as a personal officer for apprentices, he remained in this position until our departure form Yallourn, when he took a position in Millicent South Australia around 1964. Alf passed away in 2001 and Joyce 2003. Both were aged 78 and living in Kyneton at the time of death.
To come, the story of a boy who left Yallourn at 17.
still to come, the story of a boy that left the town at 17
Look forward to the next story Lindsay...do you have any photos to add of the Fewster family? Julie