Welcome to Yallourn Association - founded in 1976
Yallourn Association aims to record the history of Yallourn for all to share. This beautiful town was shut down in 1977 and dug up for the coal beneath and so no longer exists. This history, including house plans, photos, live footage, memories, stories and much more can be seen right now on our archival website www.virtualyallourn.com
. Visit Virtual Yallourn website by clicking here.
Yallourn Association holds a reunion each year (alternating between a dinner usually in the Morwell/Moe area; and a much bigger Yallourn reunion at Woorabinda School Camp near Moe where we usually attract 350-400 people) and we welcome anyone with a connection to Yallourn to attend.
We also send out two newsletters per year (for a sample, please click on our "Newsletters & What Happened to?" section and follow the links. These newsletters are usually 14 pages long and full of people's stories, memories etc of Yallourn, photos and details on future reunions.
If you are interested in receiving a copy of our newsletter and would like to join our Association, complete the following form and return to me.
Click [ here] to download the joining form.
Did you live in Yallourn? Participate in our SURVEY on our "Yallourn History" section - just download the form and return to Julie, or email the same detail if you have no scanner. Thanks.
Julie George (Francis) YHS 1966
HISTORIC PRINTS AVAILABLE: prints from the original pen drawings of 12 Yallourn buildings made on site in 1980 by Yallourn resident Graham Longmore.
The prints are available in two sets of six at $80 per set plus P&P if applicable.
Set One : Post Office, Shopping Centre, High School, Presbyterian Church, Methodist Hall, 5 Maiden St
Set Two : Picture Theatre, National Bank, Health Centre, Catholic Church, Church of England, 58 Narracan Ave
Paper size is 58 x 41 cm and the image size is up to 42 x 28 cm. The ink used is sepia and the paper is a pale buff colour. A proportion of funds from sales are being donated to Yallourn Association.
Contact Marg & Graham Longmore on 03 5191 8301 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and a friendly chat.
Next Yallourn Reunion – 5 March 2016
Our next reunion will be held on Saturday, 5 March 2016 from 11.00am at Woorabinda School Camp (between Moe and Yallourn Nth). Stay overnight in the two dorms that were once the Yallourn Hospital Nursing quarters (and if you can believe it, our ex-nurses say the floorboards squeak in exactly the same place as they did back then!!). The surrounds at Woorabinda are just beautiful and you can check this out for yourself by following this link: Woorabinda Camp
BYO food and drinks, or pre-purchase sandwiches and cake for lunch and sausages from the BBQ at night. Also BYO camera.
Tickets must be pre-purchased for entry, lunch and accommodation. For more details and pre-payment, return the Return Entry Form from the Yallourn Association Newsletter to Julie before 19 February 2016.
Go to our Virtual Yallourn website after the reunion for photos and attendance list - Virtual Yallourn. Click on 'Reunions' at top tab and choose the year.
To help you remember old classmates, click here for a list of YHS Girls, sorted by first year at YHS; or here for a list of YHS Boys and YTS Boys, also sorted by first year at YHS/YTS.
YALLOURN .YALLOURN .YALLOURN
Are your eyes drawn immediately to any notice of Yallourn?
What is it about Yallourn that draws ex-residents, students and workers to return up to 30, 40, 50 and even 60 years after being there? We need more people to join our Association to help keep the history alive as this is not a renewable resource - once it's gone, it's gone forever.
Where are all the Marching Girls, Cubs, Scouts, Rangers, Sea Cadets, Guides and Brownies .the Youth Club members, Basketballers, Netballers, Cricketers, Footballers, Hockey players, Croquet players, Bowlers, Badminton players, Tennis players, Junior Firemen or representational teams or groups for the town of Yallourn as in the Town Band or the Athletes?
Where are your anecdotal stories, where was your favourite taddy pond? Where was your paper round, where did you wag school (they can't hurt you now), where did you hang out after school, either organised or otherwise? Don't be afraid of the concept of School Reunions as such, because the gathering that we have ends up being totally unlike the way reunions are perceived on media presentations, just a bunch of friends and acquaintances getting together for a chat and a drink and a meal, all too soon it finishes for another year, mostly with the best feelings.
Your memories, even the smallest recollections, are of interest to others so write them down or tape or email them to Yallourn Old Girls' Association (YOGA). Better still, join YOGA and catch up with old friends and neighbours. Why not join your friends and siblings up as a gift with one of our Certificates. The Association is open to all who lived, worked or were educated at Yallourn and Districts, as in Hernes Oak and Yallourn North.
Yallourn Association's History
Back in 1976, little did June Jardine (Blenkiron) and Lucy Bathurst (Crowe) know that the dinner they had planned for six to eight classmates would become 126 girls from the 1920s, 30s and 40s; and that they would continue to meet each year for the next 30+ years - hence the beginning of Yallourn Old Girls' Association - and more affectionately referred to as YOGA.
This may have been a once only event, as very few married names or addresses of the 'girls' were known, and as many had moved away from Yallourn when they married. Fortunately, June collected, in a school exercise book, all the names, addresses and telephone numbers of those who attended the dinner. Following many requests for a copy of the list, Nancy Smith collected money for its copying and postage. Later, Val Kerr had the list typed.
Many of the girls also expressed their desire to view the photographs that John Jardine had taken of all present. The 8th of May 1976, at the Northern Reserve Hall, Holmes Road, Morwell was the date and venue chosen to meet and view the photographs. The list was sent out to all the 'girls' advising them of the meeting, and asking everyone to bring a plate.
At this meeting, it was decided to meet again for dinner in 1977. On the night, June went to Sonja Bates' (Ostlund) home in Holmes Road, Morwell to telephone the Yallourn Hotel to make a booking, but with no success. George, Sonja's husband, said: "Don't worry June, you can have the dinner at the SEC Visitors Centre, Morwell and we will pay for the dinner,? which they did. Thanks George.
An election was held and a committee was formed. The members of that very first committee for the Yallourn Old Girls Association (YOGA) were:
- Tess Gray (Whitehouse) [Treasurer], Gloria Stewart (Thorpe),
- Neta Billingsley (Spittal), Val Embry (Kerr) [Secretary],
- Lucy Bathurst (Crowe) [President] and June Jardine (Blenkiron).
Tess Gray suggested the name Yallourn Old Girls' Association, which has the acronym YOGA. The Association later became incorporated in 2005.
The first official dinner was held at the SEC Visitors Centre, Morwell on the 5th of March 1977, and so YOGA was born!
In July 2015, YOGA officially changed its name to YALLOURN ASSOCIATION. Over the years since 1976, the Association has spread its wings and from a Yallourn High School girls' only reunion, it encouraged the 'old boys' to join in, then the husbands of the 'old girls'; then ex-residents from the town and finally welcomed anyone with a connection to Yallourn, as many used to come to our fine town to the picture theatre or Kernot Hall, to the many sporting fields and clubs to play hockey, cricket, footy, soccer, vigaro, badminton etc, participate in one of the many groups (scouts, guides, theatrical etc) or just to swim in or laze by our olympic-size swimming pool. We welcome you all!