Dedication service 23rd April 1995
In 2015, on the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing where we forged our bond with our New Zealand counterparts, Yallourn North celebrated 20 years of our town memorial. This was with thanks to the efforts of Norman Casey, Ray Houghton, Gordon Cook, and Jack Gardner who made it possible.
After many varying suggestions of memorial, the rock we have here now was chosen. The rationale being that rock is eternal and everlasting. This one was obtained from the local Quarry.
When researching a plaque it was decided that to ensure that no local names were missed, there would be no individual names listed on it. The plaque was donated by the late John Leckey and he arranged for a stonemason from South Gippsland to attach the plaque.
A length of GI Pipe was donated by Gordon Cook and erected behind the stone as a makeshift flagpole. This was all done without any financial support from the community.
Our memorial at dawn
A special dedication for the memorial was organised by Ruth Hibbert, Ann Lovison, and Shelah Houghton that was to be held on 23rd April 1995.
The memorial stone was dedicated to the memory of all the citizens of the Brown Coal Mine – Yallourn North who served in wars for Australia, as well as all those who supported them.
The officials present were John Mitchell (CEO Latrobe Shire Council), Deborah Scott Council Commissioner (Latrobe Shire Council), Mal Bugg (RSL), Tom Wallace Commissioner (Baw Baw Shire), Rev Bruce Charles (C of E), Father Les Lisik (R/C), Rev Brian Niblock (U/C), Mr Eric Kennedy VC, organist Glynis Schulz, and Bugler Brian Pollard from Traralgon City Band.
After the service John Mitchell from the Latrobe City Council, spoke to Ray Houghton and suggested that we should write to the Council and request that they provide a proper flag pole, as well as lighting. This was done and the lighting and concreting was installed. Council then arranged for the tress and the lavenders to be planted and be maintained.
Over the years we have had many people organise, conduct, speak and help out at our Anzac Day Services, and we would like to thank them for keeping our town tradition going. We entrust this to the younger generations who will carry the baton as the years pass.
Each year we are getting a bigger gathering and offering a better service, which shows how proud we are, and what a great community we have.
Our memorial today
For more detail on local history contact The Old Brown Coal Mine Museum