Yallourn North, Victoria

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Yallourn North
Yallourn North is located in City of Latrobe
Yallourn North
Yallourn North
Coordinates 38°10′S 146°22′E / 38.167°S 146.367°E / -38.167; 146.367Coordinates: 38°10′S 146°22′E / 38.167°S 146.367°E / -38.167; 146.367
Population 1,448 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 3825
LGA(s) City of Latrobe
State electorate(s) Morwell
Federal Division(s) McMillan
Localities around Yallourn North:
Tanjil South Moondarra Tyers
Tanjil South Yallourn North Traralgon
Hernes Oak Morwell Morwell

Yallourn North is a small country town in the City of Latrobe, Victoria, Australia. It is approximately 8 kilometres north-east of Moe. The town contains many churches, including the only Serbian Orthodox Church and Mosque in the region. At the 2006 census, Yallourn North had a population of 1448.

The Post Office opened on 3 September 1917 as Brown Coal Mine and was renamed Yallourn North in 1947.[2]

Sports available within this tiny hilltop town are, Australian rules football, Cricket, Bowls, Netball, Angling, Carpet Bowls, Social Golf Club. The town has an Australian Rules football team Yallourn-Yallourn North competing in the Mid Gippsland Football League.


St.Brigid's Catholic Church In 1933 work on building St.Brigid's commenced on land donated by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (S.E.C.) on the corner of North Road and Reserve Street. It was officially opened and blessed on 1 March 1936 by Bishop Ryan assisted by Father Nolan and the first mass was celebrated that same day. In 1950 the church was enlarged by the addition of the "T" shaped part at the rear. In December 1979 the house next door became the official Presbytery and was blessed in a ceremony conducted by Bishop Fox. No longer used as a Presbytery, this house is once more a private home.

The Church of England St.James's was built on "the hill", on a site in Reserve Street, and was dedicated on November 17, 1927. When the little town of Morwell Bridge had to go, the Church of England from there was shifted to Brown Coal Mine to be used as a hall. On the eve of its removal it was set alight and required considerable repair. It served the township for a time and was later removed altogether. The first clergyman was the Reverend Vizard who was sent from Walhalla to the Brown Coal Mine in 1920.

St. James on the corner of Reserve Street and Gooding Street Yallourn North

The Methodist Church Brown Coal Mine and Yallourn were at first attached to the Morwell circuit and the Superintendent Minister was the Reverend A.G.Day. Before Yallourn was built he conducted services at the school in Brown Coal Mine. In 1923 a Methodist probationer, Reverend E.L.Vercoe, was appointed to the area and was given accommodation in the Eastern Camp. Services were conducted in the camps, homes and the school buildings. Reverend Vercoe purchased a mass room in the 1920s and had it erected at Brown Coal Mine on a site not far from the old Main Street. Voluntary workers altered the windows to make them look more like a church and a vestry was added. The church was moved to Reserve Street in 1938, by a bullock team. The main building was extended and a larger vestry and a new porch were added, and a stained glass window was fitted. Some years later, what once had been an ablutions block was added to the rear of the church. It was restored to become an all-purpose room, which still serves the community today. In 1977, the Methodist Church Australia wide, combined with the Presbyterian and Congregational Churches to become "The Uniting Churches in Australia". In the early hours of Boxing Day 1997 tragedy struck the church in the form of fire. The church itself was badly damaged and only the community hall at the rear was saved. The church was demolished and a new modern building was built on the same site. A Service of Celebration for the opening of this new building was held on 2 April 2000.[3]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Yallourn North (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  3. ^ Information supplied in part by Old Brown Coal Mine Museum Yallourn North.