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The SECV Latrobe Valley Photographic Collection began in the 1920s with photographs taken of the progress of construction of the Yallourn Township, Power Station and Briquette Factory. It continued on a part-time basis until after World War II and eventually a full-time photographer was appointed to the Yallourn Drawing Office.

We now have new photos from Yallourn Power Station, Briquette Factory and other nearby sites (1916-1967) available to order and view at the Victorian Archives Centre North Melbourne.

Here’s a sample from one of the albums in VPRS 17092 P13 Unit 8:

Cover of photo album
Photograph Album, SECV Latrobe Valley Photo Collection


Image of a power house tower
Power House June 1921


Men walking across a makeshift bridge
After the floods Dec 1934


several men putting up a building frame
The weir construction gang July 1935


Wide view of a construction site
Construction of the weir July 1935


Partly constructed tower of the power house

The Power House 1921


photo of the framework of a wall in construction
Construction of the weir July 1935

Search VPRS 17092 p 13 Photograph Albums, SECV Latrobe Valley Photo Collection to order these records. 

Other new transfers to our collection include Research papers of J A Vines, Author of A History of the Loy Yang Mine – Its Origins and Development to May 1997


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