Our hopes for the future of Morwell Exhibition

This free exhibition evolved from research into recovery from the Hazelwood mine fire. We listened and clearly heard that people wanted to do something positive about Morwell and to be part of conversations about the future.
Many community members and groups have contributed to the conversation and this photographic exhibition is the result of these discussions. Photographer Clive Hutchison beautifully captures their hopes for the future.
All are welcome.
Morwell Neighbourhood House, researchers from Federation University Australia involved in the Hazelwood Health Study, and the Gippsland Centre for Art and Design, Federation University have joined forces to co-host this exhibition
At the switchback gallery from 14th November. Find out more 

Morwell a finalist in the tidy town awards. 

Keep Victoria Beautiful judge David Moncrieff said Morwell would go up against other towns including Dimboola, Coal Creek, Rutherglen and Beechworth, also finalists in the cultural heritage section.
“Advance Morwell member Keith Brownbill presented a number of interesting projects at Morwell but the most interesting one was the conversion of the old Masonic Lodge to the Morwell Historical Society museum,” Mr Moncrieff said.

Latrobe Valley Express

Couple wins Heritage Council of Victoria traditional trades award for South Gippsland project

Indisputably there could be no more deserving winners of the Heritage Council of Victoria’s inaugural Traditional Trades award last year than the couple who, in faithfully restoring a Gippsland ruin, went to the trouble of forging the brackets that hold the rainwater gutters in place.
Amateur enthusiasts Marcus Blyth and partner Joanne McFadyen also hand forged the picture holders that secure art to the acres of lath and plaster walling that also had to be remade at Woodcot Park, an 1840s “gentleman’s residence” at Tarraville, South Gippsland.

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Removal of Gippsland Line Electrification at Morwell in 1995

When electrification of the Gippsland Line to Traralgon was completed in the 1950s, the Melbourne to Traralgon line was the longest electrified line in Australia. In the mid 1990s, the electric wires were cut down between Pakenham and Traralgon. This video clip shows the cutting own of the last wires of the Warragul Traralgon section at Morwell in June 1995 and shows the method used by the contractors.


Screen Shot 2017-08-06 at 7.38.46 pmA worker removes the line at Morwell in 1995 (video)

Some more photos of trains using the line below:

Morwell Yard L 1165
A view of Morwell yard down end with L1165 shunting. 30.12.1986
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L 1163 shunts at Morwell whilst running an up goods. Dec. 30 1972
T400, Txxx Morwell
T400, Txxx Morwell
February 1979
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The “Gippslander” used to be hauled by electric L class locos as far as Traralgon where the overhead ended. At Traralgon the
L would cut off and a T class would be attached for the remainder of the trip to Bairnsdale.