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IMAGE: Workers at top of Chimney. Courtesy Morwell Historical Society 

HAZELWOOD: Public Talk 

Saturday 25 June
2.00pm to 3.30pm


The now demolished site of Hazelwood
Power Station raises many questions. Join us for this special talk that will cover the industrial history of the Morwell, how the community of Morwell was built, and what we can do now to remember these important heritage sites in years to come.    

LRG is pleased to present a special conversation between Chair of PowerWorks, Darrell White, Power Works board member and former Hazelwood employee Clark Spencer, and former Hazelwood staff member George Harris, convened by Erik Eklund, Professor of History at the Gippsland Campus of Federation University.  

This talk will be followed by a reception in the gallery with refreshments and snacks. Please email lrg@latrobe.vic.gov.au if you have any access requirements.  


Speakers: 
 

Clark Spencer is a former employee of the SECV and former Tour Guide at Hazelwood Power Station from 1990 up until its closure in 2015. Clark is also on the board of PowerWorks and remains actively involved in engaging the public in the region’s history and industrial heritage. 

Darrell White is Chair of PowerWorks, a former councillor at Latrobe City Council and a former employee of the SECV. Darrell has extensive knowledge of the energy industry in the Latrobe Valley and through his involvement with PowerWorks has played a central role in promoting greater public understanding of local industrial history, and of its important function within the state of Victoria. 

George R. Harris was a Hazelwood Power Station Operations Unit Controller, and Senior Operations Training Coordinator at the Hazelwood Training Centre. George has an in-depth knowledge of technical operations of Hazelwood Power Station and was a member of the organising committee of the Hazelwood mural, “Hazelwood Power Station, 30 Years’ Service.” 

Erik Eklund Professor of History at Federation University who has published on Australia’s mining and industrial history. His recent work includes articles on Latrobe Valley industrial heritage and a study of the 1919 influenza pandemic in Gippsland which was shortlisted for the 2021 Victorian Community History Awards.