Snowy river hydro electric scheme
Heritage by Judy NunnA sweeping tale of bravery, love and human endurance, with the backdrop of the Snowy Mountains in southern New South Wales. We follow the lives of some of the inhabitants of Cooma, a small town experiencing a boom of migrant workers from the nearby Hydro-Electric scheme. Beautifully told, Judy Nunn weaves an evocative story, telling the lives of local characters and those from further afield, filling us in on their background stories, and how they came to the town.
Some characters struggle with prejudice and hypocrisy, but for the most part the migrants manage to integrate quite well. We meet those that have struggled just to exist through WW2, and those with a privileged upbringing that have never known hardship. We laugh, love and breath along with them, as they make a new lives for themselves.
I really did enjoy this book, becoming immersed and invested in the characters quite quickly. Id be reading and look up to find hours had passed. Yet the big problem I had with this book was how several people with interlocking lives in the past would suddenly and independently, unbeknownst to each other, all end up in one small town on the other side of the world. It was just too big a coincidence to me, and I found it slightly annoying. That was the only downfall of this book for me, and I do recommend it to lovers of Australian Historical Fiction.
3.5 stars rounded up to 4.
Snowy Mountains Scheme Guthega Project - English Narration
Snowy Mountains Scheme
The Snowy Mountains Scheme could save Australia from an energy crisis. Picture: Snowy Hydro Limited. He told reporters today that an extension dubbed Snowy Hydro 2. Subject to environmental approvals and funding being available, Mr Turnbull said construction could being next year. Snowy Hydro is largely owned by NSW, with the federal and Victorian governments minority shareholders. We are going to pick it up and run with it.
The Snowy Mountains Scheme is the largest hydro-electric scheme in Australia. It diverts the reliable waters of the south-flowing Snowy River, westwards, beneath the Great Dividing Range, and in doing so provides electric power and additional water for the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers to be used for irrigation. The earliest scheme for the diversion of the Snowy River waters to those of the Murrumbidgee River dates back to Proposals for electric power development followed, and in a dual-purpose scheme of power generation and irrigation emerged. In the same year the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority was created and work began. Dams were built, tunnels were cut through the mountains, pipelines laid and power stations constructed.
A sample of documents and photographs from the exhibition are showcased here. Click on an image to view the enlargement. The Scheme took 25 years to build. Since the late 19th century, expanding settlement had created a need to direct water inland for irrigation and to alleviate droughts. By hydro-electricity production was also part of the plan. The authority began operations on 1 August with New Zealand-born engineer William Hudson as commissioner. The first power from the Snowy flowed from Guthega power station in February
In many migrants with engineering or construction skills and experience in working alpine conditions were targeted for the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. Dams, power stations and tunnels were built so that the water from the Snowy River could be used to provide power and irrigation.
From to , thousands of workers from all over Australia and Europe came together to create one of the seven engineering wonders of the world. The Snowy Mountains Scheme is a testimony to the Snowy workers' skills and endeavour, as well as the birthplace of a uniquely multicultural Australia. The Snowy workforce faced harsh conditions: blizzards, deep snow, mud, poor communications and postwar shortages. Precision surveying instruments were carried by packhorses; tents and prefabricated huts and houses provided shelter from the snow and extreme weather conditions. The Scheme saw world firsts in tunnelling technology and powered the growth of modern Australia. One hundred and twenty one workers lost their lives during the construction period of the Scheme Snowy Scheme Museum Celebrating the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme From to , thousands of workers from all over Australia and Europe came together to create one of the seven engineering wonders of the world.
The Snowy Mountains scheme or Snowy scheme is a hydroelectricity and irrigation complex in south-east Australia. The Scheme was completed under the supervision of Chief Engineer, Sir William Hudson and is the largest engineering project undertaken in Australia. The water of the Snowy River and some of its tributaries , much of which formerly flowed southeast onto the river flats of East Gippsland , and into Bass Strait of the Tasman sea , is captured at high elevations and diverted inland to the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers irrigation areas, through two major tunnel systems driven through the Continental Divide of the Snowy Mountains , known in Australia as the Great Dividing Range. Since the s, both the Murray and Murrumbidgee rivers have been subject to development and control to meet water supply and irrigation needs. By contrast, the Snowy River, that rises in the Australian Alps and flows through mountainous and practically uninhabited country until debouching onto the river flats of East Gippsland, had never been controlled in any way, either for the production of power or for irrigation, and a great proportion of its waters flowed into the sea. The Snowy River has the highest source of any in Australia and draws away a large proportion of the waters from the south-eastern New South Wales snowfields, and was considered a means of supplementing the flow of the great inland rivers, a means for developing hydro-electric power, also a source of increasing agricultural production in the Murray and Murrumbidgee valleys.
Intensive soil conservation methods were undertaken wherever the natural vegetation and soil surface had been disturbed. Drainage is controlled by…. During the peak years of construction, Cooma acquired a population of more than 10, With the completion of the Snowy Mountains project in , the town experienced some reduction in growth. Its economy, however,…. The multipurpose Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme completed in increased the amount of water available for irrigation and generated large quantities of electrical power for peak load periods.