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Programme for the Official Opening of Tumut 3 Project...

Programme for the Official Opening of Tumut 3 Project...

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Programme for the opening of Tumut 3 Power Station. "SNOWY MOUNTAINS HYDRO-ELECTRIC AUTHORITY / PROGRAMME / for the / OFFICIAL OPENING / of the / TUMUT 3 PROJECT / by / HIS EXCELLENCY THE RIGHT HONOURABLE / SIR PAUL HASLUCK, G.C.M.G., G.C.V.O., K.St.J., Governor-General of the Commonwealth / of Australia. / 2.00 p.m. SATURDAY 21 OCTOBER 1972" is printed on the front of the booklet, which has been made by folding a piece of white card vertically in half.

Collection name
Snowy Scheme - Ken Johnson collection

Collection statement of significance
The Snowy Scheme - Ken Johnson Collection consists of several objects once belonging to Ken Johnson, an engineer on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. The items are a gelignite box, slide rule, various souvenir and opening programs and invitations, official reports and manuals, and project reports relating to various major Scheme structures.

The Snowy Scheme is Australia's largest engineering work and one of the great engineering feats of the world. Designed to produce irrigation water and electricity, the Scheme took 25 years to construct, 1949-74. Including 7 power stations, 16 dams and 225 kilometres of aqueducts and tunnels, the Scheme was built by a workforce of 100,000 people, two-thirds of whom came from overseas. The scheme played a major part in making Australia multi-cultural, and also in developing Australia's manufacturing, technical and engineering capacities. This collection, consisting of items mostly used by Snowy engineer Ken Johnson, helps to remind us of the role of engineers in such a massive undertaking. The project reports and opening invitations and programs chart the construction of many elements of the Scheme, the slide rule reflects the calculations made by engineers, and the gelignite box is a reminder of the massive excavations created by Scheme workers.

Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Authority

Place of publication
Cooma, New South Wales, Australia

Date of publication

Rt Hon Sir Paul Hasluck

Place of event
Talbingo, New South Wales, Australia

Associated place
Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Date of event


Width: 123mm
Height: 197mm
Depth: 1mm

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