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.
Snowy Scheme - Ken Johnson collection
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.