39 – Snowy Hydro Scheme – Pt 2 – Getting Land & Workers

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme was underway.  Now they Authority had to acquire  the land across the Alps, and recruit a workforce, to survey, plan and construct the many parts of the project; not an easy thing to do in booming post war Australia.

Part 2 gives an overview of the recruitment of workers, the majority coming from various worker schemes and displaced persons camps in Europe.  And we learn about the arrangements for compensating and moving the existing landholders to make way for the Snowy Scheme.

(47 mins)



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Guthega (SnowyHydro)
Surveyors Geehi Camp 1951 (NAA 4240913)
Diamond drillers at Spencers Creek 1951 (NAA 4240700)
Talbingo Homestead home of Miles Franklin (SLNSW)
Major’s Dingy (from Biography in Ref list)
Major’s hut & memorial


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REFERENCES Ep 39

McHugh, S. (2019). The Snowy : a history (Anniversary edition. ed.): Sydney, NSW, Australia : NewSouth.

Gough, N. R. (2004). The Major: Lt. Col. Hugh Powell Gough Clews. Retrieved from https://khuts.org/images/stories/docs/major_clews_biography_ngough.pdf

Kociumbas, J. Myths, men and history: the making of the Snowy mystique. JRAHS, 88.

Franks, R., & State Library of New South Wales. Miles Franklin. Retrieved from https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/stories/miles-franklin

National Museum of Australia. Defining Moments:  Snowy Mountains Hydro. Retrieved from https://www.nma.gov.au/defining-moments/resources/snowy-mountains-hydro

Aussie Towns: Jindabyne, NSW. Retrieved from https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/jindabyne-nsw

AussieTowns: Adaminaby, NSW. Retrieved from https://www.aussietowns.com.au/town/adaminaby-nsw

Jindabyne: Australia’s Alpine Playground. The History of Jindabyne. Retrieved from https://www.destinationjindabyne.com.au/history-of-jindabyne/

Wikipedia: Old Adaminaby and Lake Eucumbene. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Adaminaby_and_Lake_Eucumbene


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