40 – Snowy Hydro – Pt 3: Contractors & townships

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme began construction at Guthega, with a Norwegian contractor, and before too long, power was being delivered to the people.

Workers and families got used to the new environment and the working conditions as the construction projects multiplied across the project sites, while others had to get used to their relocated townships.

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Drillers preparing Tumut Valley Dam 1956 (SnowyHydro)
Rock bolting Tumut 1 1956 (SnowyHydro)
KWPR World Tunnel Record Holder 1956 M Stermole (MuseumVic)
Moving the Bank Adaminaby 1957 (SnowyHydro)
Recording river flows (SnowyHydro)
Surge tank camp under snow 1953 (NAA 7269908)
Tumut 3 Pressure Pipeline section 1970 (Pipeliner jnl)
Murray 1 Power Station & Visitor Centre (SnowyHydro)
Guthega Power Station opening (SnowyHydro)
Theiss tunneling tally (NAA)

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