Australian Histories Podcast
Ep 40 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 3 - Contractors & townships: Australian History

Ep 40 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 3 - Contractors & townships: Australian History

August 24, 2020

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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Ep 39 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 2 - Getting Land & Workers: Australian History

Ep 39 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 2 - Getting Land & Workers: Australian History

August 6, 2020

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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Ep 38 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 1 - Inception:  Australian History

Ep 38 Snowy Hydro Scheme - Pt 1 - Inception: Australian History

June 29, 2020

The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, took nearly 30 years to complete in the post war period, and was an astounding engineering feat.  It remains one of the “engineering wonders of the world”.  It created thousands of jobs and drove the development of increased home-grown Engineering expertise in large civil projects.

Not without social & environmental costs of course, it brought with it some amazing practical power & water supply developments, and lead the country in embracing varied and valuable cultural influences, from it’s international, often refugee, workforce, recruited in the optimistic and welcoming post war Australia.  It’s a great story, and all these drivers and outcomes deserve a bit of reflection.   Today's episode will discuss the background and inception of the massive project.

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