Photographs: The Maroondah Dam Wall Under Construction
From the Collection of Melbourne Water 990 La Trobe Street Docklands Victoria
- These images are part of a series of eight photographs which document the construction of the Maroondah Dam in the 1920s.
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- The Maroondah System was first and foremost developed as a functional component of Melbourne's Water Supply System. In addition to functionality, the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) envisioned the Maroondah Reserve to be enjoyed aesthetically and recreationally by the public.
This souvenir illustrates the realisation of the Maroondah System as a local recreational and tourist attraction in the early 20th century. The Maroondah Reserve gardens were landscaped with English-style ornamental stonework, exotic trees, flower beds and rose gardens. All features of the water supply system became widely celebrated as beauty spots that continue to be very popular to this day with tourists and locals alike. This souvenir is a product of that flourishing tourist trade.
These water supply sites continue to enhance Melbourne’s charm and liveability and are now recognised as places of cultural and historic significance
- These photographs are invaluable in providing insight into many aspects of the Maroondah Reservoir’s early development. The dam wall is a distinctive example of early engineering techniques, with its gravity arch design and concrete construction. The construction of the dam wall represents an important advancement in the technology of dam-building.
- 31 May 2018 at 4:46PM