Isaac Douglas Hermann & Heather Arnold
Carlo Catani: An engineering star over Victoria... The rerouting of the Elster Creek following ongoing swamp reclamation failures led to the construction of several Public Works sanctioned Monier style bridges from 1904 onwards, constructed by Monash and Anderson....One of Carlo Catani’s foremost swamp reclamation schemes saw the opening up of thousands of hectares of prime agricultural land and new village settlements and a host of new roadways. The Koo Wee Rup Swamp was drained between 1889 and 1893 ...
After more than forty-one years of public service that never ended with his retirement, through surveying and direct design, contracting, supervision, and collaborative approaches, perhaps more than any other single figure, Carlo Catani re-scaped not only parts of Melbourne, but extensive swathes of Victoria ‘from Portland to Mallacoota’, opening up swamplands to farming, bringing access to beauty spots, establishing new townships, and the roads to get us there.