Centenary of the O'Shannassy Water Supply System - 1913 to 2013 - a Pictorial Heritage


1803 - Beginnings
1892 - Surrey Hills Reservoirs
1911 - Design and Construction
1911 - The O'Shannassy Weir
1914 - Maintenance and Operations
1923 - Bushfires, Landslips, and Floods
1924 - Modifications and Enlargements
1927 - Silvan Dam
1927 - Mt Evelyn Aqueduct
1928 - The O'Shannassy Reservoir
1929 - Upper Yarra Conduits
1931 - Silvan Inlet Aqueduct
1996 - Decommissioning
2006 - Pigging Project
2007 - O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Overview
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Parrot Rd to Don Rd
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Don Road to Dee Rd
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Dee Rd to Sussex St
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Sussex St to Yuonga Rd
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Yuonga Rd to Donna Buang Rd
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Donna Buang Rd to Cement Creek Rd
O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail - Cement Creek Rd to the Weir
The Present
The Author's Websites
The following is a listing of organizations, individuals, communities and entities consulted in the creation of this Project.

Those which are accessible on-line are underlined as hyperlinks.

Extensive use has been made of out-of-copyright images, maps, articles and drawings, from the archives of the State Library of Victoria, and from the Trove Digitalized Collection of archived publications.

1835 - The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia (by James Boyce - 2012)

Aussie Heritage

Back to Warburton – 1950

Bonzle Digital Maps of Australia

Booroondara City Council

Bushwalking Victoria

Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation

Department of Planning and Community


Ghost Towns of the Mountain Goldfields (by Luke Steinhuis 1999)

Google Earth

Google Maps

Healesville and Yarra Glen Guardian (newspaper)

Healesville Visitor Centre


Light Railway Research Society of Australia

Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW)

Melbourne - a City of Stories (by Deborah Tout-Smith - 2008)

Melbourne Water

Melbourne's Water Supply Undertaking (Journal of Institution of Engineers Australia - October 1934)

Mountains of Ash (by Mike McCarthy – 2001)

Museum Victoria

National Library of Australia

Parks Victoria

Pigging of the O’Shannassy Outlet Mains - Water Industry Engineers and Operators Conference (2006)

Printing and Selling – Early Adventist Publishing Work in Australia - Heritage Series (by Milton Hook)

Secret Places of the Upper Yarra Valley Beauty Spots (by Luke Steinhuis – 1994)

Shire of Whitehorse

Shire of Yarra Ranges

State Library of Victoria

The Age Newspaper

The Argus Newspaper

Upper Yarra Museum – Yarra Junction

The Blundens (by Betty Blunden - 1980)

The O’Shannassy Aqueduct and Weir (Transactions of the Institution of Engineers (Aust) - 1934 - Marking 100 Years of Engineering in Victoria)

Upper Yarra Conservation Society

Victorian Collections
Victorian Heritage Register

Warburton Adventists

Warburton Health Care Centre and Hospital

Warburton Visitor Centre

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