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

1927 - Mt Evelyn Aqueduct

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
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Approx routes of the lormer Silvan diversion aqueducts

Aqueduct route in 1925 (MMBW) - see the proposed diversions to Silvan Dam

Mt Evelyn Aqueduct - 1955

Mt Evelyn Aqueduct - 1955

1927 - Mt Evelyn Aqueduct

The western section of the O'Shannassy Aqueduct between Hunter Rd and Lilydale-Monbulk Rd, and the Mt Evelyn township, became known as the Mt Evelyn Aqueduct.
It originally cut the town of Mt Evelyn in two.

In 1933 parts of the Mt Evelyn section of the O'Shannassy aqueduct were widened to increase its capacity.

One side of the concrete channel was removed, the channel was deepened and widened, then re-concreted. Piped sections of the aqueduct were also duplicated to further increase flows and to maximise the benefits now available from Silvan.

The open channel section was between Hunter Rd and Priestly Crescent - the remainder was in underground pipe.

The Mt Evelyn Aqueduct was de-commissioned on February 7, 1972, and the rural section of land through which it passes has been preserved as a linear park, part of the Mt Evelyn Forest.

In 1974, the MMBW sold a portion of the land at the junction of the old O’Shannassy Aqueduct and the Silvan Outlet channel for the Melba Centre.

That section of the aqueduct has not been filled in, and the remains of bridges to adjoining properties still exist.

Some of the bluestone walls have crumbled, and large trees have fallen across sections of the channel.

Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Walking Trail.
This uses part of the former Mt Evelyn Aqueduct management track,

The Trail may be accessed at its eastern terminus at Hunter Rd, off the Monbulk Rd, and continue to where it crosses Priestly Crescent, at the point where the open Aqueduct disappears undergound in pipes.

It passes the Oasis Youth Centre and the Mt Evelyn Primary School.

Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Trail - Bridge at Parker Rd (2012)

Mt Evelyn Aqueduct - Parker Rd pipe outlet (2012)

Widening Mt Evelyn channel - 1930s

Mt Evelyn Aqueduct Trail and open channel (2012)

Mt Evelyn Aqueduct and Trail (2012)

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