Silvan Reservoir Pictorial Heritage - 1880 to 2011

About this Research Project
Timeline 1880-2010
Historical Background from 1917
Construction 1926-1932
Aerial Ropeway
Aerial Cableway
Steam Tramway
Development after 1932
Modern Era
The abandoned Second Reservoir
Silvan Forest
Reservoir Park
Stonyford Forest Nature Trail
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You may want to look at he author 's newly released, (January 2013) free, Heritage Project about the History of the O'Shannassy Aqueduct System. It includes a Virtual Tour of the O'Shannassy Aqueduct Trail!

It contains 30 Chapters, with images, text, videos, sound, maps and drawings.

Many of the images have never been published previously in the public domain, until now!


NEW - THE FORESTS OF WARBURTON - 1853 to 2012 - a Pictorial Heritage Work.

Published September, 2012, and compiled by Bob Padula, OAM, of Melbourne, this is a free on-line work,
containing 32 chapters, which brings together hundreds of heritage images, maps and drawings.

It 's supported by many of the author's personal photographs, dating back to 1951, depicting the evolution and development of the Warburton Forests, 66 km east of Melbourne, Victoria, and in particular its timber industry, between 1853 and 2012.

The work includes descriptive text, location maps, sound and video, identifying the actual sites of many of the sawmills, as far as can be reasonably determined, and linking these to the present-day environment.

General descriptive information about the history of important locations is also given.

"The Forests of Warburton"

1910 - Auburn Tram


The on-line Autobiography of Bob Padula is now available, published December 2011, and contains 70 Chapters, 300 pages, and over 1000 images, including sound and videos. It chronicles the most important events and activities of the author's life, spanning the years 1939 to 2011.

It's titled "Looking Back - the Autobiography of Robert V. J, Padula - 1939 to 2011"

Its available for viewiing at

The Autobiography of Robert J. Padula, OAM


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Reservoir seen from John's Hill, Kallista, Mar 2011

Stonyford Rd 1910


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I am Bob Padula, OAM, from Mont Albert, an eastern suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
The "Silvan Reservoir Pictorial Heritage 1880-2011" is an Educational Research Project, essentially a collection of archived photographs, maps and reproductions of engravings, depicting the construction and evolution of the Silvan Reservoir, 60 km east of Melbourne.
Text and other information link the graphiical content.
Click on any photo anywhere in the site to see a full-sized image!
The Timeline begins in the 1880s, and continues to the present day, concentrating on the years 1917 to 1934 when the reservoir was under construction.
The Project consists of several Pages, which may be accessed from the Navigation Bar.

Throughout the text, the words "Dam"and "Reservoir" mean the same thing!  
Please go to "About this Research Project" for an account of how it was developed!
A large number of the photos are from my own visits and exploration between 2009 and 2011 - others are publicly available images obtained from a variety of Websites. Some are reproductiions in the public display at the Lookout at the Reservoir. Other content has been researched from articles published in the Melbourne "Argus" and "Age" newspapers, through the digitised images now available on-line.

NOTE! Unless otherwise specified, all images were taken by me, in 2010 or 2011
I hope you enjoy your tour!
A small donation of AU$5/US$5 would be appreciated to help pay for hosting costs for this site - thank you!
This Research Project site was launched on April 14, 2011

Bob Padula OAM,

Bridge over Olinda Creek c1940

Olinda Creek at Stoneyford Rd, c1892

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See my Video of a hike in the Silvan Forest, March 10, 2011!


Check out these important FREE sites, authored by Bob Padula and updated regularly!

Guide to Short Walks in Victoria (hundreds of walks described - fully searchable!)
Bob's Australian Bushwalking Journal (hundreds of searchable entries, with selected images, in chronological order!)
Bob's YouTube Videos of hikes - nearly 200 Videos!)l
Bob's Photo Album (searchable descriptions of nearly 1000 walks, with over 10,000 images!)
Bob's Picasa Photo Albums hundreds of images from Bob's Australian Bushwalking Journal - static or slideshow!

Victorian Alps from above Myrtleford

You are invited to visit any of the folllowing PICTORIAL HERITAGE WEBSITES, published free on-line, and compiled by Bob Padula.

Each describes, in words and pictures, the evolution, history, heritage and development of the designated places.

Silvan Reservoir 1880-2011

Warrandyte 1839-2011

Maroondah Reservoir and Healesville 1862-2011

Bright 1850-2011

Mt Donna Buang and Warburton 1890-2011

Shoreham Beach 1860-2011

The author at Portsea, October 2010

This Project is authored by Bob Padula, OAM, 404 Mont Albert Rd, Mont Albert, Victoria 3127, Australia


If you found this Project useful, please contribute a small donation of A$5/US5 which will assist in payment of hosting expenses to assist in keeping the site free of commercial advertising. Use the PayPal link.

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Thanks for dropping by and taking a look at my Project!  I'd like to hear from you with any comments or reactions - please Email to  Bob Padula