The Maroondah Aqueduct System - a Pictorial Heritage 1891 to 2013

1803 - Beginnings
1857 - Yan Yean Reservoir
1865 - Preston Reservoir
1891 - The Graceburn Weir
1891 - The Aqueduct
1891 - Maroondah Aqueduct - Kangaroo Ground District
1891 - Watts Weir
1891 - Maroondah Aqueduct - Echo Tunnel
1891 - Maroondah Aqueduct - Eltham to Research District
1893 - Donnelley's Weir
1927 - Maroondah Reservoir
1927 - Maroondah Reservoir Park
Maroondah Reservoir - Features
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Maroondah Aqueduct Heritage by Bob Padula OAM is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
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Click the embedded player (below!) to see a 3-mins Video of the Maroondah Reservoir, compiled by the author, with accompanying sound.

Some of the author's photos of 2012 and 2013

The open channel at Kangaroo Ground (2013)

Open channel and bridge at Eltham North (2013)

Open channel at Healesville (2013)

Open channel at Kangaroo Gound (2013)


1907 - Watts Weir No.1

This Research Study describes the history of the Maroondah Aqueduct Water Supply System, comissioned in 1891, which was a major part of Melbourne's major water supply system.

It examines the planning, design, construction, development, and operations of the Aqueduct, the Maroondah  (Watts) Weir. and the Maroondah Reservoir, which collectively represented a massive engineering construction project of the time.
Additionally, information is given about the development and evolution of the Preston Reservoir,(the western terminal of the Aqueduct), the Graceburn Weir, the Yan Yean Reservoir System, and Donnelley's Weir
This Study is dedicated to the memory of the men and women who were involved in the building and operations of the System, some of which remains operational to the present day.

1908 Donnelley's Weir

This work is a free on-line dissertation, containing 15 chapters, which brings together many heritage images, descriptive text, sound, video, location maps and drawings.

Each major theme in this Study has its own Chapter, accessed from the Navigation Bar on each Page. The Chapters are arranged in chronological order, where appropriate.

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Bibliography. Photographs created by the author are indicated accordingly. The Study is listed under a Creative Commons License.

Unless otherwise indicated, all images tagged "2011, 2012" or "2013" are those by the author, from his many visits to the locations through which the Aqueduct passed.

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This Project Study is published in February 2013 - it is a once-only Study and will not be updated.

The author, at Blackburn Creeklands, Feb 2013

This Heritage Study is a work by Bob Padula, OAM, of Mont Albert, Victoria, Australia.

Bob is a Chartered Professional Commiunications Engineer, holding the rank of Life Member, Institution of Engineers (Austraiia), providing specialized technical consultancy services and authorship in the field of international high frequency broadcasting

He also has a keen interest in hiking, bushwalking, coastal walking, and light railway history, and exploring the mountains around Melbourne, activities which support his involvement in amateur photography.

Bob is a member of the Australian Light Railway Research Society, Bushwalking Victoria, and the Great Dividing Trail Association.

His affinity for research into the history of the Forests, Timber Mills, and Water Supply Systems to the east of Melbourne is reflected in his authorship of several popular on-line Heritage Projects. 

*** His on-line autobiography may be viewed at "Looking Back - 1939 to 2011"

The author also maintains several free Photo Websites dedicated to his travels. 

Links and descriptions are at
The Author's Personal Websites

His latest on-line Engineering Research Study is "The History of Short wave Broadcasting in Australia"

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Maroondah Reservoir(2013)

1876 - Graceburn Weir


Readers are invited to visit any of the folllowing VICTORIAN PICTORIAL HERITAGE WEBSITES, published free on-line, and compiled by the author.

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 Forests of Warburton 1853-2012
O'Shannassy Water Supply System 1913-2013

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