The Upper Yarra Reservoir - Pictorial Heritage - 1946 to 2013

Melbourne's Water Supply System - History
Planning and Design
McVeigh's Hotel and Water Wheel
Heritage and Other Features
The Reservoir Park
Getting the Water to Melbourne
Walking Tracks
References and Acknowledgements
The Author's Websites

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Upper Yarra Reservoir Pictorial Heritage 1946 to 2013 by Bob Padula OAM is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at http://bpadula.tripod,com/upperyarra.

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2012 - the Reservoir

2013 - aerial view of the Reservoir

This Research Project describes the history of the Upper Yarra Reservoir and water distribution system, started in 1946, comissioned in 1957, which was to become a major part of Melbourne's major water supply network.

It examines the planning, design, construction, development, and operations of the Reservoir, the Aqueducts, the Pipe System, which collectively represented a massive engineering construction project of the time.

This Project is dedicated to the memory of the men and women who were involved in the building and operations of the System, which remains operational to the present day.

1965 - the Spillway

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 sequence, where appropriate.

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Many images are out-of-copyright and sourced to publicly available sites on the Internet - accreditation is not required or given. A listing of principal research sources used may be found in References and Acknowledgements
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Unless otherwise indicated, all images tagged "2011, 2012" or "2013" are those taken by the author, from his visits to the locations described in this Project

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

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 about those themes.

*** 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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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
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
Maroondah Aqueduct System 1891-2013
Upper Yarra Reservoir 1846-2013
Warrandyte 1839-2010

Descriptions of all of the above Projects may be viewed at

Victoria - a Pictorial Heritage


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This is a Video of the SkyCrane aircraft, taken by a visitor (not known to the author) on Jan 14, 2011 in the Reservoir Park, whilst on firefighting deployment.

This is a Video filmed on November 28, 2010, by a visitor to the Reservoir (not known to the author.

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