RAHS Day Lecture – Where History Happened: Warragamba Dam
Wednesday 3 April 2019, 1pm – 2pm
History House, 133 Macquarie Street, Sydney NSW 2000
When Warragamba dam opened in 1960, amid great fanfare, the official government booklet text stated:
The building of the Warragamba Dam resulted in the flooding of the Burragorang Valley, drowning what was once the secluded haunt of aborigines and, later, a fertile farming district and popular holiday resort. The settlers have gone: the farms, guesthouses and the little schools and churches have been demolished; and water many feet deep covers the ground where they once stood.
In this April Day lecture Peter will explore the flooding of the valley, the building of the dam, and the many issues involved in assessing our engineering heritage.
About the speaker: Peter Spearritt is an Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Queensland. In 1982 he wrote The Sydney Harbour Bridge: A Life, for the 50th anniversary, which has gone on to a second and third edition. He donated his harbour bridge collection to the Museum of Sydney. His book Sydney’s Century: A History, won the Premier’s award in 2000. The National Library of Australia has just published his book Where History Happened: The Hidden Past of Australia’s Towns and Places.
[Image: Archival photo of Warragamba Dam workers. Courtesy of WaterNSW]
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