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Stevens Model A35 Stream Recorder


Stevens Model A35 Stream Recorder

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Physical description

A hydrographic instrument called a Stevens Recorder, used in stream gauge stations to record stream heights. The instrument is in grey rectangular metal box that has two short legs at the proper right hand end and one in the middle at the other end. The lid, which is hinged at the rear, has a rectangular window in the top and a chrome-plated catch on both sides. "STEVENS" is cast in relief on the lid, and "I-R-3b" and "S/N 23203" have been written on the front of it with a black permanent marker. Inside the lid are several long thin brass and copper spools, and a chain drive, which is broken. "TYPE / A35" and "SERIAL NO. / 23203 - 56" are impressed in a metal plate that bears the maker's name.

Statement of significance

The Snowy Scheme - Joe Gordon Collection consists of a stream gauging recorder, photographs and a poster, all relating to the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme.

The Snowy Scheme is Australia's largest engineering work and one of the great engineering feats of the world. Designed to produce irrigation water and electricity, the Scheme took 25 years to construct, 1949-74. Including 7 power stations, 16 dams and 225 kilometres of aqueducts and tunnels, the Scheme was built by a workforce of 100,000 people, two-thirds of whom came from overseas. The scheme played a major part in making Australia multi-cultural, and also in developing Australia's manufacturing, technical and engineering capacities. This collection, consisting of items relating to stream gauging, Joe's work constructing workers' camps and barracks, and Adaminaby before its flooding by the Scheme, helps to illustrate various important elements of the Scheme.

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