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OFFICIAL OPENING TUMUT 3 PROJECT LUNCH DINING ROOM A

2006.0074.0005.002.D

OFFICIAL OPENING TUMUT 3 PROJECT LUNCH DINING ROOM A

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Physical description

Directions and instructions about lunch, printed on a piece of white paper folded vertically in half. "Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority / OFFICIAL OPENING / TUMUT 3 PROJECT / LUNCH / DINING ROOM A" is printed on the front. A map of Talbingo township is inside, with the town's major facilities indicated in bold, including the two dining rooms. A small schedule is printed on the back page.

Statement of significance

The Snowy Scheme - Ken Johnson Collection consists of several objects once belonging to Ken Johnson, an engineer on the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. The items are a gelignite box, slide rule, various souvenir and opening programs and invitations, official reports and manuals, and project reports relating to various major Scheme structures.

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 mostly used by Snowy engineer Ken Johnson, helps to remind us of the role of engineers in such a massive undertaking. The project reports and opening invitations and programs chart the construction of many elements of the Scheme, the slide rule reflects the calculations made by engineers, and the gelignite box is a reminder of the massive excavations created by Scheme workers.

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