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Pair of brown leather work boots associated with the Snowy Scheme


Pair of brown leather work boots associated with the Snowy Scheme

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A pair of size 9, brown leather work boots, with Dunlop Australian soles and brown laces.

Statement of significance

The Snowy Scheme - Snowy Hydro Collection consists of a variety of objects relating to the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme. These include stream gauging meters, snow survey tubes, work boots, jackhammers, a rock bolt, drill cores, models, surveyors' record sheets, interpretative light boxes, a snow-clearing sign, and a sporting cup.

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 a broad range of Snowy objects, reflects many aspects of the Scheme, from investigation, construction and social life through to promotion of the Scheme to the public.

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