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By James Viggers, Haylee Weaver, David Lindenmayer

This booklet charts the historical past of the water catchments and water offer for the town of Melbourne, which has many specific facets which are a serious a part of the heritage of Melbourne, Victoria and Australia. a lot of the advance of the water provide procedure was once many a long time sooner than its time and helped buffer town of Melbourne from significant illnesses, droughts and water shortages.

The authors current a chronology of the evolution of the catchment and water provide method pre-1900 to this day. They speak about significant advancements, guidelines, and building and administration actions. every one bankruptcy is illustrated with ancient black and white photos and likewise newly taken photographs that distinction current scenes with these from the past.

The e-book contains many striking insights into present and destiny concerns with Melbourne’s water offer, together with matters linked to the hugely arguable north-south pipeline, the desalination plant and the potential of extra diversions of the Yarra River.

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* Tells the tale of ways the water catchment method constructed for Melbourne has been constantly prior to its time has had an enormous impact at the improvement of town and Australia
* comprises either ancient and present content material and photographs
* contains concerns linked to the hugely debatable north-south

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7 He surmised that it would take 50–60 years for Melbourne’s population to reach that level. 37 Like his predecessor (Davidson), Ritchie was staunchly opposed to any human activities in water catchment areas. Having described the practices of cattle graziers and the sawmilling industry as ‘a crass folly of forest destruction’,38 he often came up against the government and the Forests Commission of Victoria. 39 Ritchie held views well ahead of his time, particularly on the relationships between large trees, water yield and quality, and increased streamflow and reduced erosion.

Instructions to caretakers about water supply operations were originally sent by telegraph in written form. This changed with the introduction of the magneto telephone line. Communications were further improved with the introduction of the radio telephone at management offices (at Mitcham, Preston, Warburton, Yan Yean and Healesville) and in motor vehicles. Between the 1940s and 1960s, caretakers received only one weekend off per month. As caretakers were required to be available 24 hours a day, some had alarms under their beds that would ring if there was an emergency.

The MMBW had fire-fighting equipment and used its network of roads to access fires burning within the catchments. Towers were manned all summer. They were occupied each day from early in the morning until late in the evening, or even overnight if it was a stormy or hot night. The MMBW towers were renowned for being manned longer than those of other organisations. Generally, there wasn’t much to do while up a tower looking for fires and, apparently, some of the men passed the time by sunbaking in the nude (D.

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