• Short Summary

    FROM OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS ANOTHER MILLION AND A HALF TONS OF ROCK IS BEING GOUGED.

  • Description

    FROM OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS ANOTHER MILLION AND A HALF TONS OF ROCK IS BEING GOUGED. ANOTHER DAM WALL IS RISING, THE MAMMOTH SNOWY MOUNTAIN SCHEME IS IN ITS CLOSING STAGES AT GEEHI, ON THE WESTERN SLOPES OF THE AUSTRALIAN ALPS. THE SEEMINGLY ENDLESS WATERS OF THE SNOWY RIVER AND ITS MYRIAD CREEKS ARE THIS TIME BEING DIVERTED INTO THE MURRAY RIVER. THE COST - 50 MILLION POUNDS. (AUSTRALIAN)
    THE RESERVOIR BEING BUILT AT GEEHI WILL FIRST OF ALL DAM THE GEEHI RIVER, BUT THROUGH THE MOUNTAIN WEB OF TUNNELS AND DAMS THE SNOWY RIVER ITSELF WILL FEED INTO IT. MORE TUNNELS, STILL TO BE BUILT WILL SEND THE WATER INTO THE MURRAY.

    INEVITABLY, WITHIN THE NATURE OF THE SCHEME, POWER STATIONS WILL DRIVE THEIR TURBINES FROM THE RUSHING WATER AS IT PASSES. THE SEVEN-MILE LONG TUNNEL BLACKNESS IS CRYSTAL CLEAR TO THE ENGINEERS. FOUR HUNDRED AND FIFTY MEN ARE ENGAGE ON THE SCHEME.

    HEAVY AND UNWIELDY, THE MICKER - AS IT IS KNOWN IN TUNNEL JARGON - GOES IN TO CLEAR THE DEBRIS. ON THIS SECTION, THE CONTRACTORS SET A WORLD TUNNELLING RECORD FOR SPEED THROUGH HARD ROCK - 540 FEET IN A SIX-DAY WORKING WEEK.

    THE BREAKTHROUGH ACHIEVED, THE TUNNEL WILL BE FINISHED OFF THE LINED WITH CEMENT, WHILE THE TUNNELLERS CONTINUE THE DRIVE BACK FROM GEEHI, TO TAP THE SNOWY RIVER AND LAKE EUCUMDENE UNTIL THERE ARE 40 MILES OF TUNNEL FEEDING INTO MURRAY NUMBER ONE.

    AT YOUNGAL, THE MEN GENERALLY HAVE THE FACILITIES OF ANY SMALL TOWN: CINEMA HALL, POST OFFICE CAFE CANTEEN... MOST ARE NEWCOMERS TO AUSTRALIA FROM EUROPE - FEW AUSTRALIANS ARE ATTRACTED TO THE WORK OF TUNNELLING.

    TUNNELEERS ARE AN INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD... FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS THERE WILL BE WORK FOR THEM ON THE SNOWY UNTIL IN 1968 THE LAST DAM IS BUILT, THE LAST TUNNEL IS DRIVEN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADY548OF5JCR8RX2FFBQZBASK3
    Media URN:
    VLVADY548OF5JCR8RX2FFBQZBASK3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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