ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0301 Ron Moore Bendora Gravity Main Photographs

Call Number

HMSS 0301

Collection 

Ron Moore Bendora Gravity Main Photographs

Date Range

1966-1967

Quantity

0.01 (1 folder

Access Conditions

open

Copying conditions

with attribution

Related Collections

HMSS 0269 ... Cotter Water Supply Project 

Ron Moore, who took these photographs, was the resident engineer on the Bendora Gravity Main. He graduated in 1955 from the University of Sydney, worked initially for the Sydney Water Board and then on the trans-Canada gas pipeline 1957-1963. Back in Australia, with the Commonwealth Department of Works, he was involved with construction of the Bankstown Airport runway and then the Bendora gravity main. He left Works in 1968 to work with the National Capital Development Commission until 1988, and then as a consulting engineer until retirement in 1997.

Ron tells the story of the Bendora pipeline in Dams on the Cotter, an oral history project conducted in 1997-1998 by Matthew Higgins for the Institution of Engineers, Australia, Canberra Division Heritage Panel (ACT Heritage Library H 994.7 HIGG). Some of his photographs, with more extensive captions, are included in that book. This collection of 82 35mm colour slides documents the construction of the gravity main through difficult country, heavily timbered and with few, mostly inadequate, access tracks, with slopes up to 55 degrees, and requiring numerous creek crossings. The project began in wet weather and ended in extreme drought. Canberra’s existing water storage, the Cotter Dam, was depleted on 4 January 1968 so final testing of the pipeline was shortened to permit commissioning of Bendora the next day. After sixty years, the idea of bringing water to Canberra by gravity was a reality.

BOX LIST

 Image no.

Caption

Date of image

1

Downstream from 9m 2500

1/11/1966

2

Downstream from 1m 300

1/11/1966

3

Access crossing to Area 3A (flood damage)

10/11/1966

4

Access road

11/11/1966

5

Access road

11/11/1966

6

River crossing to camp

11/11/1966

7

River crossing to camp

11/11/1966

8

River crossing to camp

11/11/1966

9

Downstream from 9m 2400

11/11/1966

10

Downstream from B78

11/11/1966

11

Unidentified

11/11/1966

12

Unidentified

11/11/1966

13

Unidentified

11/11/1966

14

Downstream from 9m 2490

11/11/1966

15

Upstream from 9m 2490

11/11/1966

16

Upstream from 9m 2490

Nov 1966

17

Trench drilling and blasting upstream from 9m

Nov 1966

18

Trench drilling and blasting upstream from 9m

Nov 1966

19

Pipeline ch. 1m

22/11/1966

20

Pipe handling 9m 1720

Dec 1966

21

Downstream from 9m 2428

Dec 1966

22

Trenching upstream from 9m 1720

7/12/1966

23

Trenching upstream from 9m 1720

7/12/1966

24

Upstream from ch. 1m 2990

13/12/1966

25

Downstream from 9m 2428

Dec 1966

26

Upstream Pierces Creek

7/2/1967

27

Cotter crossing no. 8

13/2/1967

28

Rocks in trench upstream to 8m 5000

13/2/1967

29

Upstream to Uriarra Crossing

13/2/1967

30

Upstream from Murrumbidgee

Feb 1967

31

Cotter crossing no. 8

Feb 1967

32

Upstream at Uriarra Road crossing

Feb 1967

33

Upstream to Cotter Crossing

Feb 1967

34

Downstream to crossing no. 5

Feb 1967

35

Benching downstream to Tidbinbilla Road

Feb 1967

36

Murrumbidgee River crossing

28/2/1967

37

Excavating Murrumbidgee crossing

28/2/1967

38

Bedding, upstream Cotter crossing no. 8

Feb 1967

39

Cotter crossing no. 8

28/2/1967

40

Downstream creek crossing area ch. 2m 4000

1/3/1967

41

Downstream to Cotter crossing no. 5

1/3/1967

42

Downstream Murrumbidgee crossing

3/3/1967

43

Concreting Murrumbidgee crossing

4/3/1967

44

Completed benching upstream towards Pierces Creek

14/3/1967

45

Bend B18 being laid

14/3/1967

46

Scaffolding for creek crossing 2m 4000

14/3/1967

47

Upstream to Cotter crossing no. 2

18/3/1967

48

Upstream to Cotter crossing no. 2

18/3/1967

49

Truck in trench, pouring of B18

18/3/1967

50

Drilling Cotter crossing no. 1

27/4/1967

51

Upstream to Cotter crossing no. 3

27/4/1967

52

Upstream to Cotter crossing no. 3

27/4/1967

53

Upstream to Cotter crossing no. 4

27/4/1967

54

Downstream to Cotter crossing no. 6

27/4/1967

55

Downstream to Cotter crossing no. 7

27/4/1967

56

Upstream to Cotter crossing no. 6

27/4/1967

57

Upstream towards Pierces Creek

9/5/1967

58

Downstream Cotter crossing no. 4

10/5/1967

59

Cotter crossing no. 1

22/5/1967

60

Cotter crossing no. 1 (pour has stopped)

26/5/1967

61

Cotter crossing no. 1 (pour has stopped)

26/5/1967

62

Cotter crossing no. 1

26/5/1967

63

Upstream from crossing no. 7, pipe out of ground

26/5/1967

64

Trenching downstream from 4m 3760

6/6/1967

65

Gully crossing ch. 4m 500

6/6/1967

66

Upstream from 3m 3800

6/6/1967

67

Upstream from 8m 3261 B68

7/6/1967

68

Upstream from 8m 3261 B68

7/6/1967

69

Upstream from 8m 1900

20/6/1967

70

River blocked from benching, upstream camp at 5m 2400

20/6/1967

71

Downstream from 5m 500

20/6/1967

72

Upstream from 4m 4600

20/6/1967

73

Additional anchorage Cotter crossing no. 4

27/6/1967

74

Downstream at gully crossing 4m 500

27/6/1967

75

Upstream from 4m 4600

18/7/1967

76

Downstream from 6m 1950

20/7/1967

77

Hydraulic operated compactor, Pierces Creek

20/7/1967

78

Pipe damaged by scammel B35

28/7/1967

79

Gully crossing 4m 500

28/7/1967

80

Downstream from 6m 3888

28/7/1967

81

Unloading Y5 at Area 11

31/8/1967

82

Downstream from 6m 1900

12/9/1967