Snowy Hydro Collection




This is a collection of films and footage shot and produced in the main by the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Authority film unit, during construction of the Snowy Mountains Scheme between 1949 and 1974.

The Snowy Mountains Scheme was a massive undertaking. With its 7 power stations, 16 major dams, pumping station, 145km of interconnected tunnels and 80km of aqueducts, it covered an operating area of 5,124 sq kms in the Southern Alps. As a publicly funded infrastructure project, it was unprecedented. However it was not without its critics. To both record the progress and to advance the cause of the project, a special photographic section, including moving image, was set up. Harry Malcolm, at the time an established cinematographer of documentary and drama, was contracted by the Commonwealth on behalf of the SMHEA to make films on all aspects of the construction of the scheme. Malcolm's film unit documented construction and related subjects and events from about 1951 through to completion of the scheme in 1974.

The NFSA does not usually hold the copyright for the works in its collection, so clearing the rights to use the material will be up to you.

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Documentaries; Engineering; Water

Snowy Mountains Authority

Coverage Spatial

Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Coverage Temporal



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