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Snowy Hydro – The Construction of Geehi Dam (1967)


Produced in 1967 by the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Authority (SMHEA) photographic unit (Harry Malcolm et al. with narration by James Dibble), the film is a fairly technical description of the construction of Geehi Dam.

Curator’s notes

The Geehi Dam, in the Snowy Mountains Scheme, is located at an elevation of 1,150 metres in a remote area of Kosciuszko National Park. It regulates the flow of the Geehi River as well as diverted flows from the east via aqueducts and the Island Bend Tunnel. Its distinguishing feature is a glory hole spillway. In 1961 Theiss Bros was awarded the construction contract for the Geehi Dam and the Geehi section of the Geehi-Snowy Tunnel. The dam itself was completed in 1966. This film, shot over the construction period, is a technical look at the construction and workings of a rockfill dam.