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Commemorates Hugh McColl who encouraged the start of the Goulburn River Irrigation Scheme.

From 1865 McColl was honorary secretary of the Sandhurst and Castlemaine Water Supply Committee, this supported development of the Coliban River. In 1874 McColl became secretary of the Grand Victorian North West Canal, Irrigation, Traffic and Motive Power Co. Ltd. The plan to provide vast canals for inland Australia eventually faded away except for McColl's vision for canals which later became the basis of the Goulburn irrigation system.

After three failed attempts, McColl was elected member for the Mandurang in the Victorian parliament in 1880 and advanced water conservation and irrigation.


Address:Waranga Channel Bridge, Between Birchip & Wycheproof near Narraport, Birchip, 3483
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.999887
Long: 143.052589
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1887


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 12th September, 1934
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To honour the memory of Hugh McColl, M.L.A., 1819 - 1885

Whose advocacy of Benjamin H Dodd's scheme of water supply for northern Victoria resulted in the work being commenced at the Goulburn River during 1887.

Erected by North Western Shires and Boroughs Association

This Channel (1929) follows the line of the original scheme.

Source: VMR
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