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20-January-2016
20-January-2016

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams

A plaque recognises the Cataract Dam as a National Engineering Landmark.  

The Institution of Engineers Australia, through its Heritage Committees, established the Australian Historic Engineering Plaquing Program to acknowledge past engineering achievements and to draw public attention to the significant contributions they have made to society. The Plaquing Program is a means of bringing public recognition to significant historic engineering works and the engineers who created them. The Program is intended to contribute to the conservation of Australian engineering heritage.

 

Location

Address:Cataract Dam Road, Appin, 2560
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.265356
Long: 150.804406
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1995
Front Inscription

Plaque:

NATIONAL ENGINEERING
The Institution Of Engineers Australia
               Estab. 1919
            LANDMARK

Plaque: 

The Institution Of Engineers Australia 
             Estab. 1919
Incorporated By Royal Charter 

                      CATARACT DAM

CONTRACTOR LANE AND PETERS COMPLETED THIS BASALT
CONCRETE FACED SANDSTONE BLOCK MASONRY DAM IN 
1907 FOR THE NSW PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT, TO A
DESIGN BY PRINCIPAL ENGINEERAS L A B WADE AND T W 
KEELE.  IT WAS THE FIRST LARGE CITY WATER STORAGE DAM
IN AUSTRALIA , THE FOURTH LARGEST OF ITS TYPE IN THE
WORLD AND THE FIRST OF THE FOUR UPPER NEPEAN DAMS 
WHICH PROVIDED WATER RESERVES FOR SYDNEY AGAINST
THE EFFECTS OF DROUGHT. 
               DEDICATED BY
THE INSTITUTION OF ENGINEERS, AUSTRALIA
       AND SYDNEY WATER 1995. 

Source: MA
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