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The plaque commemorates the centenary of the completion of the Beetaloo Dam in 1890. 

The Beetaloo Reservoir no longer supplies drinking water and is kept as a reserve for a major outage on the Morgan-Whyalla pipeline and as a recreation and fishing reserve. It was built between 1886 and 1890 as a source for water to supply Yorke Peninsula. It has a capacity of 3.18 gigalitres (112,000,000 cu ft). When it was built, Beetaloo Dam was considered the largest concrete dam in the southern hemisphere. It is now the smallest of SA Water`s 16 reservoirs in South Australia. At the time of its construction, Yorke Peninsula was a developing agricultural base, as well as copper mining and smelting industry in the Copper Triangle area around Kadina, Wallaroo and Moonta.


Address:Beetaloo Valley Road, Beetaloo Valley, 5523
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.195806
Long: 138.220239
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Government
Approx. Event Start Date:1890
Approx. Event End Date:1990


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:November-1990
Front Inscription

Engineering and Water Supply Department

The plaque commemorates the centenary of the completion of the Beetaloo Dam.

The dam was constructed between 1886 and 1890 to supply water to Yorke Peninsula.  Its continued use is testimony to the foresight and engineering ability of our forebears.

November 1990

Source: MA
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