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Pipe dreams, 2007: O'Connor's dream for water

This clip is an excerpt from the 2007 film 'Pipe dreams' (55 min), the second episode of a three-part series entitled 'Constructing Australia'. Over black-and-white photographs and dramatised video of the key players, a narrator describes the significant challenges of supplying water to the WA goldfields in the late 19th ...

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Explore water pipes [includes spoken instructions]

Trace a city's water supply and wastewater. Collect and test water samples from a dam, treatment plant, pumping station, house, sewage treatment plant and creek outfall. Compare the water clarity and purity at each location.

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Where does tap water come from? [includes spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Explore water pipes [no spoken instructions]

Trace a city's water supply and wastewater. Collect and test water samples from a dam, treatment plant, pumping station, house, sewage treatment plant and creek outfall. Compare the water clarity and purity at each location.

Interactive resource

Where does tap water come from? [no spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Digging drainage trenches in Canberra, 1929

This is a black-and-white photograph of men digging drainage trenches along a power line in Forrest, a Canberra suburb, in 1929. In the foreground three men are digging in a trench. In the distant background, partly hidden by trees, is the Kingston Power House.

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Distilling eucalyptus oil in 1929

This is an excerpt from a silent black-and-white documentary entitled 'The Eucalyptus Industry', which dates from 1929. It shows two men stamping eucalyptus leaves into a distillery vat. A wooden lid is then lowered onto the top by a pulley system and the vat is sealed securely. This scene is followed by an intertitle that ...

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Program for opening of Hills Water Scheme for Perth and Fremantle, 1925

This is a program commemorating the official opening of the first section of the Hills Water Scheme for Perth and Fremantle, Western Australia, in December 1925. The four-page black-and-white brochure is 12.5 cm x 20 cm.

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Australia's mineral wealth, 1934 - asset 7

This is a segment of a black-and-white film produced by Australian Government Film Products in 1934 titled 'Mineral wealth'. The commentary is backed by light organ music. A shot of a huge mountain of arid mine waste fades to the water-filled Mundaring Weir, surrounded by trees. The camera pans across the reservoir and ...

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Cartoon showing John Forrest and C Y O'Connor, 1897

This is a cartoon in the 'Western Table Talk', published in October 1897, showing Western Australian Premier John Forrest flying as an angel above a pipeline crossing the landscape of WA. The pipeline, which is supposed to be carrying large volumes of water, is dribbling drops into the bucket of four workers, some of whom ...

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C Y O'Connor's suicide note, 1902

This is a note written by Charles Yelverton O'Connor, Engineer-in-Chief of Western Australia with overall responsibility for the Coolgardie Water Scheme. It was presented as evidence at the inquest into his death in 1902. The note is handwritten and contains some deletions and a postscript.

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Granite outcrop at Kellerberrin, 2002

This is a low wall made from slabs of granite at the base of a huge granite outcrop at Kellerberrin Hill, approximately 150 km along the route of the Golden Pipeline, 200 km east of Perth in Western Australia. It is designed to catch rain running off the rock. A second wall parallel to the first has created a channel or ...

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Workmen laying a water pipeline, c1892-97

This black-and-white photograph shows workmen constructing a 5-km pipeline to carry water from a weir at Clarendon to the Happy Valley Reservoir in the hills south of Adelaide. It shows the trench that was dug to carry the pipeline and the effect of the construction on the natural environment. The photograph was developed ...

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Water gushing into an irrigation channel, c1920

This is a black-and-white photograph of a valve being opened to allow water to flow from the Murray River into a channel in about 1920. The man opening the valve is possibly Sam McIntosh, then head of the Irrigation Commission, and the channel into which the water flows is possibly the '70 foot' channel on Vaughan Terrace ...

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Water Corporation pipe probe, 1994

This is a colour digital photograph of 1994 showing equipment used in refurbishing the cement lining of the pipeline that delivers water to Western Australia's eastern gold fields. The top half of a section of pipe has been cut away to give a view of the operator lying on his front on a trolley inside the pipe.

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Welding the pipes, 1930s

This is a black-and-white photograph, taken in the 1930s, showing refurbishing of the pipeline that supplies water to Western Australia's eastern gold fields. One man is using an acetylene torch to weld a joint between two pipe lengths while in the background other workers are positioning lengths of pipe awaiting connection. ...

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Mount Charlotte Demonstration Day, 1903

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 13 cm x 18 cm that shows an awning and a number of small, coloured, triangular flags, or bunting, set up for the opening ceremony of the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme at Mount Charlotte Reservoir in Kalgoorlie on 24 January 1903. People are walking to the summit from various ...

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Plugging leaks, c1930s

This is a black-and-white photograph from the 1930s showing two men in a trench repairing a leak in the pipeline that supplies water to Western Australia's arid gold fields. The escaping water is shooting metres into the air, drenching the workers and turning the bottom of the trench in which they are working into mud. ...

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'Au fait accompli', 1903

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Sir John and Lady Forrest in the centre of a large crowd at the official turning on of the water at Mount Charlotte, Kalgoorlie on 24 January 1903. Some of the onlookers have broken through the restraining barricade around the reservoir and are sitting on or beside the concrete ...

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Pipes at Parkerville, c1901

This is a black-and-white photograph of a trainload of pipes en route to a Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme pipe-laying team somewhere to the east of Perth, Western Australia, around 1901. The train has paused alongside the Parkerville railway siding in the Darling Ranges. The load consists of some 12-15 flat-top wagons. ...