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Listed under:  Technologies  >  Engineering  >  Power supply  >  Power transmission

Bringing electricity to regional areas

This is an excerpt from 'Building the line', a 1925 silent documentary made by the Australian Government's Cinema and Photographic Branch. The excerpt shows two men felling a large tree at Kavanagh's Hill in Victoria and has two intertitles that explain what is happening. The first one reads 'The route of the line having ...


Guthega power station junction box, 1954

This is a photograph of three Snowy Mountains Scheme workers connecting electric cables at the Guthega power station, New South Wales. It was taken by the Australian News and Information Bureau in 1954.


Construction of the new town of Adaminaby

This is a photograph of a township under construction. The town is probably Adaminaby in New South Wales, Australia, which was built to replaced the old town of the same name, flooded in 1956 to make way for Eucumbene Dam. The photograph was taken by the Australian News and Information Bureau in 1953.


Workers erecting power poles, Canberra, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph by William James Mildenhall. It depicts eight workmen erecting a timber power pole on the side of a dirt road in Canberra in 1926. In the background is a bare field, bordered behind by large trees, beyond which are cottages. Between the cottages and the men, another power pole lies in ...


Hilltop railway cutting near Mittagong, 1884-1917

This is a black-and-white photograph from a silver gelatin dry-plate glass negative produced by the studio of Charles Kerry and Co, Sydney, showing a section of the Main South Line railway near Mittagong, New South Wales, some time between 1884 and 1917. Three men and a woman are posed on a fettler's trolley, a small, self-propelled ...


Australasian Gazette - Conversion, c1920

This silent black-and-white clip shows newsreel coverage of the conversion to electric power of a cable tram system in Melbourne. It shows work commencing on tracks on Victoria Parade, including shots of a mechanical pothole digger excavating holes for the power poles, and men installing the poles. A new electric tram is ...

Teacher resource

Perfect pylons

In this engineering challenge, students are asked to apply their knowledge of materials, forces and structures, build model electrical pylons and test to see how strong their models are.