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Re-union of workers on the Dartmouth Dam

The Dartmough Dam took seven years to complete and opened in 1979. The reunion is from October 17 to 19.

August 26, 2014 12:49pm

A reunion of people who worked and lived at Dartmouth during the construction of the dam and power station is being held on 17,18 and 19th of October.

A reunion of people who worked and lived at Dartmouth during the construction of the dam and power station is being held on October 17, 18 and 19.

The Dartmouth Dam, the highest in Australia, was officially opened in October 1979, after taking seven years to complete.

A range of activities has been planned over the three days of the anniversary celebration, with an informal gathering on the Friday night at the Dartmouth Hotel and a formal welcome to take place on Saturday at 11.15am. Other activities include tours and presentations at the dam and power station, and lunch in the town.

The Dartmouth Dam project was managed by State Rivers and Water Supply Commission of Victoria and the main contractor was Thiess Bros Pty Ltd. The construction of the Dartmouth Power Station, completed in 1981, was managed by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria.

Storytelling and poems about the construction time can be enjoyed at the dinner at the Dartmouth Hotel on the Saturday evening.

Prizes will be awarded for incidents such as: the worst driving incident, best swimmer, biggest catastrophe, and many other amusing happenings.

Forms will be available on arrival to write your stories down over the weekend.

In recognition of those who lost their lives during the construction of the dam or workers and family who have passed away in the past 35 years, a church service will be held on Sunday morning about 10am, followed by a barbecue lunch. All past workers, family and friends are invited to attend.

More information about the event is available by phoning Robyn Scales on (02) 60724233. Bookings are essential.

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