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Official start of the Snowy Mountains Scheme

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Title: Official start of the Snowy Mountains Scheme
Date: 1949
Keywords: engineering, environment, Prime Minister, Ben Chifley, technology, frontier science, Snowy Mountains Scheme, Governor-General
Record creator: Department of Information
Reference: A1200, L12451

Official start of the Snowy Mountains Scheme

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This is a 1949 photograph showing the Governor-General, Sir William McKell (1891–1985), officially starting the construction of the Snowy Mountains Scheme by pressing a plunger to set off a charge of dynamite. To the left of the Governor-General is the Prime Minister of the day, Ben Chifley (1885–1951), and to the right (partially obscured) is the first Commissioner of the Snowy Mountains Authority, Sir William Hudson (1896–1978). The ceremony is taking place on a special platform constructed beside the Eucumbene River, near Adaminaby in the Snowy Mountains. Flags are strung overhead and a few members of the public are visible in the background. On the table in front of the Governor-General is a plaque presented to him by the Prime Minister as a memento of the occasion.

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