Living with Hume Dam, 1919-2019

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Commemorative events in Albury-Wodonga to mark the centenary of the turning of the first sod for the Hume Dam prompted reflection on the history and heritage of the dam. This article traces some of the main stories that have been projected on to or read from the Hume Dam and the circumstances in which they appeared. It notes how the dam was acclaimed as a nation-building political achievement and an engineering triumph. It points to the emergence of concerns about the environmental impact of damming the Murray River. It outlines present-day concerns about how the water released from the dam best meets a balance of social, economic and environmental needs It unravels some of the mystique that has developed about the place at the local level.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4
Pages (from-to)194-210
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2020


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