On November 28, 2019 it was 100 years since Australia’s then Governor-General, Sir Ronald Munro-Ferguson, turned the first sod to construct the Hume Dam. The Dam was not officially opened until 1936.
The Bethanga Bridge spanning the Hume Dam was one of 583 bridges designed by Percy Allan. A YouTube video by Russell Gawthorpe pays tribute to Percy Allan and features the Bethanga Bridge. Click on the link to view Russell’s video: Percy Allan – The Man Who Built 583 Bridges
Click on the link for a pdf document with a quick overview of the Hume Dam’s construction: Hume Dam Construction
Construction Illustrated & Described
We have created videos outlining construction of the Hume Dam
The first was produced from a 2001 PowerPoint presentation, written and narrated by then president of Albury & District Historical Society, Gerry Curtis. It outlining planning and construction of the dam, the machines used and the people involved. Gerry’s Powerpoint presentation was restored and converted to an 83-minute video.
The Powerpoint presentation has been restored and converted to an 83 minute video. You can view the video on YouTube by clicking on this link: Hume Dam Construction 1919-36
In 2021, a four-part series covering similar themes was written and narrated by Greg Ryan. During 2019 he prepared notes and photographs for talks to local community groups to celebrate 100 years since construction started. These presentations have now been converted to video – click on the links.
Part 1 (13 minutes): Prior to Construction
Part 2 (20 minutes): The Spillway Wall
Part 3 (13 minutes): The Embankment
Part 4 (25 minutes): Wrapping Up
Extensive remedial work was completed in 2013 to construct a concrete buttress to strengthen the Southern Training wall and enable the wall to better withstand a possible future earthquake. Click on the link to view a 5 minute video of the construction: Remedial work on Southern Training Wall, 2013
Celebrating 100 Years
Hume Dam construction started with a ceremonial ‘turning of the first sod’ on November 28, 1919 by Australia’s Governor-General, Sir Ronald Munro-Ferguson.
For an account of activities in 2019 to celebrate 100 years, go to our page Events/Activities
In 2019, the Border Mail published articles describing progress in construction of the Hume Dam. The articles can be accessed below:
Part 1: The Concept
Part 2: Planning a Dam
Part 3: Getting Started
Part 4: The Human Cost
Part 5: The Victorian Core Wall
Part 6: The Bethanga Bridge
Part 7: Tools of Trade
Part 8: The Spillway Rises
Part 9: The U-tube Nears Completion
Part 10: A Load of ‘Plums’
Part 11: The End is Nigh