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#OnThisDay 24 March 1827 John Busby, an engineer, began work on a scheme to pipe fresh water from the Lachlan Swamps to a reservoir at the Racecourse (now Hyde Park). This pipeline became known as "Busby's Bore" or the "Lachlan Tunnel". Convict labour was used to bore through 3.6 km of mostly sandstone over a ten year period. Once the water reached the reservoir it was distributed through the city by horse drawn carts > http://ow.ly/K2nh309CdhC
Plan: Surveyor General's Plan showing the course of the tunnel for supplying water to Sydney 1833 [Map 5780 part 1]
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Video: Milk - The White River of Life, 1946. Milk, health & nutritional benefits, demo'd in a domestic science class https://youtu.be/DsKEOHN_ZDc

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Have you tried searching for your #convict ancestors here > http://ow.ly/PRIh309Caxd Over 140,00 entries to search!

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#OnThisDay 2006 the State archives #convict records inscribed into Aust. UNESCO Memory of the World Proj. Register > http://ow.ly/Y6LB309C9TZ
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Happy anniversary Sydney Harbour Bridge, officially opened 19 Mar 1932. Video montage shows pics of the construction https://youtu.be/d1p0YHA96A4

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#OnThisDay 19 March 1932 the Sydney Harbour Bridge was officially opened.
Construction began on 28 July, 1923. The contractors set up two workshops at Milson's Point on the North Shore where the steel was fabricated into girders. The granite for the pylons was quarried near Moruya, where about 250 workers and their families lived in a temporary settlement. The two arches met at the centre of the span on 19 August 1930 at 10pm. The arches were loaded onto barges and towed into position then lifted up by two 580 tonne electrically operated creeper cranes. The arch spans 503m and the summit is 134m above sea level. Steel decking was then hung from the arches over the next nine months.

See more in the Sydney Harbour Bridge Guide > http://ow.ly/zYrX309C8Im

Pic: Procession crossing bridge, 19 Mar 1932. ID 12685_a007_a00704_8734000141r
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