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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Maroondah Reservoir Pictorial Heritage

Hi there!
I am pleased to announce the publication of my comprehensive Maroondah Reservoir Pictorial Heritage editorial research project.

I'm inviting you to check out this special project, which is now available on-line at

Its articles, stories, images, maps, engravings and videos describe the development and evolution of this magnificent reservoir and its beautiful surroundings, 65 km east of Melbourne, just past the town of Healesville, in the years 1862 until 2011.

Extensive use has been made of information sourced to old Victorian newspapers, using the National Library of Australia's on-line digitization system.

I have always maintained a strong and continuing interest in the Reservoir and its nearby areas, from my first trip there in October 1957.

The Maroondah Forest Park has also been a good location for HF radio monitoring in recent years.

I have included several images of that first visit scanned from my original 35 mm colored slides.

The project is arranged in these Chapters:

  • Historical Timeline
  • The First Weirs 1878-1891
  • Construction 1915 to 1929
  • The Yarra Track
  • The Blacks' Spur
  • Heritage Pictures 1872 to 1926
  • Images of 1957
  • Gallery of 2011
  • Interesting Features
  • Maroondah Reservoir Park
  • Walking Tracks
  • Present day Maps
  • Old Maps
  • References and Bibliography

I would welcome your feedback and reactions on this Project - there is a Guest Book at the site.

I hope you enjoy your tour through time of the Reservoir since its beginnings way back in 1865 - now one of Victoria's most famous tourist attractions within a short distance of Melbourne.

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