Snap­shot of the past

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

A pho­to­graph of War­ragul Shire sur­veyor Dick Morgan (left) trav­el­ling to in­spect the hy­dro-elec­tric scheme near Toorongo Falls past Noo­jee, c.1920s.

This pho­to­graph was sup­plied by Dick Morgan’s grand­son John Davies, a res­i­dent of Abbey Gar­dens in War­ragul.

The hy­dro-elec­tric scheme op­er­ated on the banks of the La­trobe River, east of Noo­jee.

War­ragul was lit by gas lights in 1887 but it wasn’t un­til 1922 that the town had elec­tric­ity con­nected.

In 1918, the River La­trobe Hy­dro-Elec­tric Co. Pty Ltd was granted a fran­chise to sup­ply power to the County of Buln Buln. The com­pany was formed by a group of War­ragul busi­ness­men, ini­tially to sup­ply power to many sawmills in the area.

A race six miles long car­ried wa­ter from the Toorongo River to a dam lo­cated on a hill east of the Noo­jee town­ship. The wa­ter trav­elled through pen­stocks to the pow­er­house on the banks of the La­trobe River.

In­for­ma­tion cour­tesy of the War­ragul and District His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

If you have any ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about this pho­to­graph, please con­tact The Gazette on 5623 5666 or ed­i­to­rial@war­ragul gazette.com.au.

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