Monday, July 12, 2010


This film below shows the historical and cultural values of the Cotter Dam precinct. It follows the development of Canberra's water supply from it's beginnings as a low dam in 1912, with water constantly cascading, to the raising of the walls in the 1948 and right through to it's current transformation.

The dam was a showpiece for visitors to the National Capital and an important social venue for the population of an emerging inland city. To my memory our families picnicked, swam, and barbecued and as we became adults the Cotter Tavern became an occasional haunt. The Cotter Tavern unfortunately burnt down as a firestorm swept through the area during the 2003 Canberra bushfires.

Before the video here is a clipping from the Sydney Morning Herald in which Prime Minister Billy Hughes (1862-1952)(bio) is quoted expounding the virtues of the area whilst inspecting the dam in 1922. He saw a big future...

The Sydney Morning Herald - 9 March 1922

National Library of Australia (here)

And the video from the ACTEW corporation:

"Reflections in The Cotter"


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