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Photograph - A.U. Alcock Electric Power Co, Rear of Burnley Street Power Station, Richmond, Victoria, 1899 Image Reg. No: MM 121000

Part of a large photographic collection of glass plate and film negatives, photographic prints and photo albums, relating to the development of the electric power supply industry in Victoria, operated by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) from 1919 to 1993 and various predecessor private and municipal power supply enterprises dating back to the late 1880s.
Sepia toned black & white silver gelatin photographic print.
Description Of Content:
Rear view of the A.U. Alcock Electric & Motive Power Company Power Station in Neptune Street, Richmond. Facing Neptune Street is a large single-gable building measuing 100 ft long x 65 ft wide (30.5 m x 19.8 m), built on a bench at the edge of a fomer quarry hole. This building which contained the engine room and generators has a substantial brick facade (facing Neptune Street) and brick side-walls, with a corrugated galvanised-iron clad rear wall and roof. A raised ridge ventilator extends along the entire length of the roof. Condensers and boilers were situated in the basement of the building below street level, with the steam engines and electrical equipment comprising generators and switchboards on the floor above. Behind the engine house is a large octagonal brick chimney standing over 150 ft (45 m) high on a substantial square brick base. At the base of the chimney is a smaller corrugated-iron clad single-gabled building, measuring 38 ft x 70 ft (11.6 m x 21.3 m), which probably housed the steam boilers and a workshop. In the foreground is a deep partially flooded quarry hole that extended back to Burnley Street. It was used as a souce of cooling water for the power station's steam condensers. A pump suction pipe can be seen in the corner of the quarry hole closest to the power station.

Small workers' cottages can be seen in the background on the far side of Neptune Street.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Public Record Office Victoria (PROV)
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 205 mm (Height), 115 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: electric power generation, electric power distribution, electric power stations, engine houses, electric power poles, electric power wires, chimneys, quarries
Themes this item is part of: Engineering Collection, State Electricity Commission of Victoria (SECV) Collection
Primary Classification: ENERGY TECHNOLOGY
Secondary Classification: Electric Power - Generation
Tertiary Classification: power stations
Inscriptions: Handwritten in black ink on album page below photograph: 'Alcock & Co. 1899.'
Format: Photograph: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 1899
Organisation Depicted: A.U. Alcock Electric Light & Motive Power Co. Ltd Burnley Street Power Station, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, 1899

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