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Drawing - 'Workers Room, Mt Beauty', David Armfield, 1954 Reg. No: SH 901552
- Drawing by David Armfield, 1954. The drawing depicts a workers room at Mt Beauty. Mt Beauty housed many workers and their families during the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. David Armfield (born 1923) was part of the Australian Social Realist Art Movement, this drawing remained in his possession until exhibited at Social Realists Exhibition at the Melbourne Contemporary Art Gallery in July 1990.
The Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme began in July 1949 when the Commonwealth Parliament passed The Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Power Act 1949, which established the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Authority, the operating body of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. Construction started on 17 October 1949, when the Governor-General, Sir William McKell, Prime Minister Ben Chifley and William Hudson fired the first blast at Adaminaby. It took 25 years to build and over 100,000 people (two thirds were immigrants) from more than 30 countries worked on the Scheme during its construction. Completed in 1974 it cost $820 million and contains sixteen major dams, seven major power stations (two underground), a pumping station, 145kms of inter-connected trans-mountain tunnels and 80kms of aqueducts.
- Raw wooden framed pen and ink drawing of a worker's room at Mt. Beauty during construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. Shows boots, bed, stool, table, mug, louver window.
- Description Of Content:
- Drawing - Worker's Room, Mt Beauty
|Dimensions:||53.50 cm (Height), 42.00 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||art, working life, immigration, migration settlement, hydro energy, water power, hydro electric schemes, electrical industry|
|Themes this item is part of:||David Armfield, Painter, Illustrator & Printmaker (1923-2010), Domestic & Community Life Collection, Migration Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection|
|Primary Classification:||ART & CRAFT|
|Tertiary Classification:||pen & ink|
|Inscriptions:||Signed: D. Armfield. Inscribed reverse: 6.|
|Artist:||Mr David Armfield, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1954|
|Place & Date Used:||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1954-1990
The drawing remained in the possession of the artist until exhibited in July 1990
|Place & Date Exhibited:||Melbourne Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Jul 1990|
|Place & Date Depicted:||Mount Beauty, Victoria, Australia, 1950s|