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Public exhibition - 100 years of Hydro

Saturday, November 8, 2014 to Saturday, March 31, 2018

100 Years of Hydro is a travelling public exhibition that tells the story of the past one hundred years, from construction of the first power station, Waddamana, to the novel technologies being used today. 

The story of the Hydro is the story of social change in Tasmania.

Through the electricity generated by hydropower, the State’s manufacturing and agriculture industries have flourished; Hydro people built roads and created villages where none previously existed; the migrant workforce recruited to work on power schemes shaped Tasmania’s culture; and our engineering and technological breakthroughs have changed the way the world approaches the challenge of generating energy.

The business was created by ordinary people doing extraordinary things that have changed the way we live and contributed to development of Tasmania’s identity.

Housed largely within a 40ft custom-designed container as well as external industrial frames, this dynamic, audio-visual exhibition portrays the past, present and possible future of the Hydro.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see historical photos and artefacts, learn about Tasmania’s world famous hydropower system, and discover the fascinating stories of the people who built the business.

During the centenary celebrations in 2014 the 100 Years of Hydro exhibition travelled to Launceston, Queenstown and Hobart before being located at historic Tarraleah where it will remain for some time to come. Admission to the exhibition is free.


Tarraleah, central Tasmania. Next to the Highland Store and Reception building. Find out more about Tarraleah.

Opening hours:

October to May: daily from 9am - 5pm

June to September: Weekends and public holidays from 10am - 4pm


If you have any questions about visiting the exhibition at Tarraleah please call 03 6289 0111.

For general enquiries about the exhibition please email