Here is a collection of stories and photos recently added to the timeline by members of the public and Hydro Tasmania.

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Alex Beluch’s Story

My grandfather (Alojzy Beluch) was born in Lesko, Poland in 1912, and migrated to Tasmanian in 1948 to work on the Hydro Electric schemes. He was one of many thousands of Polish men who arrived in Australia Post World War Two.

Alojzy...Find out more

My life in Hydro Villages - Nancy DaRos (Belchambers)

In 1941 our family moved to Butlers Gorge and took up residence in one of the new houses being built for the workers.  From the outside they were not particularly attractive but inside we had 3 bedrooms, lounge, kitchen, bathroom and inside...Find out more

Viv Belchambers: 1939-1964

In 1938/39 the second world war was gaining momentum and the H.E.C. was finding it more difficult to find tradesmen for the new dam at Butlers Gorge.  As my father was an experienced diamond driller in Western Australia, his application was...Find out more

Tarraleah the early years

William and Sarah Rushton with their five sons John (Jack), Walter, Stephen, George, Bert, purchased a property in Dover in 1926. In1934 Walter and Steve heard about the new Labour Government’s approval of the Nive river scheme and after a...Find out more

Tarraleah in the 1930’s

The work provided by the Hydro Electric Power development at Tarraleah and surrounding areas employed hundreds of people during the 1930’s when the depression was being experienced by many Australians.

My parents were Reg and Rita Maddock...Find out more

James Park's story

My father James Park (known as Jim) began working with the Hydro in 1941 in the hydrology section.  In 1948 the family (wife and 5 children) moved to Melbourne where my father worked with the Rivers and Water Supply.


In 1950, a...Find out more

Mim Lewis's Recollections of Waddamana (1952-1953)

Allan and Mim Lewis arrived in Waddamana from Adelaide, South Australia in the summer of 1952 in order for Allan to take up the job of shift engineer at the hydroelectric power station there.

We were provided with a three-bedroom home...Find out more

A Hydro Girl at Heart

22 years is a long time to work somewhere. You could say that I grew up with Hydro Tasmania in my blood.

My father, Geoff Apted, worked on construction at Meadowbank Dam in the late sixties.

As a family we moved to Strathgordon when I...Find out more

A sad memory

The day that stands out in my memory most takes me back to 1983. At the time I was stationed at Tullah as Project Manager for the work that was being carried on the West Coast. The initial work was underway for the Gordon below Franklin Dam and a...Find out more

John Gyselman's time at Trevallyn

Johannes (John) Gyselman - HEC 1954 – 1958

As with many migrants from war torn European countries my Dutch parents were married in 1950 and emigrated to Australia in 1951. On arrival they were placed at the Bathurst Migrant Centre, NSW...Find out more