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Where to find records of men who worked on the Burrinjuck Dam

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on 2011-04-10 19:21:06

lisabelle has been a Family Tree Circles member since Apr 2011. is researching the following names: PLUCKNETT, GRAY, ARMSTRONG and 2 other(s).

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by janilye on 2011-04-10 21:15:14

I don't think there is one. And because of the 1st world war it took 20 years to build. Although it was public works I've never seen a list and I think a lot of sections were sub-contracted. Irishman Sam McCaughey owned all the land there and he started to build it by himself like a lot of Riverina farmers. Then the Govt. put forward a scheme. Maybe try the Yass Library.

by lisabelle on 2011-04-11 04:46:20

Thank you Jan. I will give that a try. I know my Grandfather died in Yass Hospital and is in Yass cemetery.

by janilye on 2011-04-11 04:54:41

Try this. http://www.yasshistory.org.au/

by lisabelle on 2011-04-11 04:59:30

Thank you Jan. I will let you know how I get on.

by truthseeker on 2011-05-25 13:40:37

I'm also interested. My family lived on a farm on the river flats before there was ever a dam and worked there until mid to late 1960's
All old photo's were given away by uncle with dementia ( AAAARRRGGHH) and all old people are now gone.

by lisabelle on 2011-05-25 17:19:18

I have not had much success finding any records. I don't think there were any kept. However I have just sent a Research Enquiry Form to the Yass & District Historical Society so I will let you know if I have any luck there.
The Burrinjuck Dam History website have some wonderful photos of the early days.
I have the same problem with any family who would have known anything no longer here, and I am sure photos have been thrown away.

by lisabelle on 2011-07-14 07:13:34

Yass & District Historical Society Are very helpful with information about Burrinjuck Dam. The electoral roll in the 1930's gives occupation of workers. There does not seem to be any records kept of the names of workers on the dam.

They found the obituary of my grandfather in the Yass Courier dated
6th August, 1936

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