A project from the National Trust of WA
A self-guided drive trail between the Perth Hills and Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields. Go with the Flow. Follow the water to discover more about the audacious goldfields water supply scheme and Engineer CY O’Connor.
“Future generations, I am quite certain will think of us and bless us for our far seeing patriotism, and it will be said of us, as Isaiah said of old, ‘They made a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert”
William Reynoldson (1870-1942) was Acting Chief Engineer-in-Charge of the Coolgardie Water Supply Scheme after Hodgson’s resignation and was responsible for the successful completion of its construction.
From 1903 he was Chief Engineer of the Goldfields Water Supply Administration during its important first decade. He was responsible for establishing an organisation for the long term maintenance of the pipeline.
During his tenure the first serious leakage problems became evident and he formed a committee of people with metallurgical, chemical and corrosion expertise to study the problem and seek international advice when necessary.
By Richard Hartley, author of River of Steel, and Don Young, both of Engineering Heritage WA
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