The construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme between 1949 and 1974 still ranks as one of the world's greatest engineering feats. For Australia, it marked a passage from the old world to the new and became a monument to multiculturalism along the way. This is the definitive account of this unique project which was, in the words of Professor Manning Clark, "an inspiration to all who dream dreams about Australia".
The book features over 300 photographs and interviews with hundreds of those who were part of the scheme. The mateship that eventuated, at first reluctantly, between the new and old Australians, was not without cost. The work was often dangerous and the accidents that killed more than 100 men are investigated here in detail. A compelling portrayal of an epic project, this is the timeless story of a nation on the move.
NSW State Literary Award winner.