The Snowy: A History tells the extraordinary story of the mostly migrant workforce who built one of the world’s engineering marvels.
This classic, prize-winning account of the remarkable Snowy Scheme is available again for the 70th anniversary of this epic nation-building project. The Snowy Scheme was an extraordinary engineering feat carried out over twenty-five years from 1949 to 1974, one that drove rivers through tunnels built through the Australian alps, irrigated the dry inland and generated energy for the densely populated east coast.
The Snowy Mountains Scheme was also a site of post-war social engineering that helped create a diverse multicultural nation. Siobhán McHugh’s in-depth interviews with those who were there at the time reveals the human stories of migrant workers, high country locals, politicians and engineers. It also examines the difficult and dangerous aspects of such a major construction in which 121 men lost their lives. Rich and evocative, this sweeping narrative tells stories of love, endurance, tragedy and hard work during a transformative time.
work is the last word on the extraordinary human, industrial, ethnic and social
event of the Snowy River Scheme. The tales of the men and women involved were
more diverse than for any other Australian phenomenon, and Siobhan McHugh
conveys the varied tales of humans spread by it all over the Snowy Mountain
region with a humane historian eye. If you want to have a passing knowledge of
the making of modern Australia, you should read this tale of an era when
Australia dared to have a vision.' — Thomas Keneally