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Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

1/ The Waddamana Power Station Museum is in central Tasmania. The entrance to the power station museum shows a classic, post Victorian style.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

2/ The Waddamana Power Station is a large structure. Its turbines were fed by water falling down huge pipes from the Great Lake far beyond the hill to the right.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

3/ These giant pipes once brought water to the huge turbines in the Waddamana Power Station from the Great Lake about 20 kilometres to the North.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

4/ As you enter the office at Waddamana, are you are greeted by these 1950s paintings of the then young Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip. Pictures like these were popular in government buildings at this time.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

5/ The office was outfitted, as it was in the 1920s. It was interesting to see all these old machines in their original business environment.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

6/ The engineers' office showed a model engineer in a classic 1920s outfit. Note the extensive use of wood paneling, which really dated this building.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

7/ As you walked into the shed, you are confronted by these rows of giant turbines. The control station was in the enclosed, wooden balcony to the right. It must have been very noisy in the shed.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

8/ The turbines of Waddamana have been restored to their original appearance. They ceased operating in 1965.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

9/ This "runner" has had its guard removed to reveal its full mechanical appearance.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

10/ This turbine has also had its guard removed to show how it was moved by falling water.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

11/ This ancient, sexist poster advertised the safety advantages in using a wheel barrow.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

12/ This diorama showed how water from the Great Lake was used to power the turbines at Waddamana. This makes the relationship between the lakes and the hydro station very clear.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

13/ From this balcony you gained a great view of the turbines of Waddamana. To the left were displays of ancient household machines that used the new electricity.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

14/ This stove brought back tears of nostalgia, as my mother had one in the 1950s. She told me many times what an improvement it was from the older wood stove.

Waddamana Power Station Museum in Central Tasmania

15/ In this display are an electric sewing machine and a radio. The radio brought the World into your home and the electric sewing machine was a tremendous time saver.

 

Waddamana settlement in central Tasmania

1/ Just south of the Waddamana Power Station is a small hamlet that once housed the workers and their families. All the houses were built in the 1920s, so walking amongst them was a time warp experience.

Waddamana settlement in central Tasmania

2/ These larger houses probably once housed the richer engineers of Waddamana. There were only a few of them.

Waddamana settlement in central Tasmania

3/ These more modest houses once housed the workers. There were many houses like these.

Waddamana settlement in central Tasmania

4/ This house were probably the home of a more successful worker, as a balcony was later added.

Waddamana settlement in central Tasmania

5/ This empty area once held many portable houses according to the old photos of Waddamana.

Waddamana settlement in central Tasmania

6/ This large house most probably belonged to the manager. It was the only one of its kind in the Waddamana hamlet. It was larger and had more features.

Waddamana settlement in central Tasmania

7/ It was easy to imagine the workers playing football and cricket on this oval at Waddamana. Looking down on them were the peaks of the misty mountains.

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