Warragamba Dam 50th anniversary celebrations

Warragamba Dam 50th anniversary celebrations

The 50th anniversary of Warragamba Dam celebration was held on 17 October 2010. People travelled from across Australia to participate in the event.

The anniversary recognised the wonderful achievements of the dam builders and began with a special ceremony to commemorate their contribution.

During the ceremony, the multicultural workforce responsible for building the dam was celebrated, with a procession of flags carried by children from Warragamba Public School, many of whom are descendents of dam builders themselves.

This was followed by the unveiling of a permanent memorial to honour the men who were killed while working to build the dam.

Throughout the day, more than 15,000 members of the public joined several hundred dam builders to visit the dam and enjoy a wide range of activities.

Music, educational activities and a new interactive Water for Life exhibition provided visitors and children an opportunity to get involved. A mini zoo and water show were also popular attractions.

Dam builders enjoyed a reunion lunch with former workmates, where stories and memories were exchanged by old friends who, in some cases, had not seen each other for 50 years.

Construction work on the dam wall was temporarily stopped for the celebration to allow people to walk across a portion of the dam wall for the first time in 10 years and enjoy the breathtaking views.

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