View Transmission Lines 1955 to 1974 in a larger map.
This interactive map reproduces the map produced by my father. It documents the power lines he worked on through image and text. Click on the towers.

01 June 2013

NWS 9 Television Tower, Mount Lofty Ranges

Marco Nanni recently digitized more photographs including some relating to the NWS 9 Television Tower on Mount Lofty Ranges (Adelaide). The photos were taken by his father, in 1959, the year the tower was built. The photos are available on Marco's Flickr stream at

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Marco also sent a list of the power line projects on which his father worked in the years 1954-1962, so that he could make contact with others who had worked on these projects.

  • 66 Kv Maffra - Bairsdale (Victoria) 
  • 132 Kv Waterfall - MT.Keira (NSW) 
  • 132 Kv Blacktown - Lawson (NSW) 
  • 66 Kv Gundagai - Tumut 
  • 132 Kv TullyFalls - Townsville 
  • 220 Kv Colac-Keilor (Melbourne) 
  • 220 Kv Mt.Beauty - Bendigo 
  • 330 Kv Muswellbrook- Tamworth (Scone) 
  • 275 Kv Port Augusta - Magill (Adelaide) 
  • 132 Kv Port Augusta - Woomera Television tower Mt Lofty Ranges (Adelaide) 
  • 330 Kv-Yass Tumut 

  • 66 Kv Mt.Isa - Clocurry

20 May 2013

Filling in some gaps

Matthew Quomi recently contacted me with some information about the gaps in my recollection of my father's working life. He emailed to say:

I may be able to fill in a few blanks in your father’s story. The first one relates to the question mark around “Culkairn” 1956/57. I have a document that I found under a house in Pymble that apparently lists every project that E.P.T. was involved with from the company’s founding up till 1966. I have found a listing for the Lismore-Koolkhan 132KV wooden pole transmission line that was built for the Northern Rivers County Council in NSW. Culkairn/Koolkhan; what do you think? Does it correspond with his movements?

I may also have an explanation for “Tolmie Gorge” 1968. Tolmie is a place in Victoria where numerous transmission lines were erected, such as the Dederang to South Morang line that your father worked on. I also read that in 1969 he was in Myrtleford NSW, which is in the same area. There are numerous transmission lines that pass through this area and they all they are all associated with the hydroelectric schemes of either New South Wales or Victoria. Obviously E.P.T. would have built the vast majority of them, hence your father’s presence.

I very much appreciate receiving this information as I had not yet made these investigations myself.

Matthew has been researching EPT history in great detail, maintaining the facebook group, sharing stories with the former workers and much more. An impressive photographic archive is developing in the facebook group. I had the pleasure of meeting Matthew for the first time last week in Sydney and was deeply moved by his commitment to salvaging the EPT story as an important part of this country's migration and engineering history.