Baron Falls hydro-electric power station - Kuranda - QLD - Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member CADS11
S 16° 50.209 E 145° 38.637
55K E 355522 N 8138001
Quick Description: hydro-electric power station built in the early 1930s
Location: Queensland, Australia
Date Posted: 12/16/2019 9:43:41 AM
Waymark Code: WM11TEQ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Grahame Cookie
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Long Description:
The two concrete dams above Barron Falls were part of an earlier, smaller hydro-electric power station built in the early 1930s.

The old power station was located on the opposite side of the river, below the falls. Its construction was a huge undertaking as it was subject to major flooding, and was as built during the Depression. This power station supplied power to Cairns and surrounds for almost three decades.

During construction a worker's camp was set up across the river and a trestle bridge was errected for access and transfer of flood supplies. Up to 105 men on the project at on time. It was a formidable task; workers faced numerous rock falls as they carved their way into the mountains to accommodate the power station.
In 1963, the power station was relocated downstream to its present site near the base of the gorge and is now called the Barron Gorge Hydro. The old station is no longer accessible.
Age/Event Date: 1930, 1963

Type of Historic Marker: Plaque only

Type of Historic Marker if other: Not listed

Related Website: Not listed

Historic Resources.: Not listed

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