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WORK on constructing the Cataract Dam, 10kms west of Bulli, was well underway to supply water to a thirsty Sydney in 1905.
A temporary township, with a daily garbage collection service and environmental safeguards well ahead of its time, Cataract City was home to hundreds of dam construction workers and their families from 1902, until the dam’s completion in 1907.
Cataract City was a bustling community of navies, labourers, engineers office workers and their families, living in white-washed tenements, corrugated iron barracks and boarding houses not far from what was at the time Australia’s largest engineering project. With them of course followed enterprising business people, such as butchers and grocers.
Cataract Dam, completed at a cost of $1.3 million in April 1907, was at the time Australia’s first large water supply dam.
The drought of 1901-1902 brought Sydney…
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