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Picture relating to Somerset Dam - titled 'Substation, compressor plant and workshop buildings at the construction site, Somerset Dam, 1937'
Picture relating to Somerset Dam - titled 'Compressor plant at the dam construction site, Somerset Dam, 1937'
Picture relating to Somerset Dam - titled 'Electric crane loading a side frame of a jaw crusher, Somerset Dam, 1937'
Picture relating to Somerset Dam - titled 'Engineer's workshop located at the dam construction site, Somerset Dam, 1937'
Picture relating to Somerset Dam - titled 'Township viewed from near the sand dump during the construction of the Somerset Dam, 1937'
Picture relating to Somerset Dam - titled 'Home of the Resident Engineer as seen from the tennis court, Somerset Dam, 1937'
Picture relating to Somerset Dam - titled 'Township viewed from the Spoil Bank, Somerset Dam, 1937'
Picture relating to Somerset Dam - titled 'Township built to accommodate construction workers, Somerset Dam, 1937'
Picture relating to Somerset Dam - titled 'Meteorological Station, Somerset Dam, 1937'
Picture relating to Somerset Dam - titled 'Head Towers for the Somerset Dam, 1937'

Substation, compressor plant and workshop buildings at the construction site, Somerset Dam, 1937

contributed by QldPics, taken in 1937
(contact QldPics about this picture)

Somerset Dam was constructed between 1935 and 1959, with works being suspended for six years due to World War II. The dam is situated on the Stanley River and is approximately 220km upstream from the mouth of the Brisbane River. The adjacent township is named after it, and was the site of the original workers camp. The dam itself was named after local grazier Henry Plantagenet Somerset, M.L.A. for Stanley in the Queensland Parliament from 1904 - 1920. (Information taken from: Esk Shire Council database, 2000, retrieved 17 March 2006, from < large workshop buildings are featured, all with large swing doors opening onto loading docks. A small locomotive engine and some cars are parked in front of the buildings.</p>