Goulburn Weir items donated to the National Museum of Australia

Friday 30 August, 2013

Goulburn-Murray Water is donating disused original sections of the iconic Goulburn Weir to the National Museum of Australia, in Canberra.

Goulburn Weir is the first structure ever built in Australia to divert water from a river for irrigation.

The pieces of the weir will be collected from Nagambie on Tuesday 3 September and transported directly to Canberra by several flat-bed trucks.

GMW General Manager Catchment Services Graeme Hannan, said that two of the original piers, one gate and one section of a walkway have been donated to the Museum. The pieces were removed during the Goulburn Weir upgrade in the 1980s.

"The Goulburn Weir has seen over 1-million visitors and even appeared on the Australian half sovereign and 10 shilling bank note. This donation is a chance to secure the iconic history - and future - of Goulburn Weir," Mr Hannan said.

National Museum senior curator Dr Kirsten Wehner, said that the Museum was delighted to accept the donation into the National Historical Collection.

"This collection records the story of both the Goulburn Weir and the broader story of how irrigation and water management shaped Australian agriculture and patterns of settlement," said Dr Wehner.

"The Museum's current feature exhibition, Glorious Days, explores Australia in 1913 - the same year that the weir appeared on the 10 shilling note, Australia's first bank note," said Dr Wehner.

Mr Hannan said transferring the pieces will be a slow process, as the original gate alone is over 8 tonnes and the piers are cast iron filled with concrete.

Goulburn Weir is open and available to the public to visit every day from 8am to 4pm.

For more information visit www.g-mwater.com.au/goulburnweir

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