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Millbrook Reservoir
Title : Millbrook Reservoir Millbrook Reservoir
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Date of creation : 1934
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Old Bridge in Millbrook Reservoir usually covered by water but quite clearly shown during a severe drought. The bridge was formerly on the main road to Millbrook before the town site was submerged by the Reservoir.

The construction of the Millbrook Reservoir spanned the years of the First World War from 1914 to 1918. Millbrook was built to control flows in the upper reaches of the River Torrens and provide a reservoir in the Mount Lofty Ranges with sufficient elevation for gravity to supply the eastern suburbs of Adelaide. The reservoir is named after the small town of Millbrook which was situated above the site of the dam wall. Despite stories claiming many of the old buildings of Millbrook still exist beneath the waters, the abandoned buildings in the storage area such as Miss Adey's Private School and the Millbrook Hotel were all demolished and cleared away before filling. However, the old bridge over the Torrens was left intact. During a severe drought in 1955 when the level of the reservoir dropped to a record low, the old bridge became visible for the first time in nearly 40 years.

In the 1970s the nearby small town of Chain of Ponds was also demolished to safeguard against any pollution of the water in the Reservoir. From theSA Water website


Period : 1927-1939
Region : Mt Lofty Ranges and Eastern Plain
Further reading :
Hammerton, Marianne. Water South Australia: a history of the Engineering and Water Supply Department, Netley, S. Aust.: Wakefield Press, 1986
Internet links :
Water storage : SA Water website



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