On 22/02/2021 17:39, Geoff Brown wrote:
> My guess is that the tramway referenced was the Yan Yean Tramway - a
> freight tramway pulled by horses. It was built about 1854 to move
> materials for the construction of the Yan Yean Reservoir and the
> pipeline from there along St Georges Rd to the Carlton Gardens and the
> city. This tramway ran along St Georges Rd and I reckon it included
> this “very southern end” as well.
> So the model of the SW5 is a furphy.
Agreed Geoff, and judging by the lack of any other response others also
The Yan Yean reservior and pipeline were constructed between 1853 and
1857 and accoring to one source I read it was the largest reservoir in
the world st the time.
The site was chosen because water could be fed to Melbourne entirely by
gravity - not possible from the Yarra.
What is now St Georges Rd was originally called Pipeline Track - and
evidence of the pipeline beneath is still visible.