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Defining Moments: Snowy Mountains Hydro

Between 1949 and 1974 the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme was built. See this defining moment in Australia’s history brought to life, as written by historian David Hunt.


1. What was the 'The Snowy' project and what were the reasons for its creation?

2. How was the Australian government able to get involved in what what were usually state government responsibilities?

3. The narrator says that 'The Snowy' project 'was the cradle of a multicultural Australia'. What does he mean by this and do you agree with him?