Tank stands at Barambah Aboriginal Settlement c1918

1918 — A water system is installed. Untreated water is pumped from Barambah Creek into two elevated tanks and distributed to the hospital, dormitories, officials’ residences and a few of the inmate’s cottages. Prior to this, water was brought from the creek in buckets and stored in drums.


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