Australia’s greatest engineering project, the Snowy ountains Hydro-Electric Development, was commenced officially on the 17th October 1949. The site of thsi scheme lies on the South Eastern corner of Australia, amid the Australian Alps better known as the Snowy Mountains. The onstruction of dams and power egneration facilities in such challenging terrain required huge ingenuity and amongst the snow, a sure footed vehicle to transport personnel and equipment. In 1949, what better environment could there be for the new Land-Rover…

To learn more about the Snowy Mountain Project, please read this article submitted by David Pile – The Great Snowy Mountains Project

The Land-Rover and Great Snowy Mountains Project

An 80″ helping build an access road. Photo taken around 1952

One of the tunnel Land-Rover’s used on rails

Badge from Grenville motors on near side wing

Accident damaged 80″ – the brake hose banjo fitting seems to have detached from the wheel cylinder.

Accident damaged 80″ again

Tickford with snow chains.

Engineers camp at Tumut Dam, 1952, with Tickfords present.

This vehicle may be a New South Wales Dept of Public works 1948 model or a Dept of Interior 1949 model. The earliest vehicles the Snowy Authority had were very early 1950 models.

Snowy Mountain Authority 1950 model. The first ones they had were very early 061’s

Snowy 80″ Fire engine

Two more Tickfords

Another Snowy Tickford

In the 1950’s a number of Tickford wagonswere available for management to use

80″ Fire engine

Polo Flat Stores 1951

Mr Hill, Snowy Mountains Scheme, June 1951

Construction of Access Road – 1952

Snow covered houses in Cabramurra with SWB Station Wagons and other SMHEA vehicles

Antar Road Train hauling equipment with Land Rover Station Wagon in convoy