Portraits of volunteers from the MMBW who served and lost their lives in the Great War
PROV, VPRS 8609/P26 Historical Records Collection, Unit 8, PN 1303
Public Record Office Victoria
Like many large organizations of the time the MMBW lost a significant proportion of its workforce to the Great War, paying its respects in the form of photographic montages as seen here.
In 1891, the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) was formed to manage Melbourne's water supply system. Its responsibility covered the Yan Yean Reservoir (supplemented by the Toorourrong Scheme), the first stage of the Maroondah Scheme and six metropolitan service reservoirs.
Immediately after its formation the MMBW began plans to build an underground drainage system linked to a pumping station at Spotswood, located on the western banks of the mouth of the Yarra River. The sewage flowed by gravity to Spotswood, where it was then pumped to the Werribee Treatment Farm.
For more information about the series from which this image originates visit: the PROV catalogue