World War One recruiting meeting, MMBW employees, Melbourne Town Hall, 15 July 1915
PROV, VPRS 8609/P26 Historical Records Collection, Unit 8, PN 1315
Public Record Office Victoria
Like many large organizations of the time the MMBW recruited and lost a significant proportion of its workforce to the Great War.
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.
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