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Chapter 6

I Construction During The Settlement Years

II The Use Of Timber As A Structural Material

III Structural Steel

IV Concrete Technology

V Housing

VI Industrialised Pre-cast Concrete Housing

VII Ports And Harbours

VIII Roads

IX Heavy Foundations

X Bridges

XI Sewerage
i Hydrogen Sulphide (HS) Attack
ii Property Services
iii Sewerage Reticulation

XII Water Engineering

XIII Railways

XIV Major Buildings

XV Airports

XVI Thermal Power Stations

XVII Materials Handling

XVIII Oil Industry

XIX The Snowy Mountains Scheme

XX The Sydney Opera House

XXI The Sydney Harbour Bridge

XXII Hamersley Iron

XXIII North West Shelf

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Sewerage is water-borne human, domestic and industrial waste, which cannot be prevented from arising in some form. It is always objectionable. Sewerage works have to be financed by a politically unpopular tax, rate or levy. The acceptance of this necessity was probably the most difficult step in the establishment of sewerage in the cities of Australia. Inquiries into the sanitary conditions of Sydney and Melbourne may be seen -in relation to those two cities -as defining the initial introduction of technology to the process of sewerage disposal.

Australian sewerage authorities, coming late in the field, had the advantage of being able to select the most appropriate technology from those available overseas. A regular feature of the years of development of the sewerage systems was the visits of leading Australian engineers to Europe and North America. The availability of imported technology has, however, not prevented Australian engineers from adapting and improving it.

People in Bright Sparcs - Robertson, A. G.

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