Hume Dam was constructed between WW I and WWII and the great depression over a 17 year period between 1919 and 1936.
It was constructed using horses, steam engines and manual labour. About one thousand men worked on the dam and nine lives were lost during construction.
The dam was built for water storage, hydroelectricity and irrigation.
In the 1950s it was extended which meant the old township of Tallangatta was relocated eight kilometres to the west.
When we were exploring the dam and many of the constructions built during this period and earlier I am always greatly impressed with what was achieved in the relatively short period of time using mostly manual labour.