Water for a droughted metropolis: The early twentieth century scheme to supply water to Brisbane from Stradbroke Island

Stubbs, B. J. and Specht, A. (2011) Water for a droughted metropolis: The early twentieth century scheme to supply water to Brisbane from Stradbroke Island. Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 117 11-20.

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Author Stubbs, B. J.
Specht, A.
Title Water for a droughted metropolis: The early twentieth century scheme to supply water to Brisbane from Stradbroke Island
Journal name Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0080-469X
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 117
Start page 11
End page 20
Total pages 10
Editor A. H. Arthington
T. J. Page
C. W. Rose
S. Raghu
Place of publication St. Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher Royal Society of Queensland
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Drought in the earliest years of the twentieth century stimulated much discussion in Brisbane about the quality of the water supplied to the rapidly growing city. One of the various schemes developed by the Board of Waterworks to obtain better water was the Stradbroke Island Scheme. Although not adopted, its consideration required the close examination of the island’s topographic and hydrological features, including an exhaustive survey of the island by Herbert W. Lethem, completed early in 1903. His detailed map and report, together with reports by others such as Board engineers H. G. Foster-Barham (1901) and J. Kemp (1906), and American expert A. Hazen (1907), provide a signifi cant body of scientifi c knowledge of Stradbroke Island. These records portray the island long before the beginning of mineral sand mining (1940s) and municipal water extraction (1990s). This paper is an historical account of the Stradbroke Island Scheme and an assessment of its legacy.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published under "Water & Sand". Special issue: "A Place of Sandhills: Ecology, Hydrogeomorphology and Management of Queensland’s Dune Islands".

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