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04 April - Derby Tasmina,only dam-burst in Australia history

Unread postby Max ADU » Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:44 pm

Today in Australian History
Thursday, April 4, 1929.


The only dam-burst in Australia's history to cause loss of life occurs in Tasmania.

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Derby is an historic tin-mining town in the north eastern region of Tasmania.

The town was built following the discovery of tin in the region in 1874-5.

To service the towns of the northeast and the tin mines, two dams were constructed: the Frome in 1908 and the Briseis in 1926.

Early in April 1929, heavy rainfalls of 450mm saturated the catchment above the Briseis Dam. On 4 April 1929, another 125mm was dumped in the space of an hour and a half.


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The deluge broke the dam, sending a wall of water down into the valley, which swamped Derby and the Briseis Dam. Fourteen people were killed in the only dam-burst in Australia's history to date to cause loss of life. The final body was recovered early in May.

A coroner's inquest concluded that no blame for the deaths could be attached to the Briseis Company, either in the construction of the dam, or in the safety standards of the tin mine.
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Re: 04 April - Derby Tasmina,only dam-burst in Australia history

Unread postby Max ADU » Mon Apr 06, 2015 12:10 am

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