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Busby's Bore

General Information

Beginning of works: 1827
Completion: 1837
Status: out of service

Project Type

Structure: Tunnel
Function / usage: Water supply tunnel

Location

Location: , ,

Technical Information

Dimensions

height ø 1.8 m ; max. 3 m
length 3.42 km

Quantities

volume of extracted material 7 500 m³

Materials

tunnel structure masonry

Chronology

1827

Work started at Hyde Park.

1830

First water from springs encountered.

1833

Pipes from Hyde Park to supply shipping.

1837

Tunnel completed:1.5 -1.8 megalitres/day to water carts.

1844

General pipe reticulation.

1872

Refurbishment and cleanout of tunnel: 6 megalitres/day.

1890

Superseded by other schemes.

1902

Botanic Gardens supply only.

1934

Oxford Street section backfilled with sand.

2004

Proposal to reactivate Bore to supply city parks and gardens.

2006

State government of New South Wales allocates funds for restoration of the Bore to supply parks of Sydney central business district.

Notes

The tunnel is unlined through sanstone, lined with masonry when through sand.

The second water supply for Sydney after pollution of the Tank Stream.

National Engineering Landmark of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.

Participants

Engineering

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  • Structure-ID
    20012450
  • Date created
    11/07/2004
  • Last Update
    29/07/2014