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Wooden Wicket - Berembed Weir Site

Item details

Name of item: Wooden Wicket - Berembed Weir Site
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Utilities - Water
Category: Weir
Location: Lat: -34.877024540 Long: 146.837077
Primary address: Murrumbidgee River, Grong Grong, NSW 2700
Parish: Brewarrena
County: Mitchell
Local govt. area: Narrandera
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Narrandera
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT1 DP750854


The SHR curtilage boundary is limited to the item itself and does not include the land it is located on or the structure it is housed within. Located within the broader SHR curtilage of Berembed Weir and Site (SHR 957)
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Murrumbidgee RiverGrong GrongNarranderaBrewarrenaMitchellPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Department of Planning and InfrastructureState Government30 Oct 98

Statement of significance:

The wicket is the only one remaining of a set of 55 Chanoine wickets originally incorporated at the Berembed Weir. It is a good representative of the early river flow control system. The iron and timber work of the wicket is a good example of the excellent workmanship by workers at the then government owned Fitzroy Fock. Now used as a memorial, it commemorates the 1977 upgrading of the weir. (DLWC S170 Register)
Date significance updated: 08 Dec 00
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Builder/Maker: Fitzroy Dock, Sydney
Construction years: 1910-1910
Physical description: The wicket on display at the Berembed Picnic Grounds is the only remaining one of a set of 55 wickets originally operated at Berembed Weir. It is mounted on a concrete plinth. A bronze plaque, commemorating the completion of the upgrading of Berembed Weir was unveiled by A.R.L. Gordon, MLA, Minister for Conservation and for Water Resources on 23rd September 1977, and is mounted on the wicket.
The wicket measures 901mm (2' 11.5"")wide, and is made of 6 tallow-wood planks 7602mm (3") thick at the top and 152mm (6") at the bottom. The planks are bolted togetherand strongly braced, supported at the back by a trestle and a wrought iron spurbrace working in a cast-iron "hurter" or support. (DLWC S170 Register)
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
The wicket on display is showing signs of environmental degradation with the timber sections at the base suffering from rot. (DLWC S170 Register)
Date condition updated:08 Dec 00
Modifications and dates: 1976-7


Historical notes: The wooden wicket (or shutter) was one of a set of 55 collapsible Chanoine wickets originally incorporated in Berembed Weir. Berembed Weir was part of the scheme launched under Barren Jack and Murrumbidgee Canals Construction Act 1906. The wickets at Berembed Weir were the first weir gate regulators downstream from Burrinjuck Dam, anmd constituted a manual system of controlling the river flows and water supply to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Areas.
The whole of the iron and timber work for these wickets was constructed in 1910 at the Fitzroy Dock in Sydney. The workmanship and cost received commendations from the then Chief Engineer, L.A.B. Wade. The wickets were manually manipulated from a punt morred upstream of the weir. The wickets continued to be in operation until 1977 when they were replaced by an automated weir system.
One of the wickets, after its removal, was incorporated into a memorial in the Berembed Picnic Grounds commemorating the upgrading of the weir in 1977. (DLWC S170 Register)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Agriculture-Activities relating to the cultivation and rearing of plant and animal species, usually for commercial purposes, can include aquaculture (none)-
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Technology-Activities and processes associated with the knowledge or use of mechanical arts and applied sciences (none)-

Recommended management:

Retain and conserve the wicket at the Berembed Weir site. Repair/replace the rotted timber sections at the base of the wicket according to material conservator's advice. The timber should be coated with a timber preservative. Periodiodical maintenance is required. (DLWC S170 Register)

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Notice of Order Under Section 57 (2) of the Heritage Act 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to subsection 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:

1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government Gazette on 22 February 2008; and

2. grant standard exemptions from subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule attached.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 11 July 2008

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Sep 5 2008

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register 0096802 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Land & Water Conservation Section 170 Register199550046-A001Heritage Group: State Projects  No

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5012040
File number: H00/00366; S95/00332 [S170]

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