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Burrinjuck Dam Site - Barren Jack Creek Water Supply Dam

Item details

Name of item: Burrinjuck Dam Site - Barren Jack Creek Water Supply Dam
Type of item: Complex / Group
Group/Collection: Utilities - Water
Category: Water Supply Reservoir/ Dam
Location: Lat: -35.0016623521 Long: 148.5842243710
Primary address: , Burrinjuck, NSW 2582
Parish: Childowla
County: Harden
Local govt. area: Yass Valley
Local Aboriginal Land Council: Onerwal
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
 BurrinjuckYass ValleyChildowlaHardenPrimary Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
State WatersState Government 

Statement of significance:

The dam is associated with the construction phase of Burrinjuck Dam. It is a significant link to the community and the temporary township (now submerged under water) established by the NSW Department of Public Works during the construction phase of Burrinjuck Dam. (DLWC S170 Register)
Date significance updated: 06 Dec 00
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Builder/Maker: Department of Public Works
Construction years: 1908-1908
Physical description: The Barren Jack Creek Water Supply Dam was built on Barren Jack Creek close to the temporary settlement of Barren Jack City to facilitate supply of water by gravity from the dam to the settlement.
The dam comprises a thin-walled cylindrical arch reinforced concrete structure built across the creek, with a capacity of impounding 4.5 million gallons of water for use. The dam has been constructed to a radius of 24.384m (80 ft), 12.801m (42 ft) high. The dam wall is 1.752m (5 ft 9 ins) thick at the base and is 0.609m (2 ft) thick at the crest. On the right bank, a waste weir 4.572m (15 ft) wide provides for the escape of surplus water. A pair of steel beam supports, being remnants of a standing platform remain at mid point of the arch wall crest downstream side. Second-hand steel rails were used for reinforcement during the construction of the dam wall (providing about 12.4 kg/m, or 25 lb to the yard) and they appear to have provided adequate supports for the still structurally integral wall. (DLWC S170 Register)
Physical condition and/or
Archaeological potential:
Although the dam has not been used for a long time and appears to have silted up, the dam structure appears to be in good condition. (DLWC S170 Register)
Date condition updated:06 Dec 00


Historical notes: The Barren Jack Creek Water Supply Dam is a minor dam built to provide water supply by gravitation to the temporary settlement of Barren Jack City on a flat adjacent to the river. The settlement of Barren Jack City (later renamed Burrinjuck City) was established by NSW Department of Public Works to house the employees and workers engaged during the construction of Burrinjuck Dam, and was estimated to have a population of up to 2,000.
Barren Jack Creek Water Supply dam was completed on 24th December 1908, at a cost of 918 pounds 4s 6d.
After the completion of Burrinjuck Dam, the settlement was inundated and the water supply dam ceased to be used. It is now not in usee, and as there is no scheduled maintenance program for the structure, it is gradually being silted up. (DLWC S170 Register)

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
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)-
4. Settlement-Building settlements, towns and cities Utilities-Activities associated with the provision of services, especially on a communal basis (none)-

Recommended management:

Conserve and maintain in accordance with the Burra Charter. Further research and investigations recommended. (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 0096002 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - s.170 NSW State agency heritage register     

Study details

TitleYearNumberAuthorInspected byGuidelines used
Land & Water Conservation Section 170 Register199550068-1Heritage 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: 5012119
File number: H00/00368; S95/00332 [S170]

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