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Centennial Park Reservoir WS001

Location: 3R Oxford Street, Centennial Park, NSW 2021

Constructed: 1896-1898

Centennial Park Reservoir No. 1 was the largest covered storage reservoir constructed in Australia at the time it was built and it remains very large even by present-day standards. It is a relic of the early development of the Upper Nepean Water Supply Scheme and the subsequent expansion of water reticulation throughout the suburban areas of Sydney. The reservoir demonstrates exemplary engineering practices at the turn of the century in relation to design, construction methods and manual skills and the exterior of the reservoir has aesthetic qualities which relate to its parkland environment as a local landmark. The level of ornamentation evident in the structure also demonstrates the importance placed upon the appearance of engineering structures in the era in which it was built.

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Name of item: Centennial Park Reservoir WS001
Type of item: Built
Collection: Utilities - Water
Category: Water Supply Reservoir/ Dam
Location: 3R Oxford Street, Centennial Park, NSW 2021
Local Govt: Randwick
Designer: NSW Department of Public Works
Builder: NSW Department of Public Works
Constructed: 1896-1898
Current use: Reservoir
Former use: Reservoir