Road Covers

As we today celebrate our 172nd birthday, we can look around at some of Melbourne’s history, from the Enterprize to Federation Square. Instead of looking up at the Eureka Tower or the Rialto, look down to your feet as a telling bit of history lies there in the road covers.

G & FC
Gas & Fuel Corporation
Formerly called the Metropolitan Gas Company, the company was formed in 1850 for the purpose of supplying gas to illuminate buildings in Melbourne.

In July 1997 the Gas and Fuel Corporation was disaggregated into three divisions: gas distributor and retail companies, a gas transmission company and an independent Market Operator, VENCorp. The distribution, retail and transmission companies were subsequently privatised by the Kennett Government. link

Melbourne Metropolitan Board of Works
Melbourne’s piped water supply commenced operation in 1857, with the completion of Yan Yean Reservoir, adjacent to the Plenty River. In 1891, the newly-formed Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works became responsible for Melbourne’s water supply system. In 1991, the Melbourne and Metropolitan Board of Works was merged with a number of smaller urban water authorities to form Melbourne Water. link

Amalgamated Wireless
In 1913 an amalgamation took place between Marconi’s Wireless Telegraph Co. Ltd and the Australian Wireless Company. This merger formed Amalgamated Wireless (Australasia) Ltd. The new company operated until 1988, when it became AWA Limited. link

See more of these on Flickr from Woowoowoo (or just look down next time you walk outside).

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1 Comment so far

  1. Cat (unregistered) on August 31st, 2007 @ 10:57 am

    I enjoy blogs about Melbourne’s history, thanks for this one.

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