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Yan Yean Reservoir

Join this Vicfix campaign to trace the construction of Melbourne's first reservoir

Vicfix is improving the searchability of digitised newspaper articles and making the hidden details of Victoria's rich history available for everyone.

About Yan Yean Reservoir

Yan Yean is Melbourne's oldest reservoir, supplying the city with its first water supply. Construction began in 1853, when Victoria's gold rush was in full flight. When completed in 1857, it was the world's largest artificial reservoir and Australia's first major dam. Sourced from the Plenty River, a tributary of the Yarra, Yan Yean is still one of Melbourne's major suppliers of water today.

Historical Victorian newspaper articles describe not only the engineering underpinning the reservoir's construction but also the picnics and social events hosted there over the decades.

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Yan Yean Reservoir

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