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1916

Construction Begins at Chichester Dam

With the Lower Hunter's population growing and the region's water needs increasing, the NSW Government decided to build a dam at the foot of the Barrington Tops on the Chichester River. 

The water captured by Chichester Dam was and remains some of the freshest and cleanest in Australia. The 18 billion litre dam took nine years to build, with over 1,000 workers and their families moving to a makeshift village near the dam site which included a dance hall and even billiards room!

Learn more about Chichester Dam.