Just when V and I thought we have been to every place within reasonable driving distance from Perth worth visiting, we discovered this beautiful spot, the Mundaring Weir, just 40 kilometres out of Perth on a weekend trip with our friends Puneeta and Deepinder.
While enjoying the mesmerizing view, we learnt about its history too. The weir was the start of a water pipeline which distributed water to agricultural towns in the wheatbelt area, spanning 700 kilometres in all. It was the brainchild of an Irishman Charles Yelverton O’Connor, who initiated the plans for its construction in 1895. Originally dubbed “a scheme of madness”, the plans were fiercely opposed in Parliament and the approval wasn’t granted until 1898. Even after construction started, O’Connor became a victim of vicious campaigns and criticism that led him to take his own life in March 1902. Had he been able to withstand the pressure for another year, he would have seen the Mundaring Weir completed and how the water scheme changed Western Australia forever. Instead, the world lost an engineering mastermind.
Going to places we’ve never been, and gaining new knowledge and experiences have always been a passion V and I share. That’s why we grabbed the opportunity to live and work in Perth and both of us can’t be happier for how it’s turned out. We’re at the end of this leg of our journey though and we are currently scheduled to leave Perth at the end of the month. There are definitely bittersweet feelings as Perth has been our home for the past one and a half year, but we’re deeply grateful for the experience and excited to find out where work will take us next.
Photos by Arnold Hozana