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    Land Rovers during the Snowy Scheme

    I found this searching for info on the Snowy Scheme, because of an article in the 4WD Touring mag. which says Les Thiess, a contractor on the scheme, imported Toyota Land Cruisers to work on the site. Now I know the first Land cruiser arrived in Australia in 1958. The article says " as the work got harder, the vehicles got harder". That's a laugh, when the work started, there were no roads, no Toyotas, only Land Rovers. It's amazing how history can be twisted to suit some ones agenda. Bob


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    If you stop in at the excellent Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre at Cooma, there are plenty of pics of Land Rovers used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob10 View Post
    I found this searching for info on the Snowy Scheme, because of an article in the 4WD Touring mag. which says Les Thiess, a contractor on the scheme, imported Toyota Land Cruisers to work on the site. Now I know the first Land cruiser arrived in Australia in 1958. The article says " as the work got harder, the vehicles got harder". That's a laugh, when the work started, there were no roads, no Toyotas, only Land Rovers. It's amazing how history can be twisted to suit some ones agenda. Bob
    You had to get me started didn't you Bob.

    The truth is that only Thiess Contracting used Toyota's in the late 1950s and into the 1960s while the SMHEC/SMHEA, NSW Electricity Commission, NSW State Forestry and the contractor Kaiser-Walsh-Perini-Raymond were using Land Rovers. In fact SMHEA were still using Land Rovers at the end on construction.

    The Land Cruiser's big engine was useful but it's lack of a 4 speed gearbox was a big disadvantage.











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    Who has seen snow like that at Smiggins lately

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob10 View Post
    I found this searching for info on the Snowy Scheme, because of an article in the 4WD Touring mag. which says Les Thiess, a contractor on the scheme, imported Toyota Land Cruisers to work on the site. Now I know the first Land cruiser arrived in Australia in 1958. The article says " as the work got harder, the vehicles got harder". That's a laugh, when the work started, there were no roads, no Toyotas, only Land Rovers. It's amazing how history can be twisted to suit some ones agenda. Bob


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    From memory, the first Landy arrived about 1949 (??) and there were thousands of them after that, including those bought by the NPWS, fire services and others, while the first Toyota didn't arrive until the late 50s and it didn't even have low range. Don't quote me on the years, but it was something like that. The Toyotas were late arrivals and minor players.
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    The first vehicle mentioned as being delivered to the Snowy Scheme is R06101169 for the Dept. of Workers Housing,(for Snowy Mountains Hydro Electricity Authority.) on 25/11/1949

    There were many earlier vehicles sold to NSW Public Works and the Commonwealth Dept of Supply and NSW Forestry but we don't have any records for them being used on the Snowy Scheme.

    We believe this was the first Landy used on the Scheme because of its colour, (and the 1950 date of the image) but don't have an identity for it.



    It is the light green colour so is either an early 1949 or a 1948 vehicle. We know that identified SMHydro ones were deep bronze green because of their chassis numbers.

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    As a civil engineer and Land Rover fanatic these are gold to me!

    Thanks for posting!

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    The images come from the National Archive of Australia and are all listed as Copyright expired. If you check the image details, the NAA title has been abbreviated and contains the image number.

    There are many thousands of images of the scheme accessible online.

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