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Premiere of the Snowy digital story telling project

PortraitPagesToday is the premiere of "Snowy: Stories from former workers and families of the Snowy Mountains Scheme". This is a collection of ten stories of seven ex-workers, two lifelong employees and a child of a Snowy worker that tells their stories of courage, resilience and adventure.

Each offers a unique perspective on what life was like building the Scheme between 1949 and 1974 and then working for Snowy Hydro. These ten former workers and family members overcame significant personal hardships as well as the engineering and construction challenges to build one of the greatest and most complex hydro power systems in the world.

We are proud to have the opportunity to work with these ten wonderful people to bring their stories and experiences to life. We wanted to share their stories of hope in the midst of hardship with the wider community and to remember the sacrifices they made and the adversities they endured as part of their life journey.

Our thanks to each of our ten participants for sharing their stories and trusting us to embark on this project. They are:

  • Carlo Aggio

  • Hans Karman

  • Tim O’Halloran

  • Lumduan Hill

  • Hans Fischer

  • Christa Fischer

  • Dieter Amelung

  • Bruce Elliott

  • Arthur Donelly

  • Denis Woodhams

Watch it now on our YouTube channel

This project was sponsored by Snowy Hydro and completed in partnership with Jenni Savigny from Gen S Stories, PhotoAccess and the National Archives of Australia

We are extremely grateful to Snowy Hydro for believing in us when we shared our idea for this project last year and providing us with $25,000 to fund this project. We have worked together with PhotoAccess and Jenni Savigny on two previous digital storytelling project - Surrender in 2015 and Stories from the Street in 2016.

Jenni is a well-known community artist who gives people the opportunity to have a voice and to be heard on their terms. She has worked with diverse groups of people to give them a voice through digital storytelling projects. We are privileged to work with her and to be supported by the expertise provided by PhotoAccess on this project. 

Special thanks to Sandy Van Der Toorn, who manages all our senior groups for working with the participants and supporting them throughout this project. A special thank to our participant and “Snowy Kid”, Arthur Donelly, who has been assisting Sandy with the care of all our participants in his role as a WCS volunteer.

Watch it now on our YouTube channel

For interview opportunities with the participants and artistic director please contact Mark Devan, Manager Marketing and Communications at 0476 804 565 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Acknowledgement of Country

"Woden Community Service acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners and custodians of this land and their continuing connection to land and community. We also acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have come from other nations to live on Ngunnawal land. We pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders past, present and future."