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Thread #168402   Message #4078383
Posted By: rich-joy
05-Nov-20 - 06:07 PM
Thread Name: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
Subject: RE: Rise Up Mudcat Songbook - Australia
C.Y.O’Connor, I Wish You Were Here

Carmel Charlton, 2002

Water was scarce, people couldn’t go on
Searching for gold in the blazing sun
Goldfields life was at its worst
Many died from typhoid, some died of thirst,
C Y O’Connor delivered a plan
To build a pipeline through rocks and sand
Helena River would be the start
Where water would flow to the goldfields heart.

Ch.
What would he say if he came back today that great engineer
Having no doubt his plan would work,
C Y O’Connor I wish you were here
To see water pumped from Mundaring Weir.

The longest pipe-line the world had seen
In by gone days it was just a dream
People said it couldn’t be done
But O’Connor and his men proved them wrong,
From Mundaring on through Southern Cross
Reaching the reservoir at Mt Charlotte
Days were long, rewards were few
Some-how they would see it
See it through.

Ch.
What would he say if he came back today that great engineer
Having no doubt his plan would work,
C Y O’Connor I wish you were here
To see water pumped from Mundaring Weir.

Came that memorable day in nineteen hundred and three
When water, clear water flowed endlessly
To O’Connor now we pay our due
He made that goldfields dream
Dream come true.

What would he say if he came back today that great engineer
Having no doubt his plan would work.

A final note made it clear, saying
“Put the wing walls to Helena Weir”
A final note made it clear, saying
“Put the wing walls to Helena Weir"
I wish you were here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv_6NdScCGY : "C.Y. O'Connor, I Wish You Were Here" by Carmel Charlton (who runs a Perth folkclub).


The "Kalgoorlie Pipeline" project (The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme) commenced in 1898 and was completed in January 1903, with the water being successfully pumped from Mundaring Weir in the Darling Ranges near Perth, to the Kalgoorlie/Coolgardie Goldfields, a distance of nearly 600kilometres.

An important story in WA's history; an amazing feat of engineering - and not the only one, in both Australia and New Zealand from the Irishman, Charles Yelverton O'Connor.
Pity he was driven to suicide (in March 1902) before he was proven unquestionably a hero.   More info in Mudcat thread : /mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=48647#4071699

Here is one story of the The Pipeline, : https://www.pipeliner.com.au/2016/03/16/water-pipeline-from-perth-to-kalgoorlie-1894-1903/ AND
"While some sections of the pipeline have been replaced in increments over the decades, more than 300 km of the original pipeline is still in service today." : https://www.pipeliner.com.au/2020/03/01/golden-age-pipeline-set-to-be-replaced/



R-J