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Victoria Reservoir (fmr)


Shire of Kalamunda

Place Number

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Masonmill Rd Carmel

Location Details

Local Government




Construction Date

Constructed from 1891

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
State Register Registered 07 Dec 2007 Register Entry
Assessment Documentation
Heritage Council

Heritage Council Decisions and Deliberations

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 01 Aug 2013 Category 1

Category 1

The place should be retained and conserved unless there is no feasible and prudent alternative to doing so. Any alterations or extensions should reinforce the significance of the place and be in accordance with a Conservation Plan (if one exists for the place).

Physical Description

The present dam was constructed in the early 1900s, just upstream from the original dam on the Darling Scarp. The new dam was the first to use roller compact concrete in its construction. Today the dam sits within National Park with walkways to the dam, around it and across the high retaining wall. The remaining section of the original dam is lower down the scarp close to the processing plant.


Water storage schemes, technology

1891 (orig. dam)
1991 (new dam)


Level of Integrity - High; Level of Authenticity - High


Good Victoria Reservoir was completed in 1891 and was Perth’s first permanent public water supply. The demand for a reliable water source became more imperative following the completion of the Zig Zag railway line to the hills in 1891. The reservoir was constructed by private contractor Edward Keane in association with Melbourne based firm Neil McNeil and Co. The fully arched gravity wall construction was built by manual labour and opened in October 1891 by a party of dignitaries led by Alexander Forrest, Mayor of Perth. Mrs Lila Keane, wife of Edward Keane, turned the valve to supply Perth with its reticulated water. Almost immediately there were problems with the quality and quantity of water from the Victoria Reservoir. Problems that were exacerbated by the increasing population in Perth as a result of the gold boom of the 1890s. The dam structure was repaired in 1912 and in 1939 the right spillway was closed off. Major renovations were undertaken in 1966 but the quality and size of the dam wall construction led to the decision in 1989 to replace the dam wall. The first water was stored in the new Victoria Dam during the 1991 winter, the system coming ‘on-line’ in November 1991. A plaque on the site records an official opening by the Minister for Water Resources, Ernie Bridge, MLA, on 22 November 1991. Also in attendance was Victoria Williams, the great-great-grand- daughter of Lila Keane, who performed the original opening ceremony in 1891. The remnants of the original wall are still in situ approximately 500 metres downstream of the new dam wall.


Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
ALK, p.44;
LSC No.s: 304, 1025, 1026, 1073; Photographs WA Water Coproration
LSC - pamphletts

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
7592 Mason & Bird Heritage Trail : retracing one of Western Australia's oldest timber routes. Brochure 1988
9984 Perth's early water supplies. Australian Heritage Engineering Record. Book 1984

Place Type

Historic site


Epoch General Specific
Present Use GOVERNMENTAL Reservoir or Dam
Original Use GOVERNMENTAL Reservoir or Dam

Architectural Styles

Other Style

Construction Materials

Type General Specific
Wall CONCRETE Other Concrete

Historic Themes

General Specific
SOCIAL & CIVIC ACTIVITIES Community services & utilities
OUTSIDE INFLUENCES Water, power, major t'port routes

Creation Date

11 Oct 1994

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Last Update

04 Jan 2017


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