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Constructing Australia


Pipe Dreams is the epic historical story of the 19th century construction of the longest water pipeline in the world - the Perth to Coolgardie Water Scheme. A scheme that is still regarded as one of the great engineering marvels. While revealing the drama of this fantastic feat, Pipe Dreams focuses on the dynamic, intense working relationship between John Forrest, the larger than life Premier and the visionary Irish-born Charles Yelverton O'Connor who as Chief Engineer of Western Australia oversaw the construction of the pipeline until his untimely and tragic death. Using dramatic reconstruction, superb archival photographs and interviews with key historians to bring this story alive, Pipe Dreams shows how a 'man-made river' transformed an isolated colony into a flourishing State.

"Future generations, I am certain will think of us for our far-seeing patriotism, and it will be said of us as Isiah said of old. They made a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert."
– John Forrest