Wednesday, December 16, 2009

RBG Volcano

Below are photos of an almost completed renovation of a water an old water storage in Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens known as Volcano, named as such because of its shape. Volcano was built in 1878 and was filled with water pumped either directly from the Yarra River and later Yan Yean Reservoir. The design was by renown architect William Guilfoyle and is twenty nine metres in diameter and has a capacity of 1.3 million litres of water.

Volcano fell into disuse in the 1950s and became overgrown and well hidden to anyone who did not know it was there. It is in the highest point of the gardens, and right on the fence line next to the The Tan. Clearly it won't fill by water run off.

A pretty marvellous way to spend $1.7 million I reckon. I am excited. Much of the money was donated by the Myer Foundation. The bottom picture is from The Age and shows the interior after it was cleaned out. Here is a link to a pdf file with more information.




9 comments:

  1. thanks for posting this Andrew. Living near the Bot Gradens, I walk through there a lot, but have never seen (nor even heard of) the Volcano. If the weather cools down enough, I'm going to go and have a look this evening!

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  2. Near the corner of Park and Domain Altissima. Don't think you will be going this evening.

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  3. i heard the botanical gardens man talking about this on the radio one saturday morning, sounded fascinating. Good to see it coming along nicely.

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  4. Fen, that was because 'Andrew' sent an sms asking for an update on progress.

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  5. We've got one of those a couple of streets away where the blokes from the water board accidentally mattocked their way into a main pipe.

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  6. Anonymous11:45 pm

    Awesome, I am gunna have to check it out with the kids this school hols :)
    Cazzie!!!

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  7. Brian, just made me think. An dig using water pressure. Hose the soil away.

    Do so Cazzie. There is something special on at the gardens for kids too. I am sure it is on their website.

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  8. Feral Beast was very excited to read this, thanks Andrew. We'll be trotting along for a gander, too :)

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  9. Might be best to wait until it is finished Jayne. Should be spesh.

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