Bayram Ali, Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, Powerhouse Collection

Bayram Ali


A photographic exhibition of images by Turkish-Cypriot immigrant Bayram Ali (1920–95) taken on Australia’s Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme. Bayram arrived in Australia in 1949 and worked for the Snowy Mountains Authority from the mid 1950s to late 1970, and his photographs document leisure and work at Adaminaby Dam/Eucumbene Dam (now Lake Eucumbene), Talbingo Dam and Tooma Dam – all part of what is recognised as one of the great engineering feats of the modern world.

Born in Nicosia, Cyprus, to Turkish parents, Bayram Ali joined the British Army at age 15 and fought in World War II. As a returned British serviceman, Ali could emigrate to a British colony and chose to be one of more than two million post war migrants to arrive in Australia between 1945 and 1965. Two-thirds of the people who worked on the Scheme came from countries other than Australia, representing 32 nationalities. They were welcomed as part of a larger immigration program to boost Australia’s population and overcome post war labour shortages.

The prints taken from 35mm transparencies are from one of the many amateur and professional photographers’ archives in the Powerhouse Collection.



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