Blog post from Monday, 24 March, 2014

On 24 March 1827, an engineer named John Busby began work on a scheme to pipe fresh water from the Lachlan swamps to a reservoir in the area now called Hyde Park in Sydney. This pipeline became known as Busby’s Bore. It took 10 years of convict labour to bore through 3.6 km of rock. Once the water reached the reservoir, it was distributed around the city by horse drawn carts.

The State Library of New South Wales holds many pictures and manuscripts relating to Busby’s bore and the Busby family.