Important history is being washed away

THE front page of Tuesday’s Sunraysia Daily alerted us to yet another potential tragedy regarding our rapidly disappearing heritage with the headline “History under the pump”.
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It seems some of the pipes have washed away and further damage could render the Psyche Pumps unusable.

The pump house itself is unique.

Constructed from bricks made on the site, it sits partly in Victoria and partly in New South Wales.

The pump is unique.

When George Chaffey presented his design to Tangeys of Birmingham, they claimed it would explode within 20 minutes of operation.­­­

For almost 70 years it was the beating heart of the district, sending life-giving water along almost 500km of channel-arteries to the fruit blocks. My sympathy is with the small, dedicated group of volunteers from the Sunraysia Steam Preservation Society.

They have not only spent countless hours lovingly restoring and maintaining the “Chaffey”, but devote their recreation time opening up to visitors and running the pump for the public several times a year.

It is likely without Psyche we would still be a small, isolated river community rather than a modern bustling city and a closely settled horticultural community supporting a range of major organisations, industries and businesses.

Let us hope the whole community supports efforts to repair the damage and keep the pumps running for many more generations.

It’s more than just a landmark, it’s essentially our reason for being here.

Bob Walton,

Red Cliffs

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