Hydro Tasmania is celebrating its centenary in October this year by hosting a program of free events across the state to recognise the beginning of the original Hydro-Electric Department in 1914. Now known as the Hydro-Electric Corporation the organisation has been known by the Tasmanian community as ‘the Hydro’ for many years.

The program of events will allow Tasmanian’s to gain a better understanding of the rich history of Hydro Tasmania and recognise the contribution of thousands of people to building Tasmania’s hydropower system over the past 100 years.

Tasmanian Energy Minister Matthew Groom said that the construction of Tasmania’s extensive system of dams, power stations and canals had been a primary driver behind the State’s economic and social development during the 20th century.

“The construction of the power scheme was internationally recognised for its boldness and ingenuity in a harsh and challenging environment,” said Mr Groom.

“The story of the Hydro is a big part of the story of Tasmania. We should take the time to understand its history and celebrate its achievements,” he said.

The program of events began in June with Hydro Tasmania collaborating with Dark Mofo to bring a light installation project – Articulated Intersect by Rafael Lozano-Memmer – to Hobart’s waterfront.

Hydro Tasmania’s Hobart office has also featured a projection of images portraying operations and people of the Hydro for the last 100 years as well as a video presentation of the official opening of Waddamana power station in 1916 screened on the outside of the building.

The centenary event program will continue over the coming months and will include a special Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra concert, power station tours and a back to Waddamana day to recognise Hydro Tasmania’s first power station.

Workers at Tasmania's first power station – Waddamam,1922.

Workers at Tasmania’s first power station – Waddamam,1922.