Interior of Spotswood Pumping Station.
Built by the Melbourne & Metropolitan Board of Works (MMBW) between 1893 and 1897, the Spotswood Pumping Station was a key part of Melbourne’s first centralised sewerage system.
The original equipment consisted of four large pumping engines powered by steam from coal-fired boilers. By 1914, ten steam engines were in operation at Spotswood. The first electric powered pumps were installed in 1921, and by 1925 most of the daily flows were pumped by electricity.
The Spotswood Pumping Station ceased operation in September 1965, but sewage still flows under the site today on its way to Brooklyn and the Western Treatment Plant at Werribee.
The Spotswood Pumping Station buildings and their entire contents were classified by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) in 1981 and the site is also listed on the Victoria Heritage Register (H1555).
In March 1989, the Museum of Victoria took over the Spotswood Pumping Station site to develop Scienceworks – an interactive Science and Technology Centre, which opened in February 1992.
This shot was taken with my Pentax k-r on 4 June 2012.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
HDR in Simply HDR for Mac.