Snowy Scheme Museum

The Snowy Mountains Scheme, also known as the Snowy Hydroelectric Scheme, is a series of 16 dams and seven power stations constructed in New South Wales and Victoria between 1949 and 1975

The Snowy Scheme is one of the most impressive feats of engineering in Australian history. It was a massive undertaking – a hydroelectric power station and irrigation scheme that transformed a barren landscape into a thriving community. The project was only made possible by the hard work and determination of the workers who built it.

The Snowy Scheme was born out of necessity. Australia was facing an energy crisis in the early 1940s, and the government was looking for a solution. A team of engineers led by Dr. William Hudson came up with a plan to build a hydro-electric power station in the Snowy Mountains

The Snowy Scheme Museum houses a collection of materials used in the design, construction and operation of the Snowy Scheme. It is located within the Snowy Hydro headquarters at Cooma.

The Snowy Scheme Museum was officially opened by His Excellency, The Honourable Lieutenant-Governor of New South Wales, The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC on 15 November 2014.

The Snowy Scheme Museum has been developed as a tribute to the men and women who worked on the Snowy Scheme, and as a memorial to those who lost their lives during its construction.

These include machinery, laboratory equipment, historic vehicles, artworks, photographs, maps, surveying and drafting equipment, plans, paper records, books, pamphlets, newsletters, precision instruments, small tools, medical equipment and domestic items from the time.

The Adaminaby Snowy Scheme Collection Association was founded in March 2002 and incorporated in October 2003. It is managed by a seven-person committee elected in accordance with the Association’s constitution. The office-bearers of the Association are the President, the Vice-President, the Treasurer and the Secretary.

The committee would appreciate any help with the care and maintenance of the collection. If you are interested in assisting them, please email