Special Collections at Murdoch University

Special Collections at Murdoch University

Our Special Collections are home to thousands of culturally significant, unique and hard to find items.
These collections offer a rich resource for staff and students and enable the research and teaching goals of the university.

Property of HS (Harry) Whittington, 'Springhill', Brookton, Western Australia, Australia - 094

Property of HS (Harry) Whittington, 'Springhill', Brookton, Western Australia, Australia - 094. [Photograph] [Special Collections]


Avon Location 5781. The first attempt at constructing an Interceptor bank on the upper slopes. Despite all the attempts to compact the soil over the gully, the waterlogging did a far more efficient effect. My father had told me many years ago that the way to correct the problems of the soil was to 'build cement walls around the hilltops and hold the water where it falls'. At that time I couldn't afford the cement, I had to use the material that was on site. Starting at the top was not easy. I had to learn about catchments, recharge areas, throughflows (natural subsurface drainage lines), seepages, discharges, false caps, impermeable layers, reconstructed soils and to distinguish between those soils that would hold and seal and those that would not. The terraces of China and the absorption and Interceptor banks successfully used in America on the Tennessee Valley all had some useful lessons. There was an answer, it was a matter of understanding the soils we have to work with. The success of these early banks built in the upper slopes gave me the encouragement to go further.

This image was taken by the West Australian newspaper.

PLEASE NOTE: We are unable to provide a public view of this image as the copyright is held by The West Australian newspaper.

If you would like to obtain a copy of this image for research purposes please ‘request a copy'.

This image is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Date: 22 March 1955
Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Notes: 1 photograph : negative
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/49756
Item Control Page Item Control Page