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The lake has water?

planeguy 14 September 2010 23

[First filed: Sep 12, 2010 @ 16:01]

Lake George with water[Photo by Holden Caulfield]

The Canberra times reports that Lake George finally has some water.

Now, I am stuck out of town and won’t get to see it (if it doesn’t last a while). So a request to all, if you are out that way, would you mind posting a few shots here?

[ED = Email to images@the-riotact.com ]

UPDATE: Thanks to all who’ve sent photos in. Slideshow below.


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Waiting For Godot 5:13 pm 13 Sep 10

Holden Caulfield said :

I just stumbled across this old article from the SMH, published in November 2002. Supposedly that’s when the lake first went completely dry in the recent drought.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/11/29/1038386313869.html

The article states it is/was the first time since the 1940s the lake was bone dry.

The Herald is wrong again. It was bone dry in early 1987. I drove onto the lake bed from the old highway and stripped off and took some pics of myself with a tripod.

lizw 5:10 pm 13 Sep 10

I remember the lake being really full in the late 80’s – 88 or 89. People were stopping by the side of the road to take photos. It stayed full for quite some time too, before it drained away.

Kath 4:31 pm 13 Sep 10

nanzan said :

It’s a bit unrelated, but, does anyone know where I can find more information about the massacre of Aboriginal people that took place on the northern shores of Weereewa (Lake George) in the 1800s. I have heard it mentioned over the years several times, but I can’t seem to find it documented anywhere. (It seems to have happened near that part of the lake east of Collector, at the lake’s northern end.)

If it was reported in newspapers at the time, you should be able to find something in the National Library’s scanned newspapers: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper The ACT Heritage Library at Woden Library might be able to find something, too.

nanzan 1:40 pm 13 Sep 10

It’s a bit unrelated, but, does anyone know where I can find more information about the massacre of Aboriginal people that took place on the northern shores of Weereewa (Lake George) in the 1800s. I have heard it mentioned over the years several times, but I can’t seem to find it documented anywhere. (It seems to have happened near that part of the lake east of Collector, at the lake’s northern end.)

p1 1:07 pm 13 Sep 10

BimboGeek said :

There’s water in some of the ACT lakes too, but it’s really icky, you wouldn’t want to celebrate it. Maybe they should give LBG the George treatment, completely drain it and then let it refill and see if it looks nicer the second time around?

They could dig out all the carp while it was dry.

BimboGeek 12:40 pm 13 Sep 10

There’s water in some of the ACT lakes too, but it’s really icky, you wouldn’t want to celebrate it. Maybe they should give LBG the George treatment, completely drain it and then let it refill and see if it looks nicer the second time around?

Holden Caulfield 12:31 pm 13 Sep 10

I just stumbled across this old article from the SMH, published in November 2002. Supposedly that’s when the lake first went completely dry in the recent drought.

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/11/29/1038386313869.html

The article states it is/was the first time since the 1940s the lake was bone dry.

JessP 11:37 am 13 Sep 10

Good to see… I have fond memories of driving to Canberra in 1993/94 pas the lake – and it was right up to the (old) road. Seems like its been a sheep paddock for so long now.

Holden Caulfield 11:00 am 13 Sep 10

Deref said :

That last photo with the clouds is great, Holden! Where did you take that from?

Marked Tree Road – take the Collector/Gunning exit off the Federal Highway.

Me no fry 10:24 am 13 Sep 10

Good to see water in there again. I can remember seeing it so full of water that the water lapped right up to the Federal Highway – but that was in 1980.

housebound 10:20 am 13 Sep 10

It was really full in the early 1990s, and empty by the end of the decade.

I used to have to drive past most days for work. The lake looked its best when a full moon was rising on a clear, still night.

Gungahlin Al 10:11 am 13 Sep 10

Nice to see, but from these pics (haven’t been out there lately) it looks like a simialr amount of water to what was there about 2005(?). Would be great to see it full again. Last time I saw that was when I was here as a kid in the late 60s – early 70s.

Hells_Bells74 9:38 am 13 Sep 10

Although looking again, unless it pours cats and dogs soon it already looks to be quickly drying up?

Hells_Bells74 9:31 am 13 Sep 10

The difference in the photos that were in the CT report and the ones now posted here are staggering. I don’t think I could’ve seen it that nicely with my own eyes.

It looks bloody brilliant too, hope it does stick around a bit.

Thanks heaps for all who posted pics.

A1

Deref 8:56 am 13 Sep 10

That last photo with the clouds is great, Holden! Where did you take that from?

Holden Caulfield 9:44 pm 12 Sep 10

As it happens I snapped some pics today of the water from the top of the escarpment at the Collector end of Lake George. Images on way to JB.

Hells_Bells74 5:08 pm 12 Sep 10

Oh good, Planeguy, I’ll admit to being lazy and mistaking it to mean no pic and not looking 🙂

That’s why I’m not a journo!

grunge_hippy 4:43 pm 12 Sep 10

i flew over it last weekend, I wondered what lake it was, and then I saw the windmills. It was pretty full. I drove past it on thursday and it was still pretty full (as in you could see the water from the highway)

but sorry, no photos.

planeguy 4:28 pm 12 Sep 10

There was a pic on the CT site, but that’s just one. I just reckon that the talent of the crew here will give a nice variety.

Hells_Bells74 4:15 pm 12 Sep 10

Journalism is such a lazy game these days, or at least so it seems. You think with the CT report it may’ve included a picture.
😐

I’m stuck in town, would also like to see some pics, especially from some of the very talented photographers around RA if they were in that area.

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