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The dissapearing waters of Lake Eucumbene have had one positive benefit - parts of the Old Adaminaby township are starting to emerge from a watery grave that has entoombed them for almost 50 years. This photo, taken in December 2006, shows the front steps of St Mary's Catholic Church at (original) Adaminaby. The majority of the original Church were moved to the new township (7 kms away) in the late 1950's.

The beauty and bleakness of Lake Eucumbene can be clearly seen in this photo taken on 10 July 2005.

The photo shows a mid-winter snow scene at Lake Eucumbene. Looking towards Mt Cobrabald (1,433m) from old Adaminaby.

Weather conditions were a little brisk! Overcast skies, sleet, snow patches and a temperature of +2 degrees(the wind chill was a freezing -9 degrees)

The water level in Lake Eucumbene fell to just 10.1% of capacity in July 2007. This is the lowest the lake has been since it was filled in 1959.

This photo shows the foundations of a building that had been covered by the water since the lake was filled in 1959. The trees in the foreground line the road to the former Adaminaby sports ground.

A summer storm looms above Old Adaminaby. The small, picturesque village (population approx 40) sits on the NW banks of Lake Eucumbene at an elevation of 1,180 metres asl. This photo shows the village in January 2008.

There are many great spots to stay for a few days at Australia's Lake Eucumbene. When dad and I go trout fishing we generally stay at the Rainbow Pines Tourist Park at Old Adaminaby.

This photo (taken on 5 August 2005) shows some of the accomodation available at the park. At an elevation of 1,167 metres above sea level, the park is often covered in snow (as it was on this day).

There's no place like Lake Eucumbene on a crystal clear winters day. This view looks towards the west, with the old Adaminaby township in the centre of the photo, just above the boat ramp that can be seen inching down towards the waters edge.

On the day this photo was taken (6 August 2005) the lake was at 47% of capacity. Snow can be seen lying around the shady sections and the temperature was +6 degress. Today (11 june 2008) the lake is at just 13% of capacity.

I visited the area when it was all being built, makes me feel very old.

Looking towards Hobart (Tasmania) from the top of Mt Wellington. Mt Wellington is 1,269m above sea level and on the afternoon this photo was taken (4.30pm on 28/4/2006) the temperature was 6.2 degrees. Snow falls are common on the top of the Mountain, and can occur at any time of the year. This is not surprising given the temperatures recorded on the mountain. Even in January (summer) the average temperature range is 4.7 to 13.2 degrees C. While in July (winter) they average at -1.6 to 2.3 degrees C. Temperatures below -5 degrees C. have been recorded in January.

Brayshaw's Hut was build for David Brayshaw in 1903. Like many men living in remote farming districts where there were fewer women than men, David never married or raised a family.

In August 1913, David met a tragic end while riding home from the nearby 'Bobeyan' where his brother lived. He left after lunch but didn't arrive home that evening. Two days later his riderless horse was found with David's body lying nearby. Stirrup irons were still on his feet and his hat and whip were on the ground nearby. He died from exposure.

Lake Eucumbene is the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme's largest reservoir. It has a storage of 4,758 gigalitres of water, equal to 9 times the volume of Sydney Harbour.

When full, Lake Eucumbene has a surface area of 14,500 hectares and a shoreline of 224 kilometres.

The lakes level can vary by up to 48 metres depending upon inflowsand the operating regime of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

On the day this photo was taken, the Lake was sitting at just 22.2% of total capacity.

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