1938
Pukekohe Drainage Scheme completed


In the early 1930s, Pukekohe Borough Council in Auckland applied for the installation of a sewerage scheme. Gulliver prepared the scheme and was appointed as the drainage engineer and was later succeeded by Gray.

 

Modern machinery had a huge part to play in the scheme’s installation with a steam excavator turning the first “sod” on 27 May 1937. In August, Gray is reported to have said, “Laying of the drains on the eastern side of the town had now been practically completed, while the construction of the treatment works was proceeding. The tunnel under the railway to serve the western side of the town was well forward.” Construction was completed in March 1938 at a cost of £27,267.

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