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Monday, 15 September 2008

Ted Egan's This Land Australia - The Snowy Mountains

By Darren Stones

Ted Egan takes viewers on a visual and story telling journey for 50 minutes in his This Land Australia program, The Snowy Mountains.

Filmed over four seasons, Egan narrates the production that features stories from people who worked as stockmen in the high country, workers who built the Snowy Mountain Hydro Electric scheme and how a young girl gets to school each day on a skidoo.

There’s historic film of the Snowy scheme being built, and a visit to the scheme by the Queen.

Egan shows the highest point in Australia, Mt Kosciuszko (2228m) which was named after Tadeusz Kosciuszko by Polish-born explorer Paul Strzelecki in 1840. Also shown is a statue of Strzelecki, located on the shore of the man-made lake at Jindabyne, which is part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme.

There is footage of the Skitube, which runs between the ski resorts of Perisher and Mount Blue Cow, and of people enjoying the outdoor and indoor snow-related activities at Thredbo.

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Ted Egan

Here's a short preview of Ted Egan's This Land Australia - The Snowy Mountains

Ted Egan AM was born in the Melbourne suburb of Coburg on 6 July, 1932, and moved to the Northern Territory in 1949 at age 16. Egan is an Australian folk musician and author. He is featured in the Hands of Fame at the Tamworth Australian Country Music Centre in Tamworth, New South Wales.

Purchasing information:

Ted Egan’s This Land Australia – The Snowy Mountains can be purchased as a DVD from Australiana Online.

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