This piece of timber relates to the early supply of drinking water in Sydney during the late 1820s. It is part of the shaft for a spear pump built into a well to supply water for the early colonial military barracks originally located on the site of today’s Wynyard Park. The type of pump may have been similar to those used in England to pump water out of mines at the time.
While the mining engineer, John Busby, was constructing the tunnel (later known as Busby’s Bore) to supply Sydney with a p...
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