Mount Tennent

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Not to be confused with Mount Tennant. ‹See Tfd›
Mount Tennent
Aboriginal: Tharwa
Mount Tennent viewed from Point Hut Road in Paddys River, ACT.jpg
Mount Tennent, viewed from Point Hut Road.
Elevation 1,375 m (4,511 ft)[1]
Location
Mount Tennent is located in Australian Capital Territory
Mount Tennent
Mount Tennent
Location in ACT
Location Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Coordinates 35°33′S 149°03′E / 35.550°S 149.050°E / -35.550; 149.050Coordinates: 35°33′S 149°03′E / 35.550°S 149.050°E / -35.550; 149.050

Mount Tennent (Aboriginal: Tharwa) is a mountain with an elevation of 1,375 metres (4,511 ft) AHD  in the southern part of the Australian Capital Territory in Australia. At the base of the mountain flows the Gudgenby River.

Location and features[edit]

Mount Tennent is named after a local bushranger, John Tennant1 who had a hideout on the slopes of the mountain in 1827. It had previously been named Mount Currie by Allan Cunningham after Captain Mark Currie, who led the first European expedition nearby (Fraser and McJannett) in 1823. Indigenous Australians refer to the mountain as Tharwa, also the name of the village at the northern foot of the mountain.

In 2004, ACTEW announced that the creation of a large 159 gigalitres (5.6×109 cu ft) reservoir by damming the Gudgenby River below Mount Tennent, was one of three options being considered as part of the Future Water Options Project in order to provide improved reliability and increased supply of potable water for Canberra and the ACT. By 2005, the ACT Government decided that the creation of the Mount Tennent dam would not proceed; in favour enlarging the Cotter Dam.[2]

Note[edit]

^1 There is a spelling difference between the naming of the mountain and the bushranger's name.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Map of Mount Tennent, NSW". Bonzel Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Proposal for the pass-through of water supply augmentation costs" (PDF). Submission to the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission. ACTEW Corporation. 13 January 2006. pp. 1, 8. 
  • Exploring the ACT and Southeast New South Wales, J. Kay McDonald, Kangaroo Press, Sydney, 1985 ISBN 0-86417-049-1
  • Over the hills and Tharwa way, I. Fraser & M. McJannett, Canberra & South East Region Environment Centre, 1994 ISBN 646-19029-6

External links[edit]

Media related to Mount Tennent (Australian Capital Territory) at Wikimedia Commons