A In 1956-57, Max Stermole worked as a tunnel digger on the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme for American firm Kaiser Walsh Perini Raymond, a consortium of large American construction companies. The firm built the Tumut Pond Dam (one of the most visually dramatic structures in the Scheme), the Tumut 1 Pressure Tunnel and Surge Tank (leading to Tumut 1 Power Station), the Eucumbene-Tumut Tunnel and the Eucumbene Dam (the largest in the system). KWPR were one of two main contractors in the first stage of the scheme, the other being a French consortium. Max, along with about 14 other men, was awarded a medal as World Tunnel Record Holder (NU 42218) by the company in 1958.They tunnelled 474 feet in one week in the Tumut Tunnel.

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