Bob Semple, minister of public works in the 1930s, was largely responsible for the construction of the Rangitātā diversion race, and the development of irrigation in mid-Canterbury. Here, he dramatically poses with his car inside a large pipe used in the construction of the Surrey Hill siphon, a part of the scheme.
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Rangitata Diversion Race Management
Reference: Glenys Hopkinson, Water put to work: a history of Rangitata diversion race. Ashburton: Rangitata Diversion Race Management, 1997, p.11.
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