Ian has a long association with Cromwell, and has taken a keen interest in its social history during the 1980s and 90s while the Clyde dam was developed. In this interview, Ian discusses in detail the decision-making by the Muldoon government on the construction of the dam, and the impacts those decisions had on the community. He describes how he documented the physical changes to the town and landscape through photography, seeing significant tailing works go under water and infrastructure flooded or deconstructed to make way for the lake.

Interviewer: Jeanette Whittaker
Interview Dates:
April & June 2021

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