Chapter Three

The first steel tower transmission line, between Homebush and Tallawarra, in NSW, was built in 1951 by Electric Power Transmission Pty Ltd (EPT), a subsidiary of the Italian multinational Societé Anonima Elettrificazione SpA (SAE), with steel imported from Italy and with Italian labour sent to Australia specifically to this purpose. Franco Belgiorno-Nettis and Carlo Salteri, then employed by SAE respectively in Milan and Bologna, were despatched to Sydney, on five year contracts to manage the project as a start.



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Franco Belgiorno-Nettis inspecting the footing of a tower. Parallel transmission lines at the end of the stringing phase.