Published on 40th anniversary of the Snowy Scheme, 1989. Launched in Dublin by  artist Sidney Nolan. Reprinted HarperCollins 1995, now in its 11th edition. See HERE  for more information

Winner, NSW Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction

1995 edition

‘A wonderful socio-historical document and an engrossing read… a fine achievement. It lives and breathes the Snowys and makes you feel as if you were there.’ – Sophie Masson, Sydney Morning Herald

2. THE RADIO SERIES: 6 x 30mins, ABC Radio National, 1987

The Snowy – The People Behind the Power

‘A saga of a series about an epoch-making project’. Barry Hill, The Age.

Featuring Snowy workers of 25 nationalities, the first time ‘ethnic’ voices were heard in such magnitude on Australian radio.

Available at ABC archives and coming soon on Soundcloud.

3. THE FILM DOCUMENTARY: 60mins, Film Australia, 1989

Snowy – A Dream of Growing Up

Based on McHugh’s book, directed by Stephen Ramsey, Assoc Producer Siobhan McHugh

4. THE YOUNG ADULTS’ FICTION: BOOK for 10-14 year olds

My Story, Snowy – The Diary of Eva Fischer (Scholastic 2003)

Selected for NSW Premier’s Reading List.

A year in the life of a feisty eleven year-old-girl growing up in Cabramurra in the fifties as the Hydro-Electric Scheme transforms the social and physical landscape. My Story: Snowy - The Diary of Eva Fischer
‘Usually I just skip through books but since I read the first two pages of Snowy, it seems that I’ve gotten addicted to it. Thank you for showing me that there are some books that are not boring.’ Taiya, 13 yrs.
From Taiya, Victoria

The Sydney Morning Herald

See article 23 August 2011, Sparks that lit a nation’

AUTHOR’ S NOTE: The girl on the cover of this book looks way too young to be the feisty 12-year-old Eva Fischer. This was due to unfortunate last-minute copyright issues, which required my preferred picture to be withdrawn. This picture puts off teenage readers, as the girl, though cute, looks about six. Readers take heart! Please get past this misrepresentation and let Eva tell you her story. One day I hope to get a more appropriate image of our Eva.


The Snowy – Part One: The Vision

The Snowy – Part Two: The People

Producers Lina Safro and Mika Nishimura. Narrator Bryan Brown.


A collaboration between Siobhan McHugh and O’Punksky’s theatre, funded by an Australia Council for the Arts grant. Due to be premiered in Sydney Festival 1998, but funding could not be raised. Draft script, envisaged as a musical, remains on ice.

7. PUBLIC LECTURE: 60th anniversary of the Snowy Scheme, National Archives of Australia, 2009    (transcript)

Former Snowy workers and residents with Siobhan and Deputy Director, National Archives of Australia. (Photo NAA)


Photo gallery

The Snowy Scheme today: Snowy Hydro

NOTE: Emily Ballou’s interesting novel  Aphelion (Picador 2007) draws (with permission) on stories and imagery from my book, The Snowy...  It tells the story of four generations of women, set against the inundation of the small town of Adaminaby, lost to the huge Eucumbene Dam in the late 1950s. Review of Aphelion


Original recordings of my interviews with over a hundred Snowy workers, associates and residents are archived at the State Library of New South Wales. The collection also contains my correspondence, working notes etc. Access HERE.