A characteristic irrigation wheel installed within the agricultural irrigation system over the Werribee and Lerderderg Rivers alluvial plain farmlands. They were invented by Charles Dethridge in c1923(?) This wheel is an example. The surviving system of channels and wheels in general are of local significance, for their association with the development of agriculture and for the influence of the reticulation of water on agriculture and housing development in Bacchus Marsh.
Dethridge Irrigation Wheel and Water Channel - Physical Description 1
Dethridge wheels consists of a rotating metal cylinder connected to an axel by pairs of spokes at points on both faces. The outer scoops fixed to the cylinder are simple gable section. The axel rests on a pre-cast concrete tank, which has
concrete cover slabs. A large number have been located in place in the municipality (refer:Map).