By Shane Strudwick
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Extra resources for Australia’s Great River Landscape - Murray River and Mallee
Tree of Knowledge flood levels, Loxton Overland Corner Hotel, South Australia ‘56 flood, Mannum Cairn dedicated to the Massey-Ferguson tractor which helped play a major role in creating levy banks during the 1956 flood, Wentworth, New South Wales Dock Courtesy of Mannum Museum 47 D uring the latter half of the 19th and early 20th centuries the Murray River was a major inland highway for pastoralists, settlers and travellers. Fleets of paddle steamers and their barges carried produce from stations and farms to transit points downriver.
Chaffey Birth of Australia’s Irrigation “Some day the whole of Mildura will be as this garden” Charles Chaffey George Chaffey A lfred Deakin, later to become one of the founding fathers of the Commonwealth and it’s Prime Minister on 3 occasions, developed a conviction that the only way to settle and develop the northern part of Victoria would be by irrigation. He believed that in this region the fertile soil, the abundant sunshine and the Murray’s plentiful water, which when brought together would make even the inhospitable Mallee region prosper.
He was now certain he was on the Darling River, no longer the dried-out disappointment he'd seen hundreds of miles away at Bourke. ” Back to the junction. It was then that Sturt named the river after Sir George Murray. Sturt's method of charting the river incorporated a sheet of paper and a compass before him, and he marked down not only the river line but also a description of the riverside country. Not a single bend was omitted. “Great heat. Seldom under Memorial dedicated to Sturt’s voyage, Lock 10, Wentworth, NSW 100°F (38°C) at noon.
Australia’s Great River Landscape - Murray River and Mallee by Shane Strudwick