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South Australia inherited a proud maritime legacy. Prior to the colony's foundation, explorers Flinders and Baudin separately charted our coastline and determined that the great south land was one continent. Organised shipping commenced with immigrant ships and vessels importing goods into the new colony in the 19th century. In the age of steam, our 2,500 km 'lifeline' - the River Murray - acted as a highway to the interior and eastern settlements for riverine traders and navigators. The State Library of South Australia preserves the state's maritime successes, disasters and activities to bring to life this important element of South Australian history.


Downstream - the River Murray in South Australia 


Vessels of the River Murray

Wooden walls and iron sides 

Wooden walls and iron sides

South Australia's maritime history



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