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Sketch of Eyre's first camp on the Murray
Title : Sketch of Eyre's first camp on the Murray Sketch of Eyre's first camp on the Murray
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Date of creation : ca. 1840
Format : Photograph
Dimensions : 100 x 150 mm
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Sketch of Eyre's first camp on the Murray.

The first European settlement on the River Murray in South Australia was Moorundie, settled in 1841. Moorundie was established by the Resident Magistrate and Protector of Aborigines, Edward John Eyre. Explorer Eyre had discovered the area in 1839 and later was granted 1411 acres there by the colonial government.

Eyre was present at Moorundie from 1841-1844, during which period he monitored and attempted, with some success, to allay the conflicts between the indigenous inhabitants and the overlanders who passed through the area. He also distributed food rations to aboriginal groups in the region. Eyre grew irrigated crops on the river flats including maize, wheat, vegetables and orchards.

Moorundie was occupied until 1856 when, partly due to flooding in the region, settlement was moved to newly established Blanchetown, approximately 5 kilometres upstream.
Related names :

Eyre, Edward John, 1815-1901

Moorundie (S. Aust.)

Period : 1836-1851
Place : Moorundie (S. Aust.)
Region : Riverland and Murraylands
Further reading :

Eyre, Edward John. Journals of expeditions of discovery into Central Australia, and overland from Adelaide to King George's Sound, in the years 1840-1..., Adelaide: Libraries Board of South Australia, 1964. Facsimile edition; original published London: T. & W. Boone, 1845

Eyre, Edward John. Reports and letters to Governor Grey from E.J. Eyre at Moorunde, Adelaide: Sullivan's Cove, 1985

Internet links :

Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Search: Eyre, Edward John

Downstream: the River Murray in South Australia See: Aboriginal Australians: Edward Eyre and Aboriginal groups; and European settlement along the Murray

Postcards Online Channel 9 Adelaide See: Portee Station on the Murray River for a unique experience



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