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Cropping, Lake Bonney
Title : Cropping, Lake Bonney Cropping, Lake Bonney
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Date of creation : 1915
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library catalogue
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Description :

Cropping in times of drought. A crop of oats grown in Lake Bonney, on the River Murray which was dry except for some deep holes full of cod. Lake Bonney dried out in 1914-15 but this was followed by a severe flood.

The men in the photograph are Bruno Drogmuller, Jack Bland, Joe Joyce (Boss).

In January 2007 the proposal was put forward to temporarily close Lake Bonney and a number of other small lakes and wetlands from any inflow from the River Murray as a way of saving water for use further downstream.

Regulation of the River Murray flows with the building of the weirs and locks was brought about by the River Murray Waters Agreement which was signed by all the relevant states in 1915. Construction of the first lock at Blanchetown began later that year. The locks were intended to even out river flows for irrigation and for steam navigation on the river; however there have still been major floods in the river, notably in 1931 and 1956.
Coverage year : 1915
Region : Riverland and Murraylands
Further reading :
Woolmer, George. The Barmera story: a history of Barmera and district, Barmera: Barmera Golden Jubilee Committee, 1973
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