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Low River, Renmark
Title : Low River, Renmark Low River, Renmark
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Date of creation : 1914
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Lowest River level recorded

Low water on the River Murray at the end of summer or during droughts meant the paddle steamers could not move on the river: many were stranded upstream sometimes for several years during droughts. With the advent of the irrigation colonies from the late 1880s there was a further demand for a constant and reliable water supply. After many years of arguing regarding the river the states finally signed an agreement in 1915 which would allow the erection of locks and weirs along the river to regulate the flow of water. Work on the first lock at Blanchetown began in 1915 but was not completed until 1922 due to World War I. The remaining locks were completed by 1935, by which time the river boat trade was already in decline. Water levels still need to be maintained for irrigation, the demand for which continued to increase.

Coverage year : 1914
Place : Renmark
Region : Riverland and Murraylands
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