State Library of South Australia logoDownstream, the River Murray in South Australia

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Downstream : The River Murray in South Australia


South Australians live in the 'driest state in the driest inhabited continent in the world'.  The Murray has been called South Australia's 'lifeline', as this major waterway provides the majority of the population with water for irrigation, industry and domestic demands.

This theme focuses on the River Murray in South Australia, celebrating its history, places and people, issues and events, and recognising the challenges to its survival and efforts made to meet those challenges.


Aboriginal Australians and the river  Irrigation and exploitation 
European discovery of the River Murray system  The dwindling river 
European settlement along the Murray  Who 'owns' the Murray? 
The river as a highway  River Murray focus 





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