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Books on the River Murray

Strevens, Steve 2006, Slow River Allen and Unwin, Australia
   Easy and interesting reading.

Nicholson, John 2002, The Mighty Murray Allen and Unwin, Australia
   Written for school children but plenty of information for adults as well.

Nicholson, John 2004, The Incomparable Captain Cadell Allen and Unwin, Australia
   Describes the development of the paddlesteamer trade on the Murray. Highly recommended.

Wallace, Pearl 2001, A River Woman Southern Cross University Press, Lismore, Australia
   Australia's first female riverboat captain tells her story. Riverboat Rod's grandmother was a governess for Pearl and her brothers and sister who were brought up on their parent's river boat Alpha in the days before safety rails! Riverboat Rod (Rodney Hobbs from Port Pirie in South Australia) writes fact sheets on riverboats and has built 21 models of the boats. Examples of his work can be seen in the Swan Reach museum (see below) and in the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement (see below).

Marshall, Brian, 1988, Paddle Boats of the Murray Darling Basin Mercury Publishing Company, Australia
   Extensive research has produced an interesting and informative book. Includes history of the era, and details of individual riverboats. Has an extensive Bibliography for further reading.

Parsons, Ronald, Ships of the Inland Rivers Contact Australasian Maritime Historical Society P.O.Box 2307, Murray Bridge, South Australia, 5253, Australia,Phone: Ron Parsons (08) 8535 4105; or http://www.rivermurrayshop.com.au/Orderinformation.htm
  A record of the shipping and shipowners on the Murray/Darling rivers. Indexed and fully illustrated.

Williams, Rod and Parsons, Ronald, The River Boats Contact Australasian Maritime Historical Society P.O.Box 2307, Murray Bridge, South Australia, 5253, Australia,Phone: Ron Parsons (08) 8535 4105; or http://www.rivermurrayshop.com.au/Orderinformation.htm
  Volume One: A booklet illustrating the ships of the Murray Darling river systems.

Dobre, Pete, 2007, Paddle Steamers & Riverboats of the Murray River - Australia Oz Scapes, Happy Valley, South Australia, Australia
   Superb photographs of riverboats.

Plowman, Peter, 1992, The Wheels Still Turn Kangaroo Press, Australia
   Describes the paddleboats in various regions of Australia including the Murray Darling Basin.

Sinclair, Paul, 2001, The Murray, a river and its people Melbourne University Press, Australia
   An in-depth study complied by an academic. Solid reading. Paul and his partner Jen Hocking paddled a canoe 1330 kilometres along the Murray as part of the research.

Eastburn, David, 1990, The River Murray: History at a Glance Murray Darling Basin Commission, Canberra, ACT, Australia
   Detailed information.

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Websites on the River Murray

Discover Murray
  A comprehensive source of information about the Murray River. An excellent website.

The Murray River. Wind Down
  A source of information about the NSW and Victorian part of the Murray River.

Inland Rivers Network
  Inland Rivers Network is a coalition of environment groups and individuals concerned about the degradation of the rivers, wetlands and groundwaters of the Murray-Darling Basin.

River Murray Red Cross Marathon
  Yarrawonga to Swan Hill marathon paddling race - held between Christmas and New Year each year.

Paddle for Kids
  Remarkable kayak trip down the Murray by 71 year old Rod Smith. Great website. The venture was very successful in attracting donations of over $17,000 and sponsors.

Bill Robinson's Log
  Log of Bill Robinson's solo kayak trip down the Murray. At the time Bill was 61 years of age, with plenty of kayaking experience. He designed and built the kayak himself, and completed the trip without land crew assistance.

Riverboats and Paddlesteamers of the Murray River
  Comprehensive information on the boats of the Murray. http://www.murrayriver.com.au/

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DVDs on the River Murray

Two Men In A Tinnie
   An entertaining four-part series in which our two present day pioneers, John Doyle and Tim Flannery, unravel the secrets of Australia's greatest river system.
   Available from ABC shops.

Postcards from the River Murray
   Interesting information on 16 locations along the Murray.
   Available from Visitor Information Centres along the Murray, and online from Postcards Online


Museums on the Murray's history

Goolwa Museum
  It is possible to spend a few hours in this museum - it has plenty of history, mockups and videos.

Swan Reach Museum
  Nildottie Road, Swan Reach opposite the town's cemetery. A well cared for museum with a fascinating collection of memorabilia. The collection includes historical items from Swan Reach and nearby river and rural communities. Also has books available for purchase, many of which would be hard to find elsewhere. One of Riverboat Rod's (Rodney Hobbs from Port Pirie in South Australia) models and a detailed fact sheet can be seen here. Graham Barlow is the Secretary of the Mid Murray Lands Local History Group. Further information available from The Mid Murray Lands Local History Group

Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement
   I haven't visited this venue yet but it has been highly recommended. If you are interested in old times and machinery allow plenty of time! One of Riverboat Rod's (Rodney Hobbs from Port Pirie in South Australia) models can be seen here.

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Charts of the River Murray

River Murray Charts
  An excellent and detailed set of charts. From Renmark to Yarrawonga and Yarrawonga to the Hume Weir.
  Compiled by Barry and Maureen Wright, from Burra in South Australia.
  Available in book form or CD.
  Further details available from www.rivermurraycharts.com.au

River Murray Access
  Sets of charts in booklets. Some booklets available now, new ones are in production.
  Produced by Spatial Vision in Melbourne, distributed through Visitor Information Centres and Map shops.
  Further details available from www.spatialvision.com.au

Murray River Pilot
  A book of charts and accompanying text on the history of the areas. Goolwa to the SA-NSW border and Lower Murray, Lakes and Coorong. Revised edition April 2004.
  Authors and Publishers: Charts: Ronald and Margaret Baker; Words: William Reschke.
  Available from the authors - phone 08 8555 1359 or 08 8270 3716, Map shops and from River Murray Shop.

Note: All sets of charts listed above are very useful, in my opinion. I used them all! Rod.

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Data for River Navigators - River levels, Flow rates, Temperature etc.

  NSW: http://waterinfo.nsw.gov.au/drr/murray/index.shtml
  NSW: http://waterinfo.nsw.gov.au/sr/index-storage-weekly.shtml
  SA based: http://riverdata.riverland.net.au/index.htm

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Books on Australian Explorers somewhat relevant to the Murray's exploration

Jenson, Jo, 1995 Australian Explorers: Charles Sturt Boolarong Press, Australia
  Filed in the Junior section of the library but is a good summary for adults as well.

Rudolf, Ivan, 2006Sturt's Desert Drama Central Queensland University Press, Australia
  A very interesting book on the achievements of Charles Sturt, after his river exploration, and the hardships his team endured.

Bailey, John, 2006 Mr Stuart's Track Pan Macmillan, Australia

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Websites relating to aboriginal health

The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC)
  The Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of New South Wales (AH&MRC) is the peak body for Aboriginal health in New South Wales.

NACCHO: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation
  The National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation is the national peak body on Aboriginal health, representing the interests of Aboriginal community controlled health services.

Menzies School of Health Research
  The Menzies School of Health Research (MSHR) is the only Australian health and medical research institute with a primary focus on the health of Indigenous communities and people living in tropical and remote areas.

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
  Government body overseeing the application of federal legislation in the area of human rights, anti-discrimination, social justice and privacy.

Oxfam Australia
  An Australian development Non Government Organisation that promotes social justice and fights poverty.

Close The Gap campaign
  The Close The Gap campaign calls on federal, state and territory governments to commit to closing the life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation. The campaign is supported by more than 40 Indigenous and non-Indigenous organisations, and seventy-five thousand Australians have already pledged their support to Close the Gap.

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