The Murray River is Australia's longest river. At 2, 375 kilometers (1, 467 miles)1 in length, it spans three states - Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia. The Murray is the third longest navigable river in the world, after the Amazon and Nile2. From its source in the Kosciusko National Park, it flows across inland Australia forming a border between NSW and Victoria. For the final 500 km (310 miles) of its journey, the Murray flows through South Australia where it meets the Southern Ocean at Lake Alexandria.
|The Murray River at Howlong, NSW - image by Tannin|
During the 19th Century, the Murray River supported a commercial river trade and by 1860 river boats regularly operating on the Murray. Steamboat transport brought relief to the shortage of transport in the goldfields and paddle steamers were used to carry goods such as wool, wheat and gold-mining supplies up and down the Murray. The introduction of the rail link to Melbourne virtually brought the commercial river trade to an end. However, tourists can now enjoy the beauty of the Murray River on one of the many fully operational old paddle steamers which operate along the river.
The following are images of some of the beautiful old river boats which would regularly be seen along the Murray River:
|Murray Steamer 'Corowa' (1900)|
|Launching of P.S.Wahgunyah at Wahgunyah (1867)|
|Night Travel on the Murray (1800)|
|Paddle Steamers 'Ruby' and 'Marion' on the Murray River (1915)|
|Paddle Steamer 'Gem' on the Murray River (1921)|
|P. S. 'Corowa' at landing (1892)|
This post is part of a series of posts for Sepia Saturday, which provides an opportunity for bloggers to share their history through photographs. You can view more Sepia Saturday images here.
Harny, Paul. Night Travel on the Murray. 1880. Drawing. commons.wikimedia.orgWeb. 6 Mar 2013.
Launching P.S. Wahgunyah at Wahgunyah. 1867. State Library of South AustraliaWeb. 4 Jan 2013.
Murray Steamer 'Corowa'. 1900. State Library of South AustraliaWeb. 6 Mar 2013.
Paddle Steamer 'Gem' on the Murray River. 1921. State Library of South AustraliaWeb. 6 Mar 2013.
Paddle Steamers 'Ruby' and 'Marion' on the Murray River. 1915. State Library of South
AustraliaWeb. 6 Mar 2013. <http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/searcy/22/PRG280_1_22_205.htm>.
P. S. 'Corowa' at Landing. 1892. State Library of South AustraliaWeb. 6 Mar 2013.
Tannin, . Murray at Howlong. 2004. commons.wikimedia.orgWeb. 6 Mar 2013.