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Our Murray River and Mallee stories are valuable to our communities and visitors.

To remember a story is to recall, pass it through your heart, make it whole and awaken it. Our stories are like opening a gift.

It invites us to reveal layers of people, places and moments in time that created the very foundations of our lives today. Yet, like any gift worth holding, it carries great value. We can enjoy the stories and learn from those that have gone before us.

We can guide our children to appreciate the value of our history and culture. In turn, it will invite them to embrace their heritage as a precious treasure worth sharing with others and protecting.

Easily share your Murray River and Mallee stories and help protect our unique river and mallee heritage for the future.

Write about anything related to the river or mallee and include photos. From travel journals to growing up in the region. ‘56 flood stories or fun houseboat holidays. Great paddlesteamer experiences or your concerns for the health of our great river.

This digital history collection records and shares our deep connections with the Murray River and Mallee for others to appreciate and understand. This is your chance to share your Murray River and Mallee experiences.

Simply register with a few details and start your stories today.

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Stories can include (and more):

  • Accommodation
  • Adventures
  • Arts & Culture
  • Drought
  • Environmental
  • Fishing
  • General
  • Golfing
  • Heritage & History
  • Houseboating
  • Indigenous Culture
  • Kayaking & Canoeing
  • Mallee
  • National & State Parks
  • Nightlife
  • Paddlesteamers / Paddleboats
  • Restaurants & Food
  • Road Trips
  • Shopping & Retail
  • Water Based Activities
  • Water Cruises
  • Wine & Wineries

Some Great Local Stories

Unique Murray River of Honour War Trail

by Shane Strudwick on March 03, 2016
Extract: IN an Australian, and possibly world first, a Murray River War Trail will pay tribute to the regions – and people – who have played a significant role in the nation’s war efforts during the past ... read more
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Murray River Expedition - Kiss Goodbye to MS - November 2015

by Dianne Yoong on September 23, 2015
Extract: Buddhist monk and poet Thich Nhat Hanh wrote ‘Alone we are vulnerable and afraid. If we try to go to the ocean as a single drop of water, we will evaporate before we arrive. But if we go as a river, ... read more
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Building the Cobdogla Levee during the 1956 Flood

by Ruth Roberts on February 22, 2015
Extract: My father Ian Gambling was born in 1935 and had just turned 21 when he heard the call for volunteers to help build levees to save towns along the Murray River during the winter of 1956. He was still co... read more
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Celebrating 100 years at Pine Plains

by Mildura Weekly on May 12, 2014
Extract: By Alan Erskine It’s a compilation of stories from our past…colourful tales of people, places and events of our pioneering days in the Mallee and Wimmera that has wide interest from both a fami... read more
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T P Bellchambers Reserve, Apamurra SA

by Kirsty MacGregor on March 05, 2013
Extract: Thomas Paine Bellchambers 1858 1929 “There is the evil that comes from the destruction of valuable links in nature’s chain, on which man’s very existence largely hangs.” T. P. Bellchamb... read more
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Sailing Match at Milang in 1858

by Terry Sim on January 23, 2012
Extract: With the Milang to Goolwa Fresh Water Classic boat race resuming this year (2012) I thought you might be interested in the attached items from the media in the early 1800’s regarding a race from Mil... read more
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It's full steam ahead after 103 years

by Michael Milnes on September 08, 2011
Extract: The Advertiser – September 08, 2011 OSCAR W and Alma Thomas are South Australian treasures that have lived long and fruitful lives – and both are still running under their own steam. Now th... read more
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Pass the Passion: Bill Du Rieu

by Peta Martin on September 07, 2011
Extract: By Peta Martin, ABC Riverland During World War I, in 1915, South Australian Parliament legislated to give blocks of land along the Murray River to returned soldiers. It was the first state in Australia... read more
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What the river means to you: Neil Eagle, citrus grower

by Laurissa Smith on September 02, 2011
Extract: ABC Rural – 1 September, 2011 Farmer Neil Eagle has lived through his fair share of droughts and floods. As so have the river red gum forests that meander through his home town of Barham on the b... read more
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Safeguarding iconic malleefowl

by Alex Taylor on September 01, 2011
Extract: Department of Environment and Natural Resources 1 September 2011 Habitat loss through land clearing, bushfire and grazing livestock, predation by foxes and cats and even climate change have been cited ... read more
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LEAD TRACTORS IN THE 2011 WENTWORTH TRACTOR RALLY ANNOUNCED

by Cathryn Dawes on June 22, 2011
Extract: David Dawes, Chairman Wentworth District Capital Ltd. was on hand outside the Wentworth and District Community Bank Branch in Wentworth to draw the first 71 places in the Wentworth & District Commu... read more
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Go with The Flow

by Lin - on March 02, 2011
Extract: Go With The Flow Morgan Community Revival After a very successful meeting held at the Commercial Hotel last week, the business owners and members of the community have decided to mount ‘Go with t... read more
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Further restoration work at Kow Plains, Cowangie

by Jocelyn Lindner on November 23, 2010
Extract: A grant has been received through the “Regional Infrastructure Development Fund” to reinstate wallpaper & hessian ceilings in the bedroom & entrance of the Homestead, and to recons... read more
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Growing up in Echuca, a trip to the Barmah Forest

by Terry Kennedy on November 08, 2010
Extract: There were two sawmills, ‘Evans Brothers’ and the ‘Murray River Sawmill’; they exploited the red gum forest resources along the river. Many of the roads and bridges in those ti... read more
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Recollections of camping on the Murray in celebration of 30 years of Easter camps

by Murray Guardian on April 06, 2010
Extract: Back in the late 1970s a group of young men, who had all been scouts and rovers together, decided to organise a camping trip to the Murray River for the Easter break. That year, with wives and girlfrie... read more
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John Chandler Mannum Icon Remembers

by Kirsty MacGregor on February 25, 2010
Extract: Memories of Mannum from Mannum Mag John Chandler loves reading, and is surrounded by books, as well as his beautifully constructed model trains and sailing ships. Chandler’s Soft Drinks and Ice ... read more
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Memories of Mannum Ferry by Ron Bok

by Kirsty MacGregor on February 25, 2010
Extract: As told to Mannum Mag In the early 1950s when I became a Ferry Operator here in Mannum, there was only one belt-driven ferry which held 6 cars. Hydraulic operated cables only came years later, and it (... read more
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A bit of History - Growing up in the Mallee

by Marilyn Daly on February 11, 2010
Extract: Growing up in the Mallee My family came from Millewa on my mothers side, The Harveys, my father came from Broken Hill the Dalys. Most of the Harvey side are still living in Mildura and areas. First hom... read more
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Does the " Unknown Wreck" in Mannum Canoe Trail finally have a Name?

by Kirsty MacGregor on October 18, 2009
Extract: How exciting is this. A gentleman Don and his wife from Victor Harbor came in yesterday and were asking about boat wrecks and did I know any that were out there in the River? Out I get the Mannum Cano... read more
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Kevin White and houseboat trip Yarrawonga to SA Murray River

by Kevin White on October 14, 2009
Extract: Hi, I’m Kevyn, a semi retired looking for a companion to accompany me on a journey from Yarrawonga down the Murray river to SA (Berri) I have a very small house boat with the following amenities,... read more
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