paddle steamers - Google Search PS Marion (1897)on the Murray River. Initially built as a pleasure boat, she was sold on as a hawking boat, then finally became a passenger boat in 1914 but river patronage was declining, the war  the low water levels all took their toll on many of the boats, however the Marion steams on.

'Marion' paddle steamer on the Murray River, Victoria.

The 'Adelaide' paddle steamer above Echuca Bridge,  Murray River, Echuca, Victoria, 1937, being refitted.

The 'Adelaide' paddle steamer above Echuca Bridge, Murray River, Echuca, Victoria, being refitted.

PS Melbourne in her early days, maybe soon after her launch at Koondrook in 1912. She was built by the Victorian Government as a snagging steamer and used for all sorts of tasks along the river, not the least assisting with the building of the Tooleybuc bridge in 1923/4

PS Melbourne in her early days, maybe soon after her launch at Koondrook in 1912. She was built by the Victorian Government as a snagging steamer and used for all sorts of tasks along the river, not the least assisting with the building of the Tooleybuc bridge in 1923/4

An illustration of the explorer Charles Sturt's party being "threatened by blacks (sic) at the junction of the Murray and Darling, 1830", near Wentworth, New South Wales.

Kate Grenville's multiple-award-winning novel 'The Secret River' explores an earlier period of Australian history.navigating the past.

Old bridge crossing the Murray River

Old bridge crossing the Murray River

Bayliss, Charles, 1850-1897 Aboriginal people fishing from the banks and a bark canoe, lower Murray River near Chowilla Station, South Australia, 1886 [transparency]

Charles Bayliss June Aboriginal people fishing from the banks and a bark canoe, lower Murray River near Chowilla Station, South Australia, 1886 [transparency]

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