Silcrete from Lake Mungo

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July 2014: Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area

Visiting the excavations at the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area and seeing fish middens, burnt hearth sediment and sun setting over the dunes of Lake Mungo. To learn more visit the My Mungo webpage.

 

Overland Corner

The Overland Corner is a nature reserve managed by the National Trust of South Australia and is situated on the Murray River at the Heron Bend Cliffs. The limestones that make up the cliffs are full of fossil oysters, lace corals, sea urchins, lamp shells, snails, cones and cowries. The layering of the cliffs indicate the presence of a warm shallow sea some 15 million years ago and then the retreat of that sea around 5 million years ago, leaving a river and creek system in its place. There are three short self guided walks which take you to quarries where you can see the changing geology and fossils, with bonus Aboriginal sites like canoe trees and an ochre quarry and 19th century hotels, police stations and cemeteries.

Source: The Geological History of Overland Corner, National Trust of South Australia.

June 2014 – Kulcurna Station

Beaut lunch at Kulcurna Station, currently owned by the Hansens. Goat stew, golden syrup dumpling, river gums, the red cliffs of the Murray River.  Back in the day, one of the homestead owners developed drought resistant strains of wheat and put crops in the bed of the river during times of drought (Hansen 2010, Postcards SA). Sadly my camera died so no photos but you can check out Kulcurna’s blog or their photo  gallery or a Kulcurna postcard or sunphio’s Kulcurna flickr album

 

June 2014 – Moorna Station

Moorna Station. Source: Wentworth Shire Council (http://www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au/heritage/study/appendix5.php?id=76)

One of the stops on our tour of the Murray River was Moorna Station. The Moorna Homestead on the station was constructed in 1869 on the Murray River by William Crozer, near to the remains of Moorna town which was once the administrative centre of the Wentworth Shire and an important paddleboat wharf in the 1850s. Today it is a working property owned and managed by Annabel Walsh, a member of the Australian Rangeland Society, whose passion for land management has led to innovations in timed grazing, improving carbon content in soils and taken her to countries such as Mongolia to promote  healthy rangelands. To see more pictures of life on Moorna Station, visit the Land and to read more about the significance of the Moorna homestead and the history Wentworth Shire, visit the Wentworth Shire Council.

June 2014 – Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria, downstream of the Murray-Darling river junction in New South Wales, fed by Frenchman’s Creek, an anabranch of the Murray River, flows into the Rufus River. The Lake became regulated in 1928 and is now operated by the South Australia Water Corporation on behalf of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission. The lake retained water over the last 10,000 years at a time when many of the inland lakes were drying up in this arid region.It provided an off river storage and is used to store surplus water which can then be used to regulate the flow of water into South Australia and to manage salinity. The Lake is significant as it, its lunette and the surrounding creeks and rivers, hold an important cultural and archaeological record of the last 16,000 years of human occupation, from shell middens dating to 17,000 BP to the history of the Rufus River massacre of 1841 to the Barkindji people’s continuing connection to the lake. The archaeological record includes an enormous number of Aboriginal burials, shell middens, campsites and stone artefacts. Many sites have been inundated by the water storage and work is ongoing by the Murray Darling Basin Commission and the Aboriginal community to preserve and repatriate burials when they become exposed. TheDepartment of Environment provides a leaping off point to explore more about indigenous involvement in the management of Lake Victoria.

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March 2014 – River walk along the Murrumbidgee at Balranald

It was a dark and stormy afternoon along the Murrumbidgee River.

It was a dark and stormy afternoon along the Murrumbidgee River.