Last weekend my hometown,Mildura hosted a 100 year celebration of the Paddle steamer PS Melbourne. Approximately 40 paddlesteamers from up and down the mighty Murray river converged on the waterways at the local wharf.The Murray river is the third longest navigable river after the Nile and Amazon.The river runs 2520 kilometres beginning in the Kosicusko national park in Queensland, running down south through New South Wales an onto South Australia before discharging int the sea. The paddlesteamers were used way back in the 1800s for transporting wool, wheat and other goods up and down the Murray. The flotilla of paddlesteamers that arrived to help PS Melbourne celebrate her 100 years on the mighty river included a vast array of steamers of every size. Later on in the development of the country, railroads opened up and the use of paddlesteamers took second place, they are now primarily a tourist attraction. A number of steamers came to grief in the olden days as the river would flood and then subside, the river was always full of snags such as river gum trees which blocked their path, I went down to the riverfront to view and take pics and the crowd was estimated at 1500. I attach some pics of the various steamers that were in attendance on the day. They range from the large to the small.An old part of our history that still survives to this day, hope you enjoy.