The Murray River here in Australia, has since the 1800s, been a major part of the early development of the Australian outback,wheat growing and wool industry.
The mighty Murray river, was the greatest means of opening up Australia;s vast expanses to the new world of trade and commerce.
It transported wool, wheat, Sheep and new settlers,the river crosses three states, South Australia, New South Wales and Victoria.
The means of transportation back in those olden days, was the Paddle steamers that bought the river to life.
We had many beautiful steamers that plied the river across three states, many stories tell of days of colonial adventures, Steamers getting blocked on the Murray for months in the drought times, when no water was flowing.
There were seasons when the river had swollen due to floods, when the Captains of the paddlesteamers lost all track of the actual river, and as the floods receded, found themselves high and dry many miles away from the river itself.
The Steamers had many beautiful names at that time, some are called Ps Ruby, Ps Melbourne, Pv Rothbury. Pv Mundoo and our own Ps Avoca.
Beautiful ladies that still float the Murray to this day, not transporting goods and chattels, roads and rail and progress has taken over.
Our lovely Paddle steamer Avoca has been in dock for a while, with a recent sale her future was to become a floating restaurant.
Unfortunately a few weeks back, due to a problem, the Avoca began to sink, there are plans to raise the old lady, and once again, give her pride of place on the great Australian Murray river.
I share these pictures with you.