River Murray

Australia, 1964

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Early settlers were plagued by flood and drought along the Murray, today the waters are controlled by the various dams, locks and canals which have been constructed along its course. Includes the Hume Reservoir, Mulwala Canal and the channel at Frenchman’s Creek. Now floodwaters are checked, dry lands irrigated, electric power is generated, useless land can be reclaimed, and the river is navigable from the mouth to a point just beyond Mildura. The film also considers the effect of this system on the development of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.



Alan Harkness


Eric Thompson

production company

Eltham Films

Australian Commonwealth Film Unit







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Subject categories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Dams

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Murray River (N.S.W.-S. Aust.)

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → New South Wales

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → South Australia

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Victoria

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Dams

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Irrigation

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Irrigation - Murray River Region (N.S.W.-S. Aust.)

Climate, Environment, Natural Resources & Disasters → Natural history

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Canals

Communications, Infrastructure, & Transport → Dams


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Places → Murray River (N.S.W.-S. Aust.)

Places → New South Wales

Places → South Australia

Places → Victoria

Short films

Short films → Short films - Australia




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