The Mighty MurrayAuthor: John Nicholson
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
This title is suitable for ages 10+
Featured in the September, 2002 magazine
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A fascinating account of Australia's greatest river system, past, present and future, with many stories about the people whose lives have been bound up with the Murray. John Nicholson's spirited text and detailed illustrations present a multi-faceted account that encompasses archaeological finds and Aboriginal legends, exploration, riverboat trading, settlement, engineering, farming and conservati a highway a border a lifeline an icon The Murray starts as a trickle in the Snowy Mountains. It travels 2500 km through plain, forest and desert before reaching the sea. The Murray has been a busy trade route, with paddle steamers plying up and down, unloading at river ports; a fishing ground for Aborigines and white Australians; a highway and home for traders and travellers, hermits and hawkers, highwaymen and holiday-makers; a source of water for nearly three million townspeople, and for orchardists and other farmers, via pipes, pumps and dams; a border between two states, a network crossing one-seventh of the continent. It's part of our history and our heartland. Yet we take out 80 per cent of the water. For how long can we do this? What to do about the Murray is a question for all Australians.
This book would be a great asset for all school and municipal libraries.
Review by: Merle Morcom
Category:Children's Children's Fiction