Every river has a story and these ever changing landscapes are, and have been, a lifeline for so many. The Murray Darling Basin stretches across four states in Australia and is home to the country’s three longest rivers, the Murray, the Darling, and the Murrumbidgee.
From significant Aboriginal beginnings, paddles steamer trade routes, to a place, which has developed its own culture, it is now a myriad of natural destination like no other. As far as records date back, many river stories have evolved and have been recorded as to the men who played a major role in development with the contribution of women overlooked.
The Women of the River Country Exhibition has been developed by the volunteers and staff of the Mannum Dock Museum, and it allows people to follow the journey of 19 remarkable women from across the Murray Darling Basin, and discover how they have shaped history along our these mighty rivers.
Why was the first paddle steamer named the Maryann? Who was the first river captain? Did you know that one of our nation’s greatest tennis stars came from the River Country?
Due to funding the Mannum Dock Museum have been able take their exhibition to the people in the form of a travelling exhibition, which over several years, visits 14 destinations.
1/9/16 – 30/10/16 – Port of Echuca Discovery Centre (VIC)
4/11/16 – 4/12/16 – Albury Library Museum (NSW)
8/12/16 – 22/1/17 – Elyne Mitchell Library, Corryong (VIC)
1/2/17 – 15/3/17 – The Village, Loxton (SA) – to be rescheduled later (TBA)
18/3/17 – 27/4/17 – Old Police Station, Goolwa (SA)
1/5/17 – 21/6/17 – Olivewood, Renmark (SA)
24/6/17 – 16/8/17 – Mildura Arts Centre (VIC)
19/8/17 – 11/10/17 – Wentworth Visitor Information Centre (NSW)
16/10/17 – 11/12/17 – SA Maritime Museum Port Adelaide (SA)
1/2/18 – 16/3/18 – The Pioneer Settlement, Swan Hill (VIC)
4/5/18 – 10/6/18 – Murray Bridge Regional Gallery (SA)
20/6/18 – 20/9/18 – Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney (NSW).
1/10/18 – 15/12/18 – Swan Reach Town Hall (SA)
19/12/18 – 28/2/19 – Landseer Museum, Morgan (SA)
For those who’d like to know more about these incredible women, there is a booklet with the long versions of the profiled women available for sale at the Mannum Visitor Information Centre for $25.00.
Entry is free
CURRENT VENUE (until Monday 24 April 2017)
Currently on at the South Coast Regional Arts Centre, Goolwa, SA
phone: (08) 8555 7000