The European explorers and settlers

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Green, Dayle and Connors, Libby. 2004. "The European explorers and settlers." Breckwoldt, Roland, Boden, Robert and Andrew, Jenny (ed.) The Darling. Canberra, Australia. Murray-Darling Basin Commission. pp. 24-51
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The European explorers and settlers

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2690
Book TitleThe Darling
AuthorsGreen, Dayle (Author) and Connors, Libby (Author)
EditorsBreckwoldt, Roland, Boden, Robert and Andrew, Jenny
Page Range24-51
Number of Pages496
Year2004
PublisherMurray-Darling Basin Commission
Place of PublicationCanberra, Australia
ISBN187683093X
Web Address (URL)http://publication.mdbc.gov.au/product_info.php?products_id=124
Abstract

The Darling River Basin had been occupied by Aborigines for 30 000 years before the new white colonists pushed their way over the mountains and into the outback. For the clans that inhabited the Basin, the Darling was mapped out in stories and songs that described the rivers and the countryside. For the Europeans, the geography of the Basin was a perplexing jigsaw puzzle that took over fifty years to complete. The framework of the river system that made up this vast inland Basin was mapped out by the government appointed explorers who set off across the Divide in search of new pastures, imaginary rivers and dreams of an inland sea. The intrepid pastoralists who followed in their footsteps filled in the finer details of the landscape.

KeywordsDarling River; Darling River Basin; history; European exploration
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020430302. Australian history
410401. Conservation and biodiversity
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Byline AffiliationsDepartment of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, New South Wales
School of Humanities and Communication
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