Murray Irrigation’s project to record the history of irrigation
development in the region has included the collection of oral histories
to preserve memories of
irrigation from a number of different perspectives. Themes common
to many of the oral histories include the impacts of droughts and
floods, World War II, the potential of the region with irrigation
and community development. The histories can be grouped into the
following general categories, although there is significant cross
over between the categories.
Business and other community members Sylvia
Baker – Local business woman and councillor John
Rourke – Farmer involved in privatisation of irrigation Theo
Walle – Son of migrant family working for WC&IC
Not all of the oral histories recorded have been included on the website.
The interviews provided here have been edited for clarity and conciseness,
and parts of interviews unrelated to irrigation have been omitted.
Murray Irrigation retains full transcripts and sound recordings of
all interviews. Individuals and organisations contributing to this
project have been listed the credits page (see site
credits) of this website, along with some of the references used
in compiling the history provided on this website.