Thursday, October 18, 2007
FRIDAYS HISTORY LESSON: MILDURA.... Lock 11
The Lock was designed and built in the 1920s and 1930s to provide pools for irrigation and allow for boats to move along the Murray River year-round regardless of water levels. Today the locks allow paddleboats, houseboats, cruise and recreational craft to move up and down the river. (There is a strange looking handle bar like device in the middle of the grass there..do you see it? This was the device that was made redundant that would have been seen in operation up until the 1970's which used to operate the Lock.)
Mildura Weir and Lock 11 are separated by an island, and are popular places for pelicans and locals who fish for carp, perch, cod and bream. Walking from one side of the river, just over the little metal walk bridge and stepping onto the other side takes you from Victoria to New South Wales. Actually, if you were to step one foot in the water you would have one foot in NSW and the other in Victoria.
Once an important trading route, the Murray River was busy with boats carrying supplies to and carting wool from the region's stations and homesteads. Today visitors can board an historic paddle steamer or paddleboat in the river towns of Mildura and Wentworth to experience this traditional form of travel and find out more about riverboat history. It truly is spectacular and romanic!!
To see the Lock in opertation just clink on my photobucket link HERE. It sure is amazing!!!