History of the Lower Lakes and Coorong

Check out the LakesNeedWater Blog for newspaper articles from the 1930's.

Read oral history interviews of what life was like before the barrages.


A Timeline of River Murray history from 1802-2004 is available at the State Library of South Australia.

From the book "For They Were Fishers" a history of the South Australian Fishing Industry by Evelyn Wallace-Carter .  With excerpts from her book about the Lakes and the Coorong

Alexandrina Library Oral History transcripts

    Interview with Jim Marsh Goolwa Barrage superintendent

    Interview with Bert Lundstrom

    Interview with Syd Smith

    Interview with W.A. Pretty 

    Interview with Richard Spencer

    Interview with Harold Bedford

Excerpts from the above interviews here. 

Photos of the building of the Barrages in 1930-40

Link to the whole album http://images.slsa.sa.gov.au/mpcimg/59500/B59473.htm

Photos of mulloway pre 1950's


Fisherman holding a 91 lb Mulloway at Milang


circa 1938




You can also search the National Archive of Australia through 'Trove'