History of the Lower Lakes and Coorong with timeline
There were conflicting interests between the early farmer settlers, pastoralists, and fishers during white settlement in South Australia.
Below is a collection of online historical records regarding the early development of the state of South Australia as it relates to the region of the Lower Lakes and Coorong. Knowing who wrote the history enhances our understanding of the past.
Information from various sources is presented in the form of a timeline with different views represented by three different bands. The top band from the SA State Library website with click through links to their pages.
The middle band is a collection of historical references from people associated with the fishing industry in South Australia. There are excerpts from Evelyn Wallace-Carter's book "For They Were Fishers" regarding the fishing industry around the Lower Lakes and Coorong. Events from the report "The Coorong - A multi-species fishery Part 1 - History and Development' by A.M. Olsen have been included. There are also oral interviews recorded by the Alexandrina Library Local History project of individuals who lived in the area pre-barrage time.
The bottom band are the dates from the pamphlet "A Fresh History of the Lakes; Wellington to Murray Mouth, 1800's to 1935" by Sim and Muller.
Scroll along the timeline with your mouse or left/right arrow keys.
Click here for a map of the region with markers from the effects of the drought and the barrages holding back seawater. Zooming into the map brings up satellite images from 2009.
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.
The report "The Coorong - A multi-species fishery Part 1 - History and Development'.
Author: A.M. Olsen .
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
This page is a work in progress as more sources are located.