The European explorers and settlers

Green, Dayle and Connors, Libby (2004) The European explorers and settlers. In: The Darling. Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Canberra, Australia, pp. 24-51. ISBN 187683093X

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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.

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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Scanned Published version deposited with permission of Publisher. 2 print copies held in USQ Library at call no. 919.44 Dar.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2009 05:04
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2011 01:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: Darling River; Darling River Basin; history; European exploration
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity

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