Cultural Insight to Australia 10: Riverboats

By | July 1, 2015

Insight 10: Riverboats

The history of white settlement of Australia is just over two hundred years – not that long, really, but still, there were a lot of interesting aspects and events, since Australia is was such a strange and interesting place. Bushrangers, exploration, gold rushes, cattle drives, aboriginal conflict, and the development of a new civilization in a place which had no civilization or infrastructure whatsoever.

Speaking of infrastructure, in the 1880s, the Murray River saw the riverboat days, when steam-powered paddle-wheel riverboats cruised up and down, transporting wool, wood, and human necessities. Eventually the railways killed off this trade, but the town of Echuca still has a riverboat or two for the tourists to ride on. You might find this photograph interesting.

10. Riverboat