The Murray at the Albury Library-Museum

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For some people, fishing and swimming in the Millewa/Tongala is as natural as walking, and they have been doing so for thousands of years pretty much all along its entire length, from the heights near a place called The Pilot in the Kosciuszko National Park to the mouth in South Australia.

For other people, Hume and Hovell were its discoverers, and it became known as the Hume River as a dedication to Hamilton’s father, although this was renamed some 5 years later from the efforts and observations of another explorer, Charles Sturt.

Named after the Secretary of State for War and the Colonies who was based in England, the Murray River is Australia’s longest river at 2,508 official kilometres.

Many of us are very familiar with the Murray because we live near it or cross it often, while the rest of Australia’s folks might come upon it once in their lives, or at the very least have learnt about it at school if not privy to news about it through the media. From June 12, the Murray will come again to our attention through the efforts of the Library-Museum when they open an exhibition, The Murray, running until July 26.

Highlighting the exhibition will be artistic offerings to engage the senses by visual artist Vicki Luke, sound artist Joshua Salisbury-Carter, writer Kate Rotherham and Indigenous sculptor Darren Wighton.

The exhibition is free and appropriate for all ages.

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