European Settlement of the Murray–Darling Basin Student worksheet



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of the Murray–Darling Basin

Student worksheet

icon - play run the riverPlay: 1905


  1. List the things you can see in in the river catchment in the 1905 era? (eg. Dams, farms, cities)?




  1. Name three of the things that use water in this level.


  1. What effect does rainfall have on the volume of water flowing through the river.




  1. Observe your end of level ‘report card. Describe how water consumption and rainfall compared to each other over the course of the era.


icon - play run the riverPlay: 1936


  1. List the things you can see in in the river catchment in the 1936 era? (eg. Dams, farms, cities)?




  1. Name three things that the town used water for.


  1. What does the dam enable you to do?




  1. What happens to downstream water users if upstream users take lots of water?




  1. What happens to the river mouth (where the river meets the sea) if water does not flow out to sea?



icon - play run the riverPlay: 1955


  1. What features could you see in in the river system in the 1955 era? (eg. Dams, farms, cities)?




  1. What kinds of things does the farm use water for?


icon - researchResearch and find out more


  1. In November 1824, Hume and Hovell became the first Europeans to see the River Murray, near what is now Albury. Research Hume and Hovell’s journey and prepare a brochure or miniature booklet on their explorations.

Draw a ‘mud map’ outlining where they went. On your mud-map, indicate the start and finish dates of their journey, and up to ten other dates they reached locations along the way, if you can find them.

  1. Imagine that you were one of the first European explorers to reach the River Murray. Write a short narrative describing what you saw and felt when you reached the River.

  2. Name three of the irrigation districts located within the Basin.

  3. Why was the development of irrigation systems so important for the establishment of farms and communities in the Murray – Darling Basin

  4. What is meant by the term working river?

  5. Name one working river near your home.


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