Lock 1 Centenary: 100 years since the start of ‘locking’ the Murray river

On June 5 Blanchetown will come alive as people gather to mark the centenary of the Foundation Stone Ceremony at Lock 1. This was the official commencement to the program to harness the Murray River with the construction of locks and weirs. Over 100 politicians caught the train to Murray Bridge before boarding the PS Marion for the rest of the trip to Blanchetown on June 5 1915.
Watch this space for updates on the day’s events. The book ‘Harnessing the River Murray: stories of the people who built Locks 1-9, 1915 to 1935’ will officially be launched. The book comprises over 240 pages and has over 150 old photographs illustrating the work and lives of the lock builders and their families. RRP is $44.95 Order your copy here.

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