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The River Murray region of South Australia – a short history


This ‘Regional history’ written by Susan Marsden was part 1.2 of the report Heritage of the River Murray prepared by John Dallwitz and Susan Marsden (Heritage Investigations) assisted by Peter Donovan. The published report presents a summary of a survey of heritage items and areas along the River Murray in South Australia during 1983-4 and reflects the scholarship and information available in that period. The state’s regional and thematic survey program was conceived in Marsden’s State Historic Preservation Plan: Historical guidelines (1980). That report provided guidelines for the regional surveys by heritage consultants and Heritage Branch staff that covered all of the incorporated areas of South Australia between 1981 and 2000.

The author acknowledges and thanks her report co-authors and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for permission to reproduce this history.

Susan Marsden, Part 1.2 ‘Regional history’, in John Dallwitz and Susan Marsden of Heritage Investigations assisted by Peter Donovan of Donovan and Associates, Heritage of the River Murray (South Australian State Historic Preservation Plan Regional Heritage Survey Series: Region 5), SA Department of Environment and Planning, Adelaide 1985.

Dr Susan Marsden is a professional historian (and a founding member of the PHA) who runs her own consultancy business, writing commissioned histories, recording oral histories, carrying out heritage surveys and preparing other reports, talks and exhibitions. She has worked as South Australia’s State Historian, and as National Conservation Manager for the Australian Council of National Trusts in Canberra, and has been a member of both ACT and SA Heritage Authorities as well as national heritage committees She is presently a member of the State Records Council and of the SA Heritage Council’s Register Committee. She is author/co-author of many publications, those relating to South Australia’s history and heritage including Historical guidelines (SA Historic Preservation Plan); Heritage of the River Murray; Business, charity and sentiment: the SA Housing Trust 1936–1986; Heritage of the City of Adelaide; Our house: histories of Australian homes (Internet); Challenging times: the National Trust of South Australia 1955–2005; and Twentieth century heritage survey – stage 1 (1946-59) & stage 2 (1928-45).

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