Morgan on the mighty Murray River
by David Cox
(Geelong Victoria Australia)
Landseer warehouse museum
Morgan in South Australian was established in 1878 and quickly became Australia's busiest inland port during the bustling river trade of the early 1900s.
With a busy rail line that boasted 6 trains a day from Morgan to Adelaide about 170kms away in the states south, Morgan was once the jewel on the Murray.
Gone now are the majestic river boats, barges and their crews that once dominated this area. Gone too is the rail link that once played such a integral role in South Australian history.
Today Morgan is a very different place, but with its history well preserved and on display it is a great place to visit and explore. A visit to the Landseers Warehouse will provide a snapshot into it's incredible past.
Morgan has a very clean and comfortable caravan Park right on the river bank and with 2 hotels and a small selection of specialty shops it is well worth a look.
Many of the old buildings remain and a clearly marked heritage walk is a great way to revisit this by gone era.
The Wharf was, and still remains one of the most impressive examples of its kind on the entire river Murray system.
The old station masters residence still remains a long with many other rail buildings.
A small building that sits on the banks of the river and constructed from local limestone was once the local Morgue. Erected in 1886 victims of accidents along the river were taken there by steamer prior to burial.
Camped on the banks of the beautiful river today it is hard to imagine the hardship our early pioneers endured. Morgan a great spot to spend a day or two.
Here are more of David's beautiful pictures.
The Station Masters Residence
Machinery from a by gone era
Photos copyright David Cox, Geelong, Australia. Submitted April 2011
Early morning on the river