Arts and Culture
The Murry valley is an excellent deposit of natural value and resources. It is home to countless creative writers, artists, craft workers, etc. The Murry Valley stores artefacts from as far back as the nineteenth century. The region galleries, therefore, comprise art products showcasing the valley’s history and rich culture.
The art galleries in Murry are located in Swan Hill, Mildura, Shepparton, and Albury. They house famous paintings of Sir Frederick McCubbin. Sir Sidney Nolan and Sir Rusell Drysdale. Others are paintings of renowned local artists in the community. One particular painting at Mildura Gallery is the notable Edgar Degas’ woman bathing. The Murry Art Museum is a recently furnished place with lots of artefacts telling the history of the region.
Indigenous museums take you back to pre-colonial and colonial times through the physical objects present there. The museum tells the history of the Aborigines and their unchanged ways of life. It also shows what the valley represents and all that is surrounded by it, particularly the early inhabitants’ experience with the paddle steamers.
The valley engages in agricultural activities, which enhances the supply of certain crops in excess. The Valley inhabitants have formulated foods from these crops and produce delicacies that visitors grow to within a short period. Our drinks include beer and wines.
The Victorian icons are immortalised in Echuca. Hence, it provides more significant insights. It is difficult to pull out the Murry arts from their culture. However, they are both influenced by certain factors.
The geographical location and resource distribution are significant dictators of their way of life. For instance, the River plays a vital role in their life. The inhabitants have to engage in farming and, consequently, the irrigation process due to the soil type and water supply from the River.
By geographical implications, agriculture is inevitable. The main crops grown in the swan hill are grapes, citrus, and vegetables and are populated with irrigated fields. For unirrigated areas, the inhabitants engage in animal husbandry, especially rearing cattle and sheep and the cultivation of cereals. In Yarrawonga, agricultural activities extend from dairy and meat production to fruit gathering. In essence, this activity affects what they eat and drink and dictates Murry’s economic system.
The Murry Valley has grown over the years into a tourist place. After the Second World War, there were deliberations among representatives from fifty-two rural provinces to form a development club to reconstruct and decentralise industrialisation. Fifteen years later, there are various motels and tourist centres such as swan hill pioneer settlement and the Echuca Wharf restoration.
To improve soil fertility and aid agricultural production, the people of Murry Valley have embraced an irrigation culture. It has also been useful for animal grazing. The earliest irrigation works were carried out individually or by local trusts until 1905 when the Government began integrating various irrigation units through the water supply commission.
There were about three water-storing basins by 1928 in which were Goulburn Weir (1890), the Eildon Reservoir (1927), and Waranga Basin located at Nagambie (1910). Among these storage basins, the largest was the Eildon Reservoir of 1927, which slowly supply water to the fields. On the other hand, the Goulburn valley merged with the Murry valley to form a particular agricultural unit.