Irrigated celery crop

Large scale irrigation projects began in the late 19th century in the North West of Victoria.  Irrigation schemes, which utilise a system of dams, weirs and locks to regulate an unpredictable water supply (i.e. the Murray River) allowed farmers to plant a wider variety of food crops such as citrus and stone fruits in an area that would otherwise not support such endeavours.


Photograph, c 1900 - 1940. State Rivers and Water Supply Commission


Accession number: rwg/u2050


From the State Library of Victoria's pictures collection.


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