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River pays a heavy price for man's early progress

Zekulich, M. (1989) River pays a heavy price for man's early progress. The West Australian, 4 February 1989. p. 4 [Publication] [Special Collections]

Summary

Newspaper article by Mike Zekulich.

Looks at the Blackwood River and the families who have farmed along the river for generations. Firstly, a picture of what the river looked like before white settlement, the various types of flora and fauna native to the river are explored. Next, a discussion of the salinity problem and the impact on farming. Several pioneering families contribute to the article, including the Doust and Meares families.

There is an optimistic view of the region as a rural tourist location, finishing with the restoration of the Old Rectory in Bridgetown into a restaurant with an international flair.

This article contains five following photographs by Graeme Dalton: 12 year old Steven Marrs canoeing with his dog, Gunnu; Ted Doust at the site of the former Winnijup School; Tom Wheatley with a regenerating karri tree; Walley Mears and his dog, Jim, sitting in a washed out river crossing; and Nabil Anti outside the refurbished Old Rectory. There is also a photograph of the Doust family pioneers, likely provided by the Doust family.

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This article is part of the WISALTS (Whittington Interceptor Sustainable Agriculture Land Treatment Society Incorporated) Collection.

Item Type: Special Collections
Collection: WISALTS Collection
Copyright: ©1989 The West Australian
Notes: 1 newspaper clipping
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/55897
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