Harnessing the River Murray

Monday 21 October 2019

Harnessing the River Murray

Presented by Helen Stagg

Helen’s paper takes a journey through the research for her book, Harnessing the River Murray: stories of the people who built Locks 1 to 9, 1915-1935.* She reveals her motivation to record the stories and experiences of people who did not get the chance to author their own story. Her presentation will include some of the first-hand accounts and oral history which informed her research, including a ‘metaphorical literary time-capsule’ of letters written by children on the locks in the 1920s.

Helen Stagg grew up in Mildura, Victoria and graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Arts, followed by a Diploma of Education. In 2010, Helen obtained her Masters in History and self-published her book on the locks. Helen has presented papers at national and state history conferences and published in various peer-reviewed journals.

*Available for purchase on the night, $44.95 (cash only)

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43121/10/2019

Harnessing the River Murray

Presented by Helen Stagg

Helen’s paper takes a journey through the research for her book, Harnessing the River Murray: stories of the people who…

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