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Water Ledger, S R & W S Commission, Tongala, Koyuga & Kyabram Parishes, 1926-1938


Water Ledger, S R & W S Commission, Tongala, Koyuga & Kyabram Parishes, 1926-1938

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Physical description

A ledger book with green cloth covered boards, containing handwritten data. It has a brown leather panel down the spine and triangular ones across the corners. There is a raised red band with gold lettering "WATER / LEDGER" near the top of the spine, and a raised black band with gold lettering "S.R. & W.S. / COMMISSION" near the middle. "4" has been seared into the top of the spine.

Statement of significance

The Irrigation (Deniliquin and Tatura) Collection comprises a range of objects relating to the practice of irrigation in the areas of Deniliquin (NSW) and Tatura (Vic).

Australia is the driest inhabited continent. In the face of this environmental challenge, Australia has developed agricultural production utilising limited water resources via irrigation and other schemes. Irrigated agriculture accounts for 25-30 per cent of Australia's gross value of agricultural output. About 74 per cent of all water used in Australia is for irrigation.

These objects are all from the Murray-Darling Basin, which accounts for 71.1 per cent of Australia's irrigated crops and pastures. The collection illustrates a number of significant aspects of the irrigation industry, and the distribution and use of water in irrigation areas. It also reflects changes that have occurred and are continuing to occur in an industry which represents a major slice of Australian agriculture and food production. Some of the processes and activities represented by the objects are now redundant or obsolete.

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