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The plaque recognises the River Murray Barrages as a National Engineering Landmark.

The Institution of Engineers Australia, through its Heritage Committees, established the Australian Historic Engineering Plaquing Program to acknowledge past engineering achievements and to draw public attention to the significant contributions they have made to society. The Plaquing Program is a means of bringing public recognition to significant historic engineering works and the engineers who created them. The Program is intended to contribute to the conservation of Australian engineering heritage.


Address:Beacon 19 Boat Ramp Road, Goolwa Barrage, Goolwa, 5214
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.528561
Long: 138.808168
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:2001
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National Engineering Landmark
The Institution of Engineers, Australia

River Murray Barrages 

The barrages were designed and constructed by the Engineering and Water Supply Department of South Australia between 1935 and 1940, and funded by the Governments of the Commonwealth of Australia and the states of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia under the River Murray Waters Agreement. 

Their type and scale are unique in Australia.  They maintain fresh water in Lakes Alexandrina and Albert and stabilise water levels to allow irrigation of adjacent and upstream lands, whilst river floods pass through the concrete sluice and gate sections.  A lock in the Goolwa barrage permits the passage of large vessels and a lock in the Tauwitchere Island barrage caters for small boats.  Without the barrages, the growth of Adelaide and the supply of water from the lower river to the lower South-East of the state would not have been feasible.

Dedicated by the Institution of Engineers, Australia, Murray-Darling Basin Commission and South Australian Water Corporation.  


Source: MA
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