Look back at drought times

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

Aus­tralia’s harsh ter­rain was per­haps best cap­tured in Dorothea Mackel­lar’s 1908 poem My Coun­try ,in which she re­flected on a sun­burnt coun­try, a land of sweep­ing plains and of droughts and flood­ing rains, while home­sick in Eng­land.

In the north-east of Vic­to­ria, we are prone to drought more than most. It is a repet­i­tive cy­cle and one we have adapted to live through.

One lo­cal res­i­dent, who has seen plenty of droughts dur­ing his time in the area, is for­mer truck driver Ron Camp­bell.

‘‘I would say we’re in what I would de­scribe as a green drought at the mo­ment,’’ he said.

He can vividly re­call hor­ri­ble con­di­tions from when he was a child.

‘‘I can re­mem­ber the dust bowls com­ing through here in 1948 and 1955 when you would have to clean your wind­screen three times just get­ting from Co­bram to Yar­ra­wonga,’’ Mr Camp­bell said.

Now in drought once again, Mr Camp­bell thought peo­ple might be in­ter­ested in com­par­ing con­di­tions now to the bar­ren land faced by lo­cals back in 1997 and 1998, by shar­ing a se­lec­tion of pic­tures he cap­tured at the time.

Hume Weir in Al­bury, 1998

Dry-look­ing Thomp­sons Beach, Co­bram, 1997

Mur­ray River arm, 1998 drought

Mur­ray River arm, road to Cor­ry­ong, 1998

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