Look back at drought times
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