The Ovens River rises in the Victorian Alps where it is linked to significant freshwater meadows and marshes. At Wangaratta it is joined by the King River and it meets the Murray near the top of Lake Mulwala.
The Ovens River is one of the last largely unregulated rivers in the Murray Darling Basin and is particularly important as a reference against which to assess the state of other lowland rivers in the region. Since Europeanisation, industries including grazing, gold mining, tobacco and plantation forestry, have bought different types of workers with new needs to the river.
There are areas where the riparian vegetation has been replaced by willows, there have been significant water quality issues and there are far too many pest fish.
These are the traditional lands of the Bangerang people and their neighbours the Taungurung and Yorta Yorta peoples. They have fished the river and surrounding waterways and hunted the wetlands and the ebb and flow of water guided their travels and featured in their stories.
(Source: Frawley, J., Nichols, S., Goodall, H. and Baker, E. 2011. Ovens: Talking fish, making connections with the rivers of the Murray‐Darling Basin. Murray‐Darling Basin Authority, Canberra.)
Item: Ovens: Oral History of Tom Cameron
Item: Ovens: Oral History of Gary Daws
Item: Ovens: Oral History of Lyall Hogg and Ollie Evans
Item: Ovens: Oral History of Adam Pascoe and Ron Dawson
Item: Ovens: Oral History of Greg Sharp
Item: Ovens: Oral History of Keith Snowden
Item: Ovens: Images from interview with Keith Snowden
Item: Ovens: Images from interview with Lyall Hogg and Ollie Evans
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