Coorong and Lower Lakes: Oral History of Matthew Rigney


Coorong and Lower Lakes: Oral History of Matthew Rigney


An interview in three parts with Matthew Rigney.

Matthew Rigney is an Elder of the Ngarrindjeri Nation in South Australia. He discusses the culture and spirituality of his people, the changes in the waterways within the Coorong region with special regard to floods and barrages, the issues with government in gaining water for cultural flows for Indigenous peoples, traditional Ngarrindjeri land and water management, and fishing in the region.

Topics covered include: Aboriginal land and water management practices; competing views of Aboriginal and Eurocentric viewpoints regarding the environment and economy; Indigenous connection to land; cultural flows; Cultural Water Access Licences, Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations (MLDRIN); Ngarrindjeri Regional Authority.


Heather Goodall
Jodi Frawley


University of Technology, Sydney


Murray-Darling Basin Authority
NSW Department of Primary Industries - NSW Fisheries


Copyright University of Technology, Sydney



Access Rights

Restricted access.

Electronic records have been made private as per the request of Matthew Rigney's family. As part of our data access requirements, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Data Archive (located at the University of Technology, Sydney) requires an applicant to sign an undertaking before access to material can be approved. These undertakings may include a request for information about the intended use of the data. The depositor and/or family may be informed of the application.

Preliminary applications may be made to:




Mediated access. Since Mr Rigney's passing, his family have requested restricted access. Originally, Mr Rigney requested conditional access restrictions but had not specified what they were.


Jodi Frawley


Matthew Rigney


Camp Coorong, South Australia


Part 1 00:20:29
Part 2 00:20:11
Part 3 00:14:48

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