Any of the creeks up here, if there was a hole 6 foot deep there was cod in them. If there was a willow tree or logs you were sure to catch a cod in them. The Jeremal, Cudgewa, Corryong, they all had cod in them. The locals talked about all the cod and bream in the Mannus falls.
– Tom Jarvis, 2006.
Traveling the Upper Murray
The Queenslander, 19 July 1879
“An hour’s ferreting through the almost impenetrable scrub of this gully brought me at last to the valley, and I stood on the brink of the ‘young Murray.’ Those who have only seen this, Australia’s finest river, in its ugliest portion – that is, where it flows through the level country from, say, Echuca to Swan-hill, or even further, to the junction of the Murrumbidgee – can have no idea of the beautiful, bright, mountain rivulet it is in this valley. I have travelled its whole length, even almost every mile, from its extreme source at Kosciusko’s foot to its embouchure into Lake Alexandrina in South Australia, and a more interesting journey I cannot conceive any naturalist to take.”
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