Paddle boats on the Murray River, South Australia

Paddle boats on the Murray River, South Australia

The paddle steamers on the Murray were the b-double trucks of 150 years ago. They were the lifeblood transport of many parts of outback Australia in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. They have been on the Murray River since 1853 when William Randell launched the PS Mary Ann near Mannum in South Australia.

These pics of Murray River Paddle Boats give you a picture of what it was once like. Many of them are now diesel powered rather than steam powered, so they cannot be called paddle steamers. The are a number of true steamers left, including the PS Marion at Mannum, the oldest paddle steamer in Australia, the PS Adelaide operating in the Echuca area, and the PS Melbourne operating in the Mildura area.