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The most western river in NSW is the Darling River with the main highway heading west crossing it at the old river port of Wilcannia.
The main photo shows the old (now pedestrian only) vertical lift span bridge which opened in 1890. Until the railway networks extended to the river wool and all supplies were shifted by paddle steamers requiring bridges to have a lift section for the boats to travel under.
The biggest problem for the river trade was that the river would stop flowing during droughts and boats could get stranded up the river for a year or more.
Being the main port for that area there are also quite a few impressive old buildings. In the WS is one of the court house and police station as well as one of the buildings opposite.
Today the town is quiet and far from prosperous with a population of about 750.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4247 W: 102 N: 11969] (49617)
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