The Murray Shire region was developed in the 1840s by squatters following the route of the overlanders as they drove cattle from Sydney to Adelaide in the late 1830's.
From the 1860's onwards, the selectors, mainly from Victoria, moved onto the squatter's land, their interest agriculture. The settlements of Moama and Mathoura survived over the years as centres for the movement of agriculture produce and the growth of the timber industry.
The area covered by the Shire of Murray today is unique. The Cadell Fault, which changed the course of the Murray River about 30,000 years ago, traverses the area from north to south. The Murray River system supports one of the largest red gum forests in the world.
The Shire has grown into a progressive and diversified economic region with a future as exciting as its past.
A full history of the Murray Shire is available in its Publication "Galleries of Pink Galahs". Copies can be purchased from the:
- Murray Shire Offices in Mathoura (21-25 Conargo Street) and Moama (6 Meninya Street); and
- Mathoura Visitor and Business Centre (Cobb Highway).