Blanchetown - SA - Australia

Founded in 1855, Blanchetown lies to the south of Morgan and is the site of Lock and Weir no.1 on the Murray River, opened in 1929 . The River Murray is dammed by 13 locks built for the early riverboat trade. Water cascades over the lock creating an excellent feeding place for the birdlife. Pelicans and dozens of species of water birds are found diving in the water to feed. It has a population of little more than 250 and probably the most interesting building in the area is the Hotel which has been trading on its present site for 117 years. The building itself is a gem of pioneer construction with rafters shaped by a broad axe.