Photographer's Note

My friend and I decided to take some night time shots along the Torrens River in Adelaide, South Australia. This is another of my first attempt at night time photography.

The River Torrens

The Torrens River currently flows from a small town in the Adelaide Hills called Mount Pleasant, meanders through Gumeracha, passes the City of Adelaide and enters the ocean at West Beach.

The river itself is approximately 85 kilometres long and has three of Adelaide’s eight reservoirs, Milbrook Reservoir, Hope Valley Reservoir and Kangaroo Creek Reservoir in it’s path.

However, the Torrens River is not what it used to be! In fact, the Torrens River didn’t actually reach the ocean until 1930!!

When Colonial William Light went in search of the Rivers exit to the sea, he found that it didn’t have one! The Torrens finished at coastal dunes, where it’s waters dissipated on the dunes. This collection or water created a vast shallow freshwater wetland, which was called The Reedbeds, named after the dominant vegetation…..REEDS.

The Torrens was Adelaides’ main sewer, which was partly to blame for outbreaks of cholera, typhus and other life threatening water borne diseases. Water was very precious in those days, even more so than today as our ancesters didn’t have pipes to carry water to their houses. Therefore, the Torrens water was usually strained through an open weave material and boiled before being used for drinking! And we think Adelaide water is bad now days!

The weir damming the Torrens today, which created the Torrens Lake in the City of Adelaide, was built in 1881. Before final completion of the weir, the river had been a small channel consisting of a series of waterholes running past the city. The main stream ran invisibly beneath the gravelly river-bed during summer months. Winter was another story! Flooding before the weir had been constructed was a common occurance. With settlers commenting, "The men would take their lanterns and go up the road and watch the water gradually rising. There was always great excitement at the time, word would come "so many inches from the top".

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