Photograph 7495694
Many post-war migrant are among 30 000 people who live in the NSW Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, regarded as the richest 600 square miles of country in Australia. The area has more than 2 000 farms producing annually 10 000 000 Pounds worth of fat lambs, rice, beef, wheat, fruit and vegetables. Water for the farms comes along a 100-mile canal from the Murrumbidgee River and flows through more than 2 000 miles of channels to the fields. Italian migrant Luciano Pianca, 30 is an engineer-welder in a workshop near the town of Yenda, in the MIA. The work-shop makes locally designed earth moving machines for cutting irrigation channels and building earth banks around irrigated rice fields. February 1959

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A12111, 1/1959/16/138A
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