True Tales of the Trout Cod and other Australian Native Fish

True Tales of the Trout Cod Videos

Spend some time with Will as he talks about what he has found in his travels accessing archives, collecting photographs, reviewing science and meeting locals to talk about fish and rivers.

At the project's completion Will had interviewed nearly 140 people ranging in age from 20 to 95 years, and collected 400 photographs as far back as 1862.The people he interviewed were saddened by the changes they had seen to the rivers and native fish. Will provides us with a window into the past that informs our present, and provides hope for the future.

It makes me so sad to see what's happening down there, it makes me cry. These days, as I drift back through the years and think about my fishing in the Murrumbidgee, I can only say it may not have been heaven, but it was next door.
- Noel Denson, Tumut, 2008

As I travelled from catchment to catchment and recalled what they had been once like it was difficult to reconcile the past with the present. Although people will have an interest in True Tales to learn what fish were once present in what streams, it is the information providing comparisons between past and present day environments which are most powerful.
- Will Trueman, September 2012

Introduction

Will Trueman introduces the True Tales of the Trout Cod: River Histories of the Murray-Darling Basin project.

Lachlan River History

Tales about native fish in the Lachlan River, west of Sydney.

Murrumbidgee River History

Tales about native fish in the Murrumbidgee Catchment, one of the three largest rivers that flow into the Murray-Darling Basin.

Goulburn River History

Tales about native fish in the Goulburn Catchment, Victoria.

Upper Murray River History

Tales about native fish in the Upper Murray, the source of the Murray River.

Lower Murray River History

Tales about native fish in the Lower Murray, the last reach of the Murray, downstream of Wentworth, NSW.

Central Murray River History part 1

Tales about native fish in the Central Murray, the inland river between Albury, NSW and Mildurra, Victoria.

Central Murray River History part 2

Tales about native fish in the Central Murray, the inland river between Albury, NSW and Mildurra, Victoria.

Ovens River History

Tales about native fish in the Ovens, which flows through north East of Victoria and enters the Murray through Yarrawonga, Victoria

Mitta Mitta River History

Tales about native fish in the Mitta Mitta, North East, Victoria.

Native Fish Summaries part 1

Will Trueman summarises the distribution and history of Native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Native Fish Summaries part 2

Will Trueman summarises the distribution and history of Native fish in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Aboriginal Stories of Native Fish

Will Trueman talks about collecting native fish stories from Aboriginal people.

Size Matters

Will Trueman talks about stories surrounding the size of catches of Trout Cod, Murray Cod, Macquarie Perch, Golden Perch, Silver Perch, Cat Fish and River Black Fish.

Educating the Next Generation

Will Trueman talks about how important education is for conserving native fish.

National Library of Australia Resources

Will Trueman talks about collecting and assembling resources for the True Tales project.

Reflecting of the Project

Will Trueman reflects on the True Tales project.

Trout Cod Conclusions

Will Trueman talks about Seven Creeks and where the Trout Cod originated.