Visiting South Australia for the Barmera Country Music Festival last year, I spent some time exploring the Murray River. It was here that I first heard tales of Geordie Johnston, the legendary river captain and boatbuilder, who in 1855 became the first man to sail a paddle steamer from Adelaide to Albury, over a thousand miles up the Murray. Australians are, by nature, entrepreneurial and Geordie Johnston was the epitome of the bloke who was prepared to "have a go". This song of Geoff's is a tribute to one of our great pioneers; a man of whom too many Australians are largely unaware.
Geordie Johnston lived for the river, and the paddleboats he made