Red Cliffs is on the Murray River near Mildura in NW Victoria, Australia. It will be celebrating its centenary as an irrigation settlement in Oct/Nov 2021.
It has a colourful history from it’s beginnings as a soldier settlement to the vibrantly diverse community it is today. Named for the spectacular red cliffs on the Murray River, the land was famously cleared by a massive one-of-a-kind tractor called Big Lizzie. Pumps were installed and channels constructed, with the irrigation providing a fertile environment for growing sultanas and various other fruits and vegetables. Beyond the original irrigated area, huge paddocks of broad-acre crops now grow.
The Red Cliffs and District Historical Society works to preserve this rich history and bring the full story of Red Cliffs to life!
The Society is based in the old Red Cliffs Court House building, which we run as a museum. The museum is open to the public on the first Sunday of the month between 11 and 1 (the same day as the Red Cliffs Country Market and Red Cliffs Historical Steam Railway), and by arrangement. Come and explore Red Cliffs’ history through various historical items, photographs, newspaper articles, books, maps and other memorabilia. We also have books about the district for sale.
We have produced an online map of some of Red Cliffs’ most interesting locations.
We hold meetings every month, with a theme or guest speaker. Visitors are always welcome. We produce a newsletter each month on a different theme and they are available at various shops in Red Cliffs and on the News and Meetings page. We also hold special historical events, and are preparing for the 100th birthday of Red Cliffs next year.
Contributions of any historical items relating to the Red Cliffs area or donations are greatly appreciated. Click here for more information on becoming a member.