- /ˈrɛnmak/ (say 'renmahk)
a town in south-eastern SA on the Murray River; irrigation area of 7000 ha.
Renmark lies in territory traditionally inhabited by the Meru people. It is the location of Australia's oldest irrigation settlement, begun by the Chaffey brothers in 1887 after they were granted land here on which to test their scheme. The village was founded in 1887, and the Renmark Irrigation Trust Office was built in 1888–93, originally as the Chaffey brothers' office. After the Chaffeys went bankrupt in 1892–93 a local government trust was set up to administer the scheme. The irrigation area is now the largest in SA, producing wine, table grapes and citrus and stone fruits. Renmark was also a major port for paddle-steamers.
Australian English dictionary. 2014.
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