Angelo River

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Angelo River
Origin Ophthalmia Range
Mouth Ashburton River
Basin countries Australia
Length 202 kilometres (126 mi)
Source elevation 922 metres (3,025 ft)[1]
Mouth elevation 297 metres (974 ft)

The Angelo River is a river in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The river rises in the hills to the western side of the Ophthalmia Range and flows in a southerly direction before veering east near Kundering Range and past the Angelo River Mine and Angelo River prospect, a Uranium deposit[2] then finally discharging into the Ashburton River of which it is a tributary.

The river has six tributaries including; Indabiddy Creek, Bukardi Creek and Kennedy Creek.

The river was named in 1887 by Robert McPhee, who was prospecting the area at the time. He named the river after Colonel Fox Angelo who was the government resident in Roebourne and later became the Superintendent of Rottnest Island.[3]

Indigeous Australians, the Ngarlawongga and Banjima peoples, have dreamtime songs involving the origin of the black river goanna which is believed to have been created in the river. Likewise the black-headed python is believed to have been created in Indabiddy creek.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Angelo River". 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Miscellaneous Uranium Prospects in Western Australia". 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Water Department of WA - We used to get our water free". 2004. Retrieved 22 August 2010. 

Coordinates: 23°42′30″S 117°44′48″E / 23.70833°S 117.74667°E / -23.70833; 117.74667