Bell River (New South Wales)

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Bell River
Nandillion Ponds[1]
Watercourse
Name origin: in honour of Brevet Major Bell[2]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
IBRA South Eastern Highlands, NSW South Western Slopes
District Central West
Municipalities Cabonne, Wellington
Part of Murray–Darling Basin
Tributaries
 - left Molong Creek, Curra Creek, Blathery Creek
 - right Nubrigan Creek, Weandre Creek
Primary source Ploughman's Creek
 - location March, near Orange
 - elevation 726 m (2,382 ft)
Secondary source Broken Shaft Creek
Mouth Macquarie River
 - location Wellington
 - elevation 285 m (935 ft)
Length 146 km (91 mi)
[3]

Bell River, a watercourse that is part of the Macquarie catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, is located in the central west region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course[edit]

The river rises in the hills north-west of Orange and flows generally north past the town of Molong, joining the Macquarie River at Wellington.[1] The course of the river is generally aligned with the Mitchell Highway, with the river dropping 441 metres (1,447 ft) over its 146 kilometres (91 mi) course.[3]

Platypus have often been sighted in the lower reaches of the Bell River.[4]

History[edit]

Aboriginal history[edit]

The original inhabitants of the land surrounding the Bell River were Australian Aborigines of the Wiradjuri clan.[2]

European history[edit]

The area surrounding the Bell River was first explored by John Oxley who named the river in honour of Brevet Major Bell.[2]

Alluvial gold was discovered in and along the river in 1851, inspiring a minor gold rush, most notably near the confluence of the Nubrigan Creek with the Bell River.[5]

Minor flooding of the Bell River occurs sporadically, before its junction with the Macquarie River, including in 1920,[6] 1926,[7] and 1990 at Newrea, where the river reached 6.77 metres (22.2 ft).[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Bell River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Travel Factsheet: Wellington". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Map of Bell River, NSW". Bonzle.com. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Platypus spotting, Wellington". Macquarie River Trails. 2012. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Earp, G. Butler (1853). The Gold Colonies of Australia, Their History & Progress, With Ample Details of the Gold Mines, How To Get To Them, and Every Advice to Emigrants. London: Routledge & Co. pp. 138–145. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Western District: The Macquarie and Castlereagh". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 July 1920. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Macquarie: over the banks". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 March 1926. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Macquarie Region: Record floods". Floodsafe. NSW State Emergency Service. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 

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Coordinates: 32°33′S 148°57′E / 32.550°S 148.950°E / -32.550; 148.950