Berckelman River

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Berckelman River
Origin Harding Range
Mouth Sale River
Basin countries Australia
Length 28 kilometres (17 mi)
Source elevation 285 metres (935 ft)[1]
Mouth elevation 138 metres (453 ft)

The Berckelman River is a river in the Kimberley of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise in the Harding Range and flow in a north-westerly direction before discharging into the Sale River, of which it is a tributary.

The river was named the Berckelman on 13 June 1865 by Trevarton Charles Sholl while on an exploratory expedition from the short-lived Camden Harbor settlement (in Camden Sound).[2][3] Sholl named the river after his mother, Mary Ann Sholl, née Berckelman (1822-1889).[4]

TC Sholl's father RJ Sholl was the Government Resident of the North District: all of the Colony of Western Australia north of the Murchison River. TC Sholl was his father's Clerk, Tidewaiter, Postmaster and Assistant Registrar for the North District. At the time, the Government Resident's office was based at Camden Harbor,[5] but was transferred to the Tien Tsin Harbor (later Cossack) area in November 1865.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Berckelman River". 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Explorations in the Camden Harbour District". The Inquirer & Commercial News. 26 Sep 1865. p. 3. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Local and Domestic Intelligence". The Inquirer & Commercial News. 18 Jan 1865. p. 2. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 

Coordinates: 16°03′37″S 123°53′47″E / 16.06028°S 123.89639°E / -16.06028; 123.89639