Buller River (Western Australia)

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Buller River
Mouth Indian Ocean
Basin countries Australia
Length 10 kilometres (6 mi)
Source elevation 142 metres (466 ft)
Mouth elevation sea level
Avg. discharge 587.4 Megalitres/year[1]
Basin area 33.9 square kilometres (13 sq mi)[2]

The Buller River is a river in the Mid West of Western Australia, near Geraldton.

The river is a short coastal stream of around 10 km length just to the north of Geraldton, in the Drummond Cove and Oakajee areas. The headwaters of the river are 25 kilometres (16 mi) north of Geraldton. The Buller flows in a southerly direction, initially following the east side of the North West Coastal Highway to a point 4 kilometres (2 mi) north of Drummond Cove, where it turns to the west, to discharge into the Indian Ocean.

History[edit]

The Buller River was named on 7 April 1839 by the explorer George Grey while on his second disastrous expedition along the Western Australian coast,[3] probably after Charles Buller M.P., an associate of Edward Gibbon Wakefield and Grey's friend William Hutt (brother of the 2nd Governor of Western Australia, John Hutt), and an active parliamentary proponent of the free colonization of South Australia, Western Australia and New Zealand.[4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Site Summary Report: Site 701006 Buller River". Water Resources Data - Streamflow Sites. Government of Western Australia Department of Water. 20 Jul 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Total Annual Discharge report: Site 701006 Buller River". Water Resources Data - Streamflow Sites. Government of Western Australia Department of Water. 20 Jul 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Grey, George (1841). Journals of two expeditions of discovery in North-West and Western Australia, during the years 1837, 38, and 39, describing many newly discovered, important, and fertile districts, with observations on the moral and physical condition of the aboriginal inhabitants, etc. etc. 2. London: T. and W. Boone. p. 26. Retrieved 17 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Latest English News: New Colony". The Sydney Herald. 30 Oct 1834. p. 1. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "The Inquirer". The Inquirer. 24 Jan 1844. p. 2. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Temple, Philip (2002). A Sort of Conscience: The Wakefields. Auckland: Auckland University Press. p. 386. ISBN 978-1869403072. Retrieved 11 April 2012. 

Coordinates: 28°38′11″S 114°36′18″E / 28.63639°S 114.60500°E / -28.63639; 114.60500