Fitzroy River (Victoria)
The Fitzroy River is a river in southwestern Victoria, Australia. It begins near the western edge of the Lower Glenelg National Park, flows through Heywood, and enters the Southern Ocean at Tyrendarra.
The river is 54.2 kilometres (33.7 mi) in length and flows in a southeasterly and southerly direction from its source in the Cobboboonee National Park, through farmland to Heywood, then between the western edge of the Tyrendarra lava flow and the Mount Clay escarpment, and thence across a coastal plain.
Its one main tributary, Darlot Creek, 50.7 kilometres (31.5 mi) in length, flows from near Branxholme in a southerly direction through Lake Condah then along the eastern side of the Tyrendarra lava flow before joining the river close to its mouth.
The river was named Clark's River in December 1834 by Edward Henty after the first person in his party to sight it near Tyrendarra. In August 1836 Major Mitchell, who, at the time, was unaware of the presence of the Hentys at Portland Bay named it after FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan when he crossed it near the site of Heywood.  Darlots (later Darlot) Creek was named after Henry Darlot who rested cattle beside the creek in 1840 and 1841 prior to the establishment of pastoral leases in the area.
- Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Sub-Catchment P3, retrieved 2009-05-11
- Glenelg Hopkins CMA, Sub-Catchment P4, retrieved 2009-05-11
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- Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original on 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
- Learmonth, Noel F. (1970). Four Towns and a Survey. Hawthorn Press: Melbourne
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