Harvey River

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Harvey River
Stirling cottage gnangarra 02.jpg
Harvey River as passes below Stirling Cottage in Harvey
Origin Mount Keats
Mouth Peel-Harvey Estuary
Basin countries Australia
Length 90 kilometres (56 mi) [1]
Avg. discharge 4,426 ML/year
Basin area 2,000 square kilometres (772 sq mi)[2]

The Harvey River is a river in Western Australia and is the southernmost of the three major waterways which drain into the Peel-Harvey Estuary, with its delta in the southern extreme of the Harvey Estuary. It is about 90 km in length, rising near Mount Keats. Due to flooding of grazing land the river was diverted to discharge directly into the ocean in 1934.

The river was first encountered by Dr Alexander Collie and Lieutenant William Preston in an expedition in November 1829. It is presumed to have been named by Governor James Stirling after Rear Admiral Sir John Harvey, who in 1818 was Commander in Chief of the West Indies Station while Stirling had served in that region.

References[edit]

  • Bradby, K (1997). Peel-Harvey. Greening the Catchment Taskforce. ISBN 0-7309-8041-3. 
  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Bureau of Rural Science - Harvey River". 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 

Coordinates: 32°46′S 115°43′E / 32.767°S 115.717°E / -32.767; 115.717