Mary River (Western Australia)

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Mary River
Origin Mount Angelo
Mouth Margaret River
Basin countries Australia
Length 100 kilometres (62 mi) [1]
Source elevation 465 metres (1,526 ft)[2]
Mouth elevation 254 metres (833 ft)

Mary River is a river in the Kimberley of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise south of Mount Angelo, approximately 25 km south of Halls Creek, the river then flows in a westerly direction through Oollumarra Soak and discharges into Margaret River of which it is a tributary.

Mary River has nine tributaries including; Laura River, Willy Willy Creek, Garden Creek, Hangman Creek and Janet Creek.

The river was named in 1884 when the area was explored by a government survey party led by Harry Johnston, who named it after his mother, Mary Johnston (1822-1893), the daughter of Marshall Waller Clifton and Elinor Bell.

The traditional owners of the areas around the river are the Djaru and Konejandi peoples.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Mary River". 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 

Coordinates: 18°43′19″S 126°50′14″E / 18.72194°S 126.83722°E / -18.72194; 126.83722