Blackwall Reach

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This article is about the section of the Swan River in Western Australia. For the section of the River Thames, see River Thames.
Blackwall Reach east shore cliffs viewed from the north, from Freshwater Bay, Claremont.
Blackwall Reach east shore cliffs viewed from the west.

Blackwall Reach (Jenalup in Noongar) is a section of the Swan River in Western Australia.

It was named in the 1830s and referred to that part of the river, not just one side of the river or the other. In the twentieth century, the riverside land on the eastern bank that lies just south of Point Walter was specifically called Blackwall Reach. It contains limestone cliffs,[1] and remnant vegetation adjacent to the river's edge.[2][3]

The location is a popular spot to jump off the cliffs into the river[4] and for rock climbing. However, since the creation and management of the clifftop reserve, signage advises against jumping.

Due to its location close to the ocean, unusual fish catches have sometimes occurred.[5][6]

Prior to European settlement, the area was known to the Noongar indigenous people as Jenalup, a sacred place linked to the Dreaming stories.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ J.Gentilli and V.N. Serventy (1949) The Blackwall Reach Cliffs, Swan River in The Western Australian Naturalist, vol.2, no.2, Sept 16 1949 pp.34–38
  2. ^ Smith, Vanessa; Melville (W.A.); Smith, Vanessa (1986), Blackwall Reach Reserve draft management plan, City of Melville, retrieved 21 February 2012 
  3. ^ Melville (W.A. : Municipality). Council (2004), Blackwall Reach and Point Walter Bushland management plan, City of Melville, retrieved 21 February 2012 
  4. ^ Nicolas Perpitch (16 January 2017). "Man dies after cliff jumping at Blackwall Reach into Perth's Swan River". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 16 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Unusual Fish In River". The Sunday Times. Perth: National Library of Australia. 26 June 1949. p. 3. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "CRAYFISH IN RIVER.". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 25 May 1949. p. 2. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Aboriginal History in the City of Melville". City of Melville. Retrieved 2015-07-19. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Landscaping project for the reserve – 'About Melville', Mar 1993, p. 2.
  • Dickson, Rod (1994) Ships registered in Western Australia from 1856, Vol. 4, p. 32 concerning Molly – history of the barge a 66-ton barge that collided under tow with barge "Emerald" adjacent to Blackwall Reach on 16 April 1928.

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Coordinates: 32°01′06″S 115°47′08″E / 32.0184°S 115.7855°E / -32.0184; 115.7855