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, and remnant vegetation adjacent to the river's edge.
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- 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.
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- 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.
- Blackwall Reach Climbing Association of Western Australia
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