Gairdner River (Kimberley, Western Australia)

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Gairdner River (Kimberley)
Country Australia
Basin features
Main source Macdonald Range
122 metres (400 ft)
River mouth Glenelg River
Physical characteristics
Length 42 kilometres (26 mi)

The Gairdner River is located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The river is located in the west Kimberley, and is a 42 km long tributary of the Glenelg River.

The river has two main tributaries - Fish River and Dunedale Creek.

The Gairdner River was named in 1838 by Lieutenants George Grey and Franklin Lushington, on Grey's first disastrous exploratory expedition along the Western Australian coast.[1][2]

Grey named the river after Gordon Gairdner, Senior Clerk of the Australian and Eastern Departments in the Colonial Office, later Chief Clerk of the Colonial Office and Secretary and Registrar of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.[3]

Gairdner also had named after him, on Western Australia's south coast near Bremer Bay, another Gairdner River, Gordon Inlet and Mount Gordon.[4]


  1. ^ "Arts and Sciences - Royal Geographical Society". The literary gazette and journal of belles lettres, arts, sciences, etc (1139): 731–732. 1838-11-17. 
  2. ^ Grey, George (1841). Journals of two expeditions of discovery in North-West and Western Australia, during the years 1837, 38, and 39, describing many newly discovered, important, and fertile districts, with observations on the moral and physical condition of the aboriginal inhabitants, etc. etc. 1. London: T. and W. Boone. Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  3. ^ "Colonial Office, Downing Street, May 28, 1874." (pdf). The London Gazette (24099): 2820. 29 May 1874. Retrieved 2012-03-28. 
  4. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 2011-09-05. 

Coordinates: 15°41′21.08″S 124°44′56.16″E / 15.6891889°S 124.7489333°E / -15.6891889; 124.7489333