Harvey River

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Harvey River
Stirling cottage gnangarra 02.jpg
Harvey River as passes below Stirling Cottage in Harvey
Country Australia
Basin
Main source Mount Keats
River mouth Peel-Harvey Estuary
Basin size 2,000 square kilometres (772 sq mi)[1]
Physical characteristics
Length 90 kilometres (56 mi)[2]
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    4,426 ML/a (0.1403 m3/s; 4.953 cu ft/s)

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. ^ "Bureau of Rural Science - Harvey River" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-25. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 

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