Macquarie River (Tasmania)

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Name origin: Lachlan Macquarie
Country Australia
State Tasmania
Region Midlands (Tasmania)
Part of South Esk River
 - left Tooms River, Blackman River, Isis River, Lake River
 - right Elizabeth River
Settlement Ross
Source Tooms Lake
 - location Hobgoblin
 - elevation 606 m (1,988 ft)
 - coordinates 42°1′54″S 147°45′53″E / 42.03167°S 147.76472°E / -42.03167; 147.76472
Mouth South Esk River
 - location Longford
 - elevation 189 m (620 ft)
 - coordinates 41°35′14″S 147°7′31″E / 41.58722°S 147.12528°E / -41.58722; 147.12528Coordinates: 41°35′14″S 147°7′31″E / 41.58722°S 147.12528°E / -41.58722; 147.12528
Length 189 km (117 mi)
Macquarie River (Tasmania) is located in Tasmania
Macquarie River (Tasmania)
Location of the Macquarie River mouth in Tasmania

The Macquarie River (Indigenous palawa kani: tinamarakunah[2](pron. teen.ner.mair.rer.koon.ner)) is a major perennial river located in the Midlands region of Tasmania, Australia.

Location and features[edit]

The Macquarie River rises below Tooms Lake, near Hobgoblin and flows generally south and then north-west and through the town of Ross before reaching its confluence with the South Esk River near Longford. The Tooms, Blackman, Elizabeth, Isis and Lake rivers all are tributaries of the Macquarie.[3] The river descends 472 metres (1,549 ft) over its 189-kilometre (117 mi) course.[1]

The traditional custodians of the Macquarie River Valley were the Tyerrernotepanner (chera-noti-pahner) Clan of the North Midlands Nation.[4] The Tyerrernotepanner were a nomadic people who traversed country from the Central Plateau to the Eastern Tiers but were recorded as inhabiting 'resorts' in the Macquarie Valley at Ross, Ellenthorpe Hall, Glen Morriston and Tooms Lake/moyentaliah.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Map of Macquarie River, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  2. ^ Taylor, John (1996). "Dictionary of Palawa place names". State Library of Tasmania/Riuwanna - UTAS: 72.
  3. ^ "Macquarie River and South Esk River Catchments". EPA Division. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment. Archived from the original on 20 August 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011.
  4. ^ Plomley, Brian (1990). Tasmanian Tribes and Cicatrices as tribal indicators among the Tasmanian Aborigines. Launceston, Tasmania: QVMAG. p. 24.
  5. ^ Kee, Sue (1990). Midlands Aboriginal Archeological Survey. Hobart, Tasmania: National Parks, Wildlife and Heritage Occasional Paper no 28. ISBN 07246 1738 8.