Markham River

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The Markham in its entirety, looking due West from near its source
Country Papua New Guinea
 - location Finisterre Range, Papua New Guinea
 - elevation 475 m (1,558 ft)
 - coordinates 6°6′30″S 146°11′30″E / 6.10833°S 146.19167°E / -6.10833; 146.19167
 - location Huon Gulf, Papua New Guinea
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 6°44′20″S 146°58′5″E / 6.73889°S 146.96806°E / -6.73889; 146.96806Coordinates: 6°44′20″S 146°58′5″E / 6.73889°S 146.96806°E / -6.73889; 146.96806
Length 180 km (110 mi) approx.
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Location of the Markham River

The Markham River is a river in eastern Papua New Guinea. It originates in the Finisterre Range and flows for 180 km (110 mi) to empty into the Huon Gulf at Lae.

The river was named in 1873 by Captain John Moresby, R.N., in honour of Sir Clements Markham, then Secretary of the Royal Geographical Society.[1] A single-lane steel bridge, 1690 feet long – by far the longest bridge built in Papua until that time – was opened in January 1955.[2]


  1. ^ Souter, Gavin (1963). New Guinea: The Last Unknown. Angus & Robertson. p. 77. ISBN 0-207-94627-2.
  2. ^ Staff writers (31 January 1955). "N.G.'s Biggest Bridge Opened". The Age. Melbourne. Retrieved 19 July 2016 – via open access publication – free to read