Mary River (Western Australia)

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Mary River
Country Australia
Main source Mount Angelo
465 metres (1,526 ft)[1]
River mouth Margaret River
254 metres (833 ft)
Physical characteristics
Length 100 kilometres (62 mi)[2]

Mary River is a river in the Kimberley of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise south of Mount Angelo, approximately 25 km south of Halls Creek. The river then flows in a westerly direction through Oollumarra Soak and discharges into Margaret River of which it is a tributary.

Mary River has nine tributaries including Laura River, Willy Willy Creek, Garden Creek, Hangman Creek and Janet Creek.

The river was named in 1884 when the area was explored by a government survey party led by Harry Johnston, who named it after his mother, Mary Johnston (1822-1893), the daughter of Marshall Waller Clifton and Elinor Bell.

The traditional owners of the areas around the river are the Djaru and Konejandi peoples.[3]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Mary River". 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 

Coordinates: 18°43′19″S 126°50′14″E / 18.72194°S 126.83722°E / -18.72194; 126.83722