Peel River (New South Wales)
Peel River at Nundle
|Etymology||in honour of Sir Robert Peel|
|State||New South Wales|
|Region||IBRA: New England Tablelands|
|Source||Liverpool Range, Great Dividing Range, and Mount Royal Range|
|⁃ location||south of Nundle|
|⁃ elevation||743 m (2,438 ft)|
|Mouth||confluence with the Namoi River|
|south of Keepit Dam|
|286 m (938 ft)|
|Length||210 km (130 mi)|
|River system||Murray–Darling basin|
The river rises on the northern slopes of the Liverpool Range, at the junction of the Great Dividing Range and Mount Royal Range, south of the village of Nundle, and flows generally north, west and north west and emerges into the Liverpool Plains near Tamworth. The Peel River is joined by thirteen tributaries, including the Cockburn River, and flows through Chaffey Dam before reaching its mouth at the confluence with the Namoi River; dropping 457 metres (1,499 ft) over its course of 210 kilometres (130 mi).
The Peel River was first discovered by European settlers in 1818 by John Oxley and named by Oxley in honour of Sir Robert Peel, an important British politician at the time of its discovery by British settlers in Australia.
The famous Australian freshwater native fish Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii, was named after the Peel River by Major Mitchell, who sketched and scientifically described and named one of the numerous Murray cod his men caught from the river on his 1838 expedition.
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- "Peel River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "Map of Peel River". Bonzle.com. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "Tamworth rail bridge over Peel River". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01058. Retrieved 2 June 2018.