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GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES REGISTER EXTRACT
15th November 2018
Reference:   24285
Placename:   Horton River
Designation:   River
Status:   Assigned 22nd September 1967
LGA:   Gwydir
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -30 03 00
Approx. AGD66 Long:   150 22 00
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -30 02 54
Approx. GDA94 Long:   150 22 04
1:100000 Map:   Gravesend 8938
Parish:   Horton
County:   Murchison
Description:   A perennial stream rising on the northern slopes of the Nandewar Range to the east of Mount Kaputar. It flows east south east for about 17.5 km, E of N for about 27 km where it is joined by Cobbadah Creek. west of North for about 15 km where it is joined by Rocky Creek, then generally north for about a further 32 km where it joins the Gwydir River about 19 km north-west of Bingara.
Origin:   Named by the explorer Allan Cunningham on July 7, 1827, in honour of Robert Wilmot Horton, politician, public servant and pamphleteer, and Fellow of the Royal Society. (Atchison, 1976).
History:   As parlimentary Under-Secretary in the Coloniel Department in London from 1821, Horton had exercised a powerful influence in the events which led to the pastoral development of northern NSW in the 1820's.
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