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GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES REGISTER EXTRACT
22nd September 2014
Reference:   26283
Placename:   Keepit Dam
Designation:   Dam
Status:   Assigned 30th December 1966
LGA:   Gunnedah
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -30 53 00
Approx. AGD66 Long:   150 30 00
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -30 52 54
Approx. GDA94 Long:   150 30 04
Topographic Map:   Gunnedah
1:100000 Map:   Boggabri 8936
Parish:   Keepit
County:   Darling
Description:   A major dam on the Namoi River. It is 56 km W of Tamworth and 39 km NE of Gunnedah.
Meaning:   Probably means 'keep it' a derogatory remark about the apparent worthlessness of the pastoral run. It does not appear to be an Aboriginal word.
Origin:   William Sims Bell's pastoral run (1839) was 'Keepit' Williams Sims Bell's pastoral run (1848) was 'Keepit' comprising 16,000 acres with Namoi River as waterfrontage. No.21, Liverpool Plains District. He also held run No.22 of 15,000 acres, also called 'Keepit', with the Namoi River as waterfrontage.
History:   A dam constructed by the Water Conservation & Irrigation Commission on the Namoi River. OTHER COMMENTS: Ref. RAHS journals.
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