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GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES REGISTER EXTRACT
16th September 2014
Reference:   3088
Placename:   Barwon River
Designation:   River
Status:   Assigned 26th June 1970
Previous Names:   Darling River (Part)
Upper Darling River
GNB File:   GNB634
LGA:   Moree Plains
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -28 50 09
Approx. AGD66 Long:   149 05 34
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -28 50 03
Approx. GDA94 Long:   149 05 38
Topographic Map:   Caloona
1:100000 Map:   Warraweena 8138
Parish:   Several
County:   Narran
Description:   A perennial stream forming portion of the headwaters of the Darling River. It receives its identity at the junction of the Macintyre and Weir Rivers about 18 km NNE of Mungindi from whence it flows generally SW and W for about 400 km to its confluence with the Culgoa River about 39 km ENE of Bourke to become the Darling River. The main townships on the river are Mungindi, Collarenebri, Walgett and Brewarrina.
Origin:   Aboriginal: from barwum or bawon, meaning great, wide, awful river of muddy water. (Reed 1967) Also:'Baawan',a Ngiyambaa Aboriginal name for both the Barwon and Darling.These rivers were of great importance; stone fish traps still exist near Brewarrina.(Appleton,1992).
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