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GEOGRAPHICAL NAMES REGISTER EXTRACT
8th December 2019
Reference:   16064
Placename:   Darling River
Designation:   River
Status:   Assigned 15th May 1970
Previous Names:   Barwon
Karaula
Watta or Calewatta River
Kalliwatta
GNB File:   GNB634
LGA:   Bourke
Approx. AGD66 Lat:   -29 57 33
Approx. AGD66 Long:   146 18 39
Approx. GDA94 Lat:   -29 57 27
Approx. GDA94 Long:   146 18 43
Topographic Map:   Warraweena
1:100000 Map:   Warraweena 8138
Parish:   Narrandool
County:   Narran
Description:   One of the major rivers in Australia. It rises on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range its headwaters extending as far north as the Warrego and Chesterton Ranges in Queensland. It receives its identity at the confluence of the Culgoa and Barwon Rivers about 39km ENE of Bourke from whence it takes a winding course through barren country in a generally SW direction for about 1000km into the Murray River at Wentworth. The main townships on the river are Louth, Tilpa, Wilcannia, Menindee and Pooncarie. So named in 1829 by Charles Sturt. after the Governor. P.66(Information from RAHS Journal Vol 34 Pt 2)
Meaning:   Captain Sturt gave the river its name after Sir Ralph Darling then Governor of N.S.W.
Origin:   Discovered by Captain Sturt in 1829. So named in 1829 by Charles Sturt, after the Governor. P.66 (Information from RANS Journal Vol 34 Pt 2)
History:   Discovered by Charles Sturt, who had set out to find out what happened to the rivers that flow westward. (Reed, 1969).
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