Fitzroy River (Queensland)

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Coordinates: 23°31′15″S 150°51′58″E / 23.52083°S 150.86611°E / -23.52083; 150.86611
Fitzroy
River
Fitzroy River Rockhamp.jpg
Dawn breaks on the Fitzroy River as it passes through Rockhampton
Country Australia
State Queensland
Region Central Queensland
City Rockhampton
Source confluence Dawson and Mackenzie rivers
 - coordinates 23°37′39″S 149°46′1″E / 23.62750°S 149.76694°E / -23.62750; 149.76694
Mouth Pacific Ocean near Port Alma
 - elevation m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 23°31′15″S 150°51′58″E / 23.52083°S 150.86611°E / -23.52083; 150.86611
Length 480 km (298 mi)
Basin 142,665 km² (55,083 sq mi)
Wikimedia Commons: Fitzroy River, Queensland

The Fitzroy River is in Queensland, Australia. The river is formed by the coming together of the Mackenzie and Dawson rivers at Duaringa.[1]

The Fitzroy was named by Charles and William Archer on 4 May 1853. The river was named in honour of Sir Charles FitzRoy, Governor of the Colony of New South Wales.[2] Queensland did not become a colony until 1859.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Harrison, Rod; Ernie James; Chris Sully; Bill Classon; Joy Eckermann (2008). Queensland Dams. Bayswater, Victoria: Australian Fishing Network. p. 157. ISBN 978-1-86513-134-4.
  2. Isaac Taylor, Names and Their Histories: A Handbook of Historical Geography and Topographical Nomenclature (London: Rivington's, 1898), p. 125
  3. Jan Bowen; et al., Australia (New York: DK Publishing, 2014), p. 57


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