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 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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