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Calvert River

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Name Calvert River
Type Designation Stream
Place Id 11484
Place Type Feature
Status Recorded
Date Registered
Location (Datum GDA94)  
Latitude: -16° 15' S (Decimal degrees -16.2611)
Longitude: 137° 44' E (Decimal degrees 137.7442)
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Locality / Suburb  
Local Government Area  
  Roper Gulf Shire Council
History/Origin Calvert River was named by Leichhardt on 7 or 8 September 1845 whilst travelling from Queensland to the Port Essington settlement on the Northern Territory coast, after James Calvert of his party.

Leichhardt originally thought this river to be the Abel Tasman River (of the early Dutch navigators) and according noted the name on his field notes, but subsequently crossed the name out and named it Calvert River " acknowledgment of the good services of Mr Calvert during our expedition..." (Leichhardt Journal P 394)

Glen McLaren's 1994 research has revealled that Leichhardt's Calvert River is now known as Sandy Creek.

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