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Nicholson River

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Name Nicholson River
Type Designation Stream
Place Id 16224
Place Type Feature
Status Recorded
Date Registered
Location (Datum GDA94)  
Latitude: -17° 59' S (Decimal degrees -17.9969)
Longitude: 137° 59' E (Decimal degrees 137.9981)
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Local Government Area  
  Barkly Shire Council
History/Origin Named after Dr William Alleyne Nicholson of Bristol, England by Ludwig Leichhardt during his 1844/45 expedition in Australia.

In his "Journal of an Overland Expedition in Australia from Moreton Bay to Port Essington" Leichhardt states
"August 20. - We crossed Beame's brook without difficulty, and travelled about two miles north-west, over a plain, when we came to a river with a broad sandy bed and steep banks .............
I called this river the "Nicholson," after Dr William Alleyne Nicholson, of Bristol, whose generous friendship had not only enabled me to devote my time to the study of the natural sciences, but to come out to Australia......."

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