Elizabeth River (Tasmania)

The Elizabeth River is a minor perennial river located in the Somerset Land District, in the Midlands region of Tasmania, Australia.[2]

Location of the Elizabeth River mouth in Tasmania
EtymologyElizabeth Macquarie
RegionMidlands (Tasmania)
Physical characteristics
SourceLake Leake
  elevation580 m (1,900 ft)
MouthMacquarie River
north west of Campbell Town
41°55′16″S 147°25′32″E
171 m (561 ft)
Length60 km (37 mi)
Basin features
River systemSouth Esk River system
ReservoirLake Leake

Location and features

The Elizabeth River rises below Lake Leake and flows generally west by north through the traditional lands of the Peenrymairmemener and Tyrrernotepanner Clans of the North Midlands Nation.[3] They called this river parndokennelyerpinder( parn-doke-en-ner-ly-er-pin-der) - the prefix parndokenne referring to the country at modern day Campbell Town.[4] The river reaches its confluence with the Macquarie River west of Campbell Town.[5] The river was originally known by colonials in the first decade of the 19th century as Relief Creek, but was renamed by Governor Macquarie, for his wife, when he passed through in 1811.[6][7] The river descends 410 metres (1,350 ft) over its 60-kilometre (37 mi) course.[1]

The Red Bridge crosses the Elizabeth River at Campbell Town.

See also


  1. "Map of Elizabeth River, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2015. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
  2. West, Rev. John. "History of Tasmania". Project Gutenberg.
  3. Plomley, Brian (1991). The Tasmanian Tribes and Cicatrices as Tribal Indicators among the Tasmanian Aborigines. Launceston, Tasmania: QVMAG. pp. 23–24.
  4. Plomley, Brian (1991). Tasmanian Aboriginal Place Names. Launceston, Tasmania: QVMAG. p. 54.
  5. Sprod, Daniel; Ecosynthesis (2002), Elizabeth catchment rivercare plan, Campbell Town Landcare Association Inc, retrieved 28 June 2015
  6. Macquarie, Lachlan (1956). Lachlan Macquarie Governor of NSW. Journals of his tours in NSW and VDL 1810-1822. Trustees of the Public Library of NSW. p. 65.
  7. Waugh, Jock C (1996), Elizabeth River catchment study, Ecological Farm Planning, retrieved 28 June 2015

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