Inman River

The Inman River is a small river draining the eastern side of the Fleurieu Peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia.

Glaciated pavement in the Inman River
Location of the river mouth in South Australia
EtymologyHenry Inman[1]
Native nameMoo-oola; Moogoora
StateSouth Australia
RegionFleurieu Peninsula
Physical characteristics
SourceMount Lofty Range
  locationBald Hills
  coordinates35°30′S 138°25′E
  elevation137 m (449 ft)
MouthEncounter Bay
Victor Harbor
35°33′40″S 138°36′40″E
0 m (0 ft)
Length26 km (16 mi)

Course and features

The Inman River rises on the eastern slopes of the Mount Lofty Range and its headwaters drain the Inman Valley as the river flows southeast towards its mouth emptying into Encounter Bay on the southern side of Victor Harbor. The river descends 142 metres (466 ft) over its 26-kilometre (16 mi) course.[2]


The Inman River was named through association with Inspector Henry Inman, founder and first commander of the South Australia Police, who pursued two allegedly escaped convicts there in August 1838.[1] Two indigenous names are recorded for the river: Moo-oola and Moogoora.[3][4] The mouth was called Mugurank, meaning 'place of hammerstones'.[5]

Selwyn Rock, named after Alfred Richard Cecil Selwyn who first discovered it in 1859, is a glaciated pavement in the bed of the river near the settlement of Inman Valley which clearly shows evidence of Glacial striation.

See also


  1. Slee, Max (2010). Inman: first commander of the SA Police. Adelaide: Seaview Press. pp. 80–84.
  2. "Map of Inman River, SA". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  3. Cockburn, Rodney (1984). What’s in a Name?. Adelaide: Ferguson Publications. p. 106.
  4. Cooper, H. M. (1952). Australian Aboriginal Words. Adelaide: South Australian Museum.
  5. Manning, Geoffrey H. (1990). Manning’s Place Names of South Australia. Adelaide: G. H. Manning. p. 95.

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