Shannon Brook

The Shannon Brook, a perennial stream[1] of the Richmond River catchment, is located in Northern Rivers region in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

Shannon Brook
Deep Creek (branch), Piora Creek, Mummulgum Creek[1]
Location of the Shannon Brook mouth in New South Wales
EtymologyIn honour of J. C. Shannon[1]
StateNew South Wales
RegionNSW North Coast (IBRA), Northern Rivers
Physical characteristics
Source confluenceTheresa Creek and Deep Creek
  locationnear Mummulgum
  elevation96 m (315 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Richmond River
near Tatham
28°55′27″S 153°9′37″E
5 m (16 ft)
Length58 km (36 mi)
Basin features
River systemRichmond River catchment
  leftRileys Creek
  rightMongogarie Creek

Location and features

Formed by the confluence of the Theresa Creek and Deep Creek, Shannon Brook rises on the Richmond Range about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) southwest of Mummulgum. The river flows generally northeast, east southeast and east, joined by two minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Richmond River near Tatham, about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) southeast of Casino. The river descends 91 metres (299 ft) over its 58 kilometres (36 mi) course.[2]


The river is believed to be named in honour of J. C. Shannon who came from the Clarence Valley and took up Stratheden for Dr. John Dobie in 1842. He camped by the creek, hence the name Shannon Brook. J. C. Shannon was known locally as Doc Shannon.[1][3]

See also


  1. "Shannon Brook". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  2. "Map of Shannon Brook, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  3. Richmond Tweed Regional Library (1983). Place Names of the Tweed, Brunswick and Upper Richmond Regions. ISBN 0-9494-5901-1.
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