Peel River (New South Wales) facts for kids
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Peel River at Nundle
|Other name(s)||Cockburn River|
|State||New South Wales|
|Region||IBRA: New England Tablelands|
|Main source||Liverpool Range, Great Dividing Range, and Mount Royal Range
south of Nundle
743 m (2,438 ft)
|River mouth||confluence with the Namoi River
south of Keepit Dam
286 m (938 ft)
|Length||210 km (130 mi)|
|River system||Murray–Darling basin|
|Bridges||Peel River railway bridge, Tamworth|
Course and features
The river rises on the northern slopes of the Liverpool Range, at the junction of the Great Dividing Range and Mount Royal Range, south of the village of Nundle, and flows generally north, west and north west and emerges into the Liverpool Plains near Tamworth. The Peel River is joined by thirteen tributaries, including the Cockburn River, and flows through Chaffey Dam before reaching its mouth at the confluence with the Namoi River; dropping 457 metres (1,499 ft) over its course of 210 kilometres (130 mi).
The Peel River was first discovered by European settlers in 1818 by John Oxley and named by Oxley in honour of Sir Robert Peel, an important British politician at the time of its discovery by British settlers in Australia.
At Tamworth, the river is crossed by the Main North line via the heritage-listed Tamworth rail bridge, completed in 1882.
The famous Australian freshwater native fish Murray cod, Maccullochella peelii, was named after the Peel River by Major Mitchell, who sketched and scientifically described and named one of the numerous Murray cod his men caught from the river on his 1838 expedition.
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