Journals Of Two Expeditions Into The Interior Of New South Wales, 1817-18 - By John Oxley

 -  We are also
certain that no waters fall into it or join it easterly for nearly one
hundred and fifty - Page 30
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We Are Also Certain That No Waters Fall Into It Or Join It Easterly For Nearly One Hundred And Fifty Miles.

This rise must therefore be occasioned by heavy rains in the mountains, whence the river derives its source; but it is not the less singular, that during its whole course, as far as it is hitherto known, it does not receive a single tributary stream.

Observed the latitude 33. 16. 33. S.

May 11. - The river rose about four feet during the night, and still continues to rise. Set forward on our journey down the river. About four miles and a half from this morning's station. the river began to wash the immediate edge of the plain, and so continued to do all along. My astonishment was extreme at finding the banks of the river not more than six feet from the water: it at once confirmed my supposition that the whole of this extensive country is frequently inundated; the river was here about thirty yards broad. Mount Cunningham was at this time distant about two miles, and Mount Melville four miles; the plains winding immediately under the base of each. At twelve o'clock ascended the south end of Mount Cunningham, a small branch of the river running close under it. From this elevation our view was very extensive in every direction, particularly in the west quarter. The whole country in that direction was so low, that it might not improperly be termed a swamp, the spaces which were bare of trees being more constantly under water than those where they grew.

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