Letter from Hamilton Hume about the Renaming of the Hume River

The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser

5 June 1830

To the Editor of the Sydney Gazette.


I perceive in Captain Sturt's report of his late journey down the Murrumbidgee, the mention of two rivers, as his discoveries; those named by him the Murray and Lindsey.

That Gentleman having now returned, I lose no time in stating, in his presence, and that of the public, that those rivers were discoveries of mine and Mr. Hovell, so long ago as the year 1824, in our journey to Bass' Straits, during the government of Sir Thomas Brisbane, and were then named as follows - the Hume * (100 yards broad and deep), in south latitude 36 20, and in east longitude 147 , running through a rich country, to the W. N. W. at nearly three miles per hour.

This stream, it appears, has by Captain Sturt been renamed the Murry.

The Goulburn + 80 yards broad, in south latitude 37 25, east longitude 145 30, running at about two miles per hour, through a very country to the northward and eastward.

This also has been renamed, and is now called the Lindsey.

More anon, I am, Sir, Your very obedient Servant,

Hamilton Hume. Appin, 28th May, 1830.

* See map in Atkinson's Book. + This river was, I believe, some time ago called by Captain Sturt the Hovell.


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