creek names in the Pilbara

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 18:35
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I have done as much searching as I know how but cannot find the answers. I am looking for the origins of the names to these particular creeks in the Pilbara, I would appreciate any help.

Turee creek,De La Porte creek, Spring creek, O'brien creek and Coppin pool and Milli Milli spring.

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Reply By: Member - Paul C (WA) - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 19:12

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 19:12
From "Explore the Pilbara in your 4WD" Westgate Publishhers Pty Ltd

Coppin Gap is named after Chris Coppin, manager of Mucan Station from 1878 to 1886 and later lessee of Yarrie Station.

Spring Creek,Milly Creek and Kangaroo Creek, all joining Turee Creek before it bursts from the hill country to spread out over the vast flood plains to the South, were all coined by Bennett during his survey.
(Surveyor A.J Bennett examined the area in detail between june and September 1921)

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Follow Up By: Sludgie - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 22:19

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 22:19
Thanks Paul, did not even think of one of the trip books by Westgate. Did the full google and others with no luck. I am sure I have a book with info on A.J.Bennett that I shall look into further.
I assume you have been up in that area of the Pilbara before.Thanks for your quick reply.

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Reply By: Kim and Damn Dog - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 19:30

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 19:30
Gidday Sludgie

I can’t help you with all the answers, but I do know a little bit about Turee Creek and the surrounding area. There’s a fella who use to be the CEO of Meekatharra, and up to a couple of years ago, was working as a consultant for the council.

I can’t remember the fella’s name, but if you ring the council they may be able to assist you further. Back in 2006 he had original maps of the area, some of which dated back to 1910. From memory it was called Turee Turee Creek back in the old days.

You might also contact the Yinhawangka people.

Failing that, give Bruce McGuire at Turee Creek Station a ring south west of Newman.

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Follow Up By: Member - Dennis P (Scotland) - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 19:41

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 19:41
Kim,
It was Tom Hartman, used to be at Dundas Shire before that.
Nice bloke.

Dennis

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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 19:41

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 19:41
You and Ian set a date when you're off yet? Sounds to me like you're doing a bit of pre trip research?
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Follow Up By: Sludgie - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 22:14

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 22:14
Gidday Duncan,yep off pretty soon. Like a drongo didn't even think of using one of his trip books, did google and ask.com and other web searches with no luck, put it on exploroz and have the answer within the hour.

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Reply By: The Explorer - Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 22:59

Saturday, Apr 11, 2009 at 22:59
Hi - no help in this instance but handy resource.


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Reply By: jezza68 - Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 22:41

Sunday, Apr 12, 2009 at 22:41
Milli-Milli is an aboriginal word for describing writing. There may well be artwork in the area or ochre?
Coppin Pool and Coppin's gap is named after an original settler/ drover to the Marble Bar area.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 23:29

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 at 23:29
Lang and Anne Coppin still own and operate Muccan/Yarrie stations.

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Reply By: Member - Phil B (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 07:50

Wednesday, Apr 15, 2009 at 07:50
Hu Sludgie

Sorry for the delay in responded been away for Easter. My records show

Turee creek,
Named by A.J. Bennett (1920-21) field book 79. O.P's 2346-2350. First appeared on litho 92/300 No. 2 cancelled 1.8.1916. Turee Creek is approx175km in length. Forming near Minthicoondunna Spring and flowing into the Ashburton River.

De La Porte creek,
Named after the early owner of the land over which the creek passes. Also being John Perry's Partner.

Spring creek,
named by a.j. bennett 28/6/1921, field book 84, page 7.

O'brien creek
Traversed by A.J. Bennett, July 1921, Field Book 84, page 17 O.P. 2346.O'Brien Creek is a tributary of Turee Creek and is approximately 40km in length. Shown on litho 92/300 as O'Briens Creek.

Coppin pool 22 53 18 S 118 08 33 E
Named by A.J. Bennett (28/6/1921) Field Book 84, page 7.
However
Coppin Gap 20 52 57 S 120 07 04 E
Named after a Mr. Christopher Coppin, who was the manager of the Muccan pastoral lease for Messrs Grant, Anderson and Edgar, who were the original lessees of the lease, in the 19th century. The Coppin Gap is located approximately 24.8 kilometres essentially south-south-west of the Yarrie homestead. Mentioned by Frank Hann on March 6 1898.
Note Coppins pool and Coppins Gap are 300 kms apart.

Milli Milli spring.
Origin unknown - first appeared as "Millymillyna Spring" on cancelled 9g no.2,22/6/1882. Then seen as now shown by A.J. Bennett (September 1921) field book87, page 9 and all plans after that time.

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