This Day in History: 1830-08-08

Ensign Robert Dale of the 63rd Regiment and three companions found the Avon River, flowing through a promising grassy district, when they were discovering a way over the Darling Range. The local Noongar people called this river the Ballardong River. Landgate records that Lieut. Governor James Stirling named the Avon River.

Western Australian times, 6 June 1879, p.2 S.
Rica Erickson. Old Toodyay and Newcastle. Toodyay Shire Council, 1974, p.8.
Literature review for Avon Basin Noongar heritage and cultural significance of natural resources, by a Murdoch Project Team. Murdoch University, 2008, p. 26. (Online:
Alison Cromb. The road to Toodyay. A. Cromb, 2016, p.2.