Carpentaria Shire

Carpentaria Shire, an area of 64,381 sq km, adjoins the south-east shoreline of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Cook Shire (Cape York Peninsula) is on its northern boundary and several shires, mainly Croydon, are on its southern boundary.

Named after the Gulf, itself named in 1623 after the Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies, Pieter de Carpentier, the shire was proclaimed in 1903. Prior to then the Carpentaria divisional board (1883) had been the regional local authority.

Further Reading: 

Karumba and Normanton entries


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