Aboriginal Deaths Correspondence 1954 - 1958


National Archives of Australia CRS E79 Item O15 Aboriginal Deaths Correspondence 1954 - 1958 Paul Mackett Copyright P J Mackett, 2007 29. 6.1954 Estate of Pompey Culla Gona Pompey died at Alroy Downs 24. 9.1952 Son is Tommy Dodd supposed to be in the Alice Springs district and last heard of at Deep Well. 6. 7.1954 Tommy Dodd mentioned. Dick Djugo mentioned. 9. 7.1954 Deceased estates for Ted Choogadi and Charlie Althaus. 8. 7.1954 On 26. 6.1954 a native named Goggle-Eye Tommy from Lake Nash died at Mt Isa Hospital. The native's body was buried at Mt Isa Cemetery on 27. 6.1954. 22. 7.1954 On 18. 8.1952 a native named Greasy Djambi Djamba died at Hooker Creek Native Settlement. The only living relative is the mother Nora Noongarai at Yuendumu. . 8.1954 Aborigine Polly of Elkedra Station, deceased 1952 Husband is Smiler of Elkedra Station Aborigine Moses of Finke River Mission, Hermannsburg, deceased 6. 7.1954? Wife is Sophia of Finke River Mission, Hermannsburg 10. 8.1954 No record of the death of McGowan of Brunchilly Station. 11. 8.1954 William Briscoe died on 30. 8.1953 at Semaphore. Daughter is Eva Briscoe. 13. 9.1954 McGowan died January 1954 aged about 60 years and was buried at Phillip Creek Settlement? His wife is Buttercup at Brunchilly Station. 6. 9.1954 Nora Noongarai is NOT the mother of Greasy Djambidjimba. Nancy Nungurai is the mother of Greasy and she is at Mt Denison Station. 14.12.1954 Nipper died at Tennant Creek Hospital recently. Was at Rockhampton Downs. 14.12.1954 Sandy Jubar Currie died recently at Newcastle Waters. 29.12.1954 Mentions deceased Aborigine Nardoo. 27.12.1954 Letter from Rockhampton Downs. Nearest relatives of Nardoo, deceased, are Son Chunuma (Gillyillgurrie) working on Burramurra Station Daughter Rosey (Ilbena) working on Rockhampton Downs 11. 1.1955 Letter from Phillip Creek. Nipper's wife is also deceased. His nearest next of kin is one son called Djumana Djabbaljerrie who is working for Burramurra Station which is belongs to Rockhampton Downs Station 23. 1.1955 Letter from Lucy Creek Station Replying to your letter of 29.12.1954 re Aboriginal Nardoo and his next of kin. The only relative that I know is a sister that was here when he died. Kitty the wife of Toby, an old aboriginal who has been camped here for some months. We have their three sons working here, Alfie, Symon, Johnny. Toby and Kitty are away walkabout just now but are expected back shortly. . 2.1955 Aboriginal Nipper Dunegiddigurrie of Rockhampton Downs Station Son Chunuma Gillyillgurrie of Rockhampton Downs Daughter Rosey Ilbena of Rockhampton Downs 21.12.1955 Stirling Station. Aboriginal Billy died 21.12.1955 senile decay. 28. 2.1956 Ammaroo. Aged Aboriginal Gilbert died saturday natural causes. 15. 3.1966 Lake Nash. Aborigine Tim died last night, no suspicious circumstances. 27. 3.1956 Ammaroo. Aged native Cabbage died natural causes. Handwritten notes :- Wife Molly (Kamara) 64 years Cabbage (Pultara) 70 years 27. 4.1956 Tobermorey Station Death of Aboriginal child Barry. 30. 4.1956 Erldunda. Baby Louise Armstrong, 18 months, just died. 30. 4.1956 Lake Nash. Lubra Ruby, recently arrived from Avon Downs, died yesterday 6. 4.1956 Murray Downs Station Enclosed please find form of information of birth. This child is the 10th child of Frank, but he has two wives. We are listing herein the two wives and the other 9 children and leave you to fill in this information. Stumpy - Pansy 1st Daisy 6th Harold 2nd Ronny 7th Laura 3rd Emily 8th Charles 15. 3.1954 (Pansy) 4th Doreen 9th Beverley 10 or 19. 3.1954 (Stumpy 5th Raymond 3. 5.1956 Letter to Murray Downs Station. Child is Gregory. 9. 3.1956 Letter to Henbury Station referring to the death at Henbury Station of Aborigine Yankee Bundada on 25. 3.1956 9. 5.1956 Aboriginal child Brett, from the Presbyterian Mission, Finke, died on 4. 5.1956 at Alice Springs Hospital. 23. 5.1956 Very old native Tarupi died here last night. From Kulgera Station. 18. 7.1956 Native woman Witjawara died Tempe Downs last night. Came to Tempe Downs 3 days ago from a surrounding station. 14. 7.1956 Doreen, 2nd wife of Barney died at 11.00am 12. 7.1956 at Lake Nash after childbirth. The baby girl survived and is being breast fed by two lubras in the camp. 23. 7.1956 Witjawara aged and died from natural causes. Tempe Downs. 9. 8.1956 Aged native Jack died 6. 8.1956 natural causes. Ammaroo. 22. 8.1956 Aboriginal Joan Noongara died on 8. 6.1956 at Willowra Station. 8.10.1956 Larrie aged 70 years died Sunday 7.10.1956 at Argadagada natural causes. . .1956 Alice Wellington deceased. Husband is William John wellington of Alice Springs Son is William Henry Wellington, aged 2 1/2 years, Kate Cocks Babies Home, Brighton, South Australia Alice Springs. 13.12.1956 Aged native Alec Kaleaka died early to day at Jay Creek. 24.12.1956 Aboriginal Infant Simon Hayes aged 3 months died this morning at Santa Teresa after approximately weeks illness congested chest condition aggravated by measles. 29. 1.1957 Santa Teresa. Very old native woman died last night neighbouring Station, gastric haemorrhage. 19. 2.1957 Tempe Downs. Report on a native boy aged about 7 found here this morning. Boy amongst travelling blacks from Angas Downs. Handwritten note :- (1) Report by Stormy Campbell : Children playing on banks of Palmer Waterhole (suffocated) has been buried. (2) Playing on the banks of Palmer Creek digging holes. Probably suffocated by collapse of dirt. 21. 2.1957 Death of child a Tempe Downs The child is Mike, born Areyonga, attending school, father is Donkey Donkey, mother deceased, older brother Bruddy Mianma, older sister Miara, born 1946, male. 23. 2.1957 Yuendumu. Death and burial of 8 months old female Aboriginal reported Mt Allan. 23. 2.1957 Mt Allan. Report on death of baby girl saturday afternoon at Mt Allan. Father is Jack Jugamura, mother is Kitty Nabaldjeri. Baby born Yuendumu last winter. Cause of death Gastro-enteritis. 18. 3.1957 Santa Teresa. 15 month old baby from neighbouring station died here yesterday from malnutrition. 13. 5.1957 Death of aboriginal Johnny Moolgarlie (Johnny No 1), late of Areyonga. Aboriginal Johnny Moolgarlie died at Undunita on 29. 3.1957 whilst travelling from Haasts Bluff to Areyonga. Had been sick for 4 days. Another man Captain was also sick but managed to reach Areyonga. Notes :- Wife of Captain is Mary, sister of Johnny Moolgarlie. Also mentioned are :- Pastor Colin Tudama Grantley from Haasts Bluff Tjambo from Areyonga Kumanjara Captain Eguta Nijenbura, left handed, brother of Ida Eita Statements about trip :- (1) Munbungar - mentions Old Tiger cousin of Johnny Tjumalye got sick and stayed at Haasts Bluff (2) Harry Brumby - mentions Munbungah, Jim, Mi-Ma, Captain No 1 Johnny was Harry Brumby's father's younger brother (3) Mary - mentions Captain, her husband (4) C Johns - mentions Captain No 1 deceased Leslie, Johnny No 2, Mon Mon 18. 5.1957 Mt Dennison. Aged lubra died here today. 18. 6.1957 Hermannsburg. Reporting death of aged aboriginal Theodore Abbott. 19. 6.1957 Haasts Bluff. Death of Kwalatara at Haasts Bluff on 10. 4.1957. 20. 6.1957 Yuendumu. Still born baby male ward born yeaterday the 19th. 24. 4.1957 Areyonga. Aged woman Mimea died camp here last night. 5. 7.1957 Tempe Downs. Working boy died suddenly last night. About 45 years. 11. 7.1957 Haasts Bluff. Sudden death female ward Marawentjina 11am today. 15. 7.1957 Haasts Bluff. Death female ward Ngamara. 17. 7.1957 Haasts Bluff. Death female ward Ngamaguta. 18. 7.1957 Haasts Bluff. Death infant female ward Doreen Nakamara 8pm wednesday. 8. 8.1957 Ammaroo. Child Ivy, daughter of Barney died snake bite tuesday. 18. 8.1957 Areyonga. Male child stillborn last night. Mother Patricia. Permission needed to bury as soon as possible. 19. 8.1957 Order for burial for stillborn male child of female ward Patricia. 5. 9.1957 Ammaroo. Aged native Mary Nooloonga died Wednesday. 9. 9.1957 Palmer Valley. Deceased native Jackie, tribal name Imul, originally Petermann Range, aged 65 years, died 6pm 8th September, natural causes. 12. 9.1957 Jay Creek. Death occurred 12th September Charlie Namamuka aged approximately 60 years. 12. 9.1957 Hermannsburg. Aged aborigine female Jemima passed away early this morning due influenza and age. 16. 9.1957 Tempe Downs. Death of native baby Selma yesterday. Aged one year. Dr Ireland gave permission of burial. 18. 9.1957 Letter to Deep Well Station. I should be pleased if you would complete the attached Form of Information relating to the death at Alice Springs Hospital on 15. 9.1957 of 12 days old Robert, son of Janet of Deep Well. 9. 9.1957 Haasts Bluff. Death occurred 8. 9.1957 Milly Nagamara, wife of Darkie Jabaldjari ex Yuendumu. ?name Tingankari. 9. 9.1957 Jay Creek.Reporting two deaths 8. 9.1957 (1) Old blind Jack (Jack Arumba) aged approximately 77 years (2) Female ward Light Nungaria aged approximately 42 years 18. 9.1957 Letter to Henbury Station requesting forms for death of George, son of Edie at Henbury. 18. 9.1957 Order for Burial of George, son of Edie. 18. 9.1957 Henbury Station. Male ward died Henbury Station today aged 6 years named George. Father is Nargi, mother is Edie. 24. 9.1957 Hermannsburg. Reporting death aboriginal female Stella Ungkwanaka, age 26 years, due to haemorrhage after child birth. 7.10.1957 Haasts Bluff. Death aged female ward Turuma 11.30am 5.10.1957 9.10.1957 Areyonga. Aged male ward Tatukali died early this morning. 11.10.1957 Order for Burial of Tatakuli late of Areyonga 23.10.1957 Letter to Warrabri Settlement requesting forms about death at Warrabri on 30. 8.1957 of 5 months old ward Grace. 28.10.1957 Haasts Bluff. Two deaths (1) Aged male ward Wadangkamara died 25.10.1957 (2) Infant Cecilia, daughter of Coraline died 26.10.1957 5.11.1957 To Officer in Charge Police Station Finke Advise Gilligan his daughter Wendy died today before entering Hospital 6.11.1957 To Officer in Charge Police Station Finke Advise Gilligan another daughter Rosie died today. 26.11.1957 To Deep Well Station. Need forms relating to the death at Alice Springs on 1. 9.1957? of Robert, 12 day old son of Janet of Deep Well. 16.12.1957 Ammaroo. Native child Susan died thursday after few days illness. 15. 2.1958 Letter from Elkedra Station stating native 'Flying Doctor' is dead. He died 11. 2.1958 and was buried by the natives. Billie Beasley, a native who has been working in this district is ill in our native camp. Suspected rupture. He is to go to Alice Springs. He leaves two wives each with a baby of 12 to 18 months who must be fed while Beasley is in Alice Springs. Beasley is a Kurundi boy. 19. 2.1958 Letter to Warrabri requesting form for death of 5 month old ward Grace who died at Warrabri on 30. 8.1957. 10. 3.1958 Yuendumu. Death male ward Bob Jabanardi aged 76 years 12. 3.1958 Letter to Yambah Station requesting details of death of Jessie, aged 40 years, at Alice Springs on 11. 3.1958 12. 3.1958 Letter to De Rose Hill Station via Oodnadatta requesting details of death of Billy, aged 45 years, at De Rose Hill Station on 11. 3.1958 17. 3.1958 Letter from Yambah Station about death of Jessie Jessie and her husband, Jack Bull, have been at Yambah for about 6 months. Nothing is known about Jessie. Jack Bull was at Yambah about 6 years ago. His wife died in Alice Springs about that time. He left Yambah and went to Ambalindum and, until he arrived back here about 6 months ago, spent his time between Ambalindum and Alcoota Stations. 28. 1.1958 Haasts Bluff. Permission to bury ward Epeperas who died 25. 1.1958 21. 2.1958 Tennant Creek Police Station Deaths of Aboriginals Walter and Gordon at Warrabri Native Settlement on 18. 2.1958. Snowy, Walter and Gordon had left Warrabri for Singleton Station. Walter, age 6 years, was Snowy's son and Gordon, aged 7 years, was Snowy's brother in law. Walter and Gordon died of thirst. Also mentions Johnny Nelson of Warrabri Report of Death Name Aboriginal Gordon Age Approx 11 years Date of Death Approx 18. 2.1958 Time of Death Unknown Place of Death Singleton Station Usual Residence Warrabri Native Settlement By whom found Aboriginal Snowy of Warrabri Native Settlement Circumstances Whilst walking to Old Singleton Station, boy was lost. Snowy was returning with water when he found deceased. Relatives informed Yes Cost of Burial Buried by Municipal Branch Tennant Creek Suspicious Death? Inquest to be held Cause of Death Dehydration Was Body Removed Yes. tennant Creek Morgue. Post Mortem examination carried out Property on deceased Nil Expense incurred by Police No Coroner informed Yes Report of Death Name Aboriginal Walter Age Approx 12 years Date of Death Approx 18. 2.1958 Time of Death Unknown Place of Death Singleton Station Usual Residence Warrabri Native Settlement By whom found Aboriginal Snowy of Warrabri Native Settlement Circumstances After returning looking for another boy who had been lost, all three were walking to Old Singleton Station Relatives informed Father of deceased found the body Cost of Burial Buried by Municipal Branch Tennant Creek Suspicious Death? Inquest to be held Cause of Death Dehydration Was Body Removed Yes. tennant Creek Morgue. Post Mortem examination carried out Property on deceased Nil Expense incurred by Police No Coroner informed Yes Form of Information of Death District Darwin Place of Death Singleton Station Usual Residence Warrabri Native Reserve Date of Death 18. 2.1958 Name Aboriginal Walter Occupation School boy Sex Male Age Approximately 12 years Cause of Death Dehydration Duration of fatal illness One day Medical Attendant Dr G W Maclachlan When he last saw deceased Not seen before death Father's Name Snowy Jabananga Aboriginal Father's Occupation Labourer Mother's Name Maisie Aboriginal Date & Place of Burial 21. 2.1958 Tennant Creek Burial Certified Reginald Carter Clergyman Father Taylor, Catholic Undertaker Reginald Carter Witnesses Reginald Carter, Father Taylor Where Deceased Born Unknown How Long Resident in Aust. From date of birth to date of death Married No Informant A J Millgate, Police Constable Residence Tennant Creek Date 21. 2.1958 Form of Information of Death District Darwin Place of Death Singleton Station Usual Residence Warrabri Native Reserve Date of Death Approximately 18. 2.1958 Name Aboriginal Gordon Occupation School boy Sex Male Age Approximately 11 years Cause of Death Dehydration Duration of fatal illness One day Medical Attendant Dr G W Maclachlan When he last saw deceased Not seen before death Father's Name Alec Aboriginal Father's Occupation Stockman Mother's Name Polly Aboriginal Date & Place of Burial 21. 2.1958 Tennant Creek Burial Certified Reginald Carter Clergyman Father Taylor, Catholic Undertaker Reginald Carter Witnesses Reginald Carter, Father Taylor Where Deceased Born Unknown How Long Resident in Aust. From date of birth to date of death Married No Informant A J Millgate, Police Constable Residence Tennant Creek Date 21. 2.1958 18. 4.1958 Hermannsburg. Premature baby born 14. 4.1958 died here yesterday. _______________________________________________________________________
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