Aborigines Inland Mission - Bagot - Retta Dixon Home


National Archives of Australia Darwin Office Series F1/0 Item 1953/270 Aborigines Inland Mission - Bagot - Retta Dixon Home Copyright P J Mackett 2006 Letter 2/10.1951 to the Secretary, Department of Territories Canberra Contains the latest Review Report of the Retta Dixon Home which includes a section on Staff and Supervision. Among the staff are Miss C South Part-aboriginal trained Missionary Miss V Knox Part-aboriginal trained Missionary Mrs C Knox Part-aboriginal trained Missionary Monthly Return AIM Home, Bagot Road, Darwin 31.10.1952 Children Ruth Snape Charles Snape Margaret Snape Leslie Reid Trevor Reid Ruby Matthews Roger Roman Annabelle Roman Audrey Roman Rachel Roman Susan Roman Clifford Cummings Barbara Cummings Mena Croft Joyce Croft Corine Shepherd Patricia Kilmartin William Holtze Elaine Kelly John Kelly Josephine Cadell Valerie Colbert John Colbert David Ross Raymond Tilmouth Ian Tilmouth Margaret Tilmouth James Carrol Beverly Carrol Ronnie Woodroffe Nell Wadell (admitted Hospital 9.10.1952) Lorna Nelson James Anderson Norman Anderson Audrey Anderson Olive Kennedy Josephine Martin Anne Lane William Lane Vera Doran Marjorie Winphil Joyce Rueben Gwen Rose Denice Austral Brian Austral David Austral Elizabeth Austral Marlene Hayes Glenys Braun Maralyn Braun Ralph Braun Antonia Braun Helen Dempsey Maralyn Lowe George Holtze Fred Holtze Beryl Holtze Louise Liddy Kenneth Waters Keith Boase David Russell Alfred Russell Joan Russell Ruth Russell Margaret Cooper Sammy Wright Elizabeth Vickman Rosalind Gordon Frank Laughton Maxine Storer Linette Storer Rosemarie Clancy Lana Marie Clancy Phylis Kitching Sandra Kitching Raymond Winsley Shirley Shepherd Robert Shepherd Walter Griffen Beryl Victoria Holtze Peter Marshall Gordon Holtze Colin Holtze Allan Austral Anne Frith Raymond Croker Donald Huddleston Leslie Moore Ronnie Malone Phillip Walker Tom Crosbie Ruth Crosbie John Crosbie Billy Crosbie Faith Crosbie May Angus Morris Ryan (admitted 4.11.1952) Bonnie Hagen (admitted 3.11.1952) Women Ruby Shepherd Winnie Winsley Elsie Woodroffe Lindy Roman Connie Gordon Mrs Harriet Parker Mrs Maggie Tilmouth Mrs Elsie Holtze Mrs Eileen Austral Mrs Nellie Kitching (admitted Hospital 13.10.1952) Dennis Kitching (young baby) Monthly Return AIM Home, Bagot Road, Darwin 30.09.1952 Children Ruth Snape Charles Snape Margaret Snape Leslie Reid Trevor Reid Ruby Matthews Roger Roman Annabelle Roman Audrey Roman Rachel Roman Susan Roman Clifford Cummings Barbara Cummings Mena Croft Joyce Croft Corine Shepherd Patricia Kilmartin William Holtze Elaine Kelly John Kelly Josephine Cadell Valerie Colbert John Colbert David Ross Raymond Tilmouth Ian Tilmouth Margaret Tilmouth James Carrol Beverly Carrol Ronnie Woodroffe Nell Wadell Lorna Nelson James Anderson Norman Anderson Audrey Anderson Olive Kennedy Josephine Martin Anne Lane William Lane Vera Doran Marjorie Winphil Joyce Rueben Gwen Rose Denice Austral Brian Austral David Austral Elizabeth Austral Marlene Hayes Glenys Braun Maralyn Braun Ralph Braun Antonia Braun Helen Dempsey Maralyn Lowe George Holtze Fred Holtze Beryl Holtze Louise Liddy Kenneth Waters Keith Boase David Russell Alfred Russell Joan Russell Ruth Russell Margaret Cooper Sammy Wright Elizabeth Vickman Rosalind Gordon Frank Laughton Maxine Storer Linette Storer Rosemarie Clancy Lana Marie Clancy Phylis Kitching Sandra Kitching Raymond Winsley Shirley Shepherd Robert Shepherd Walter Griffen Beryl Victoria Holtze Peter Marshall Gordon Holtze Colin Holtze Allan Austral Anne Frith Raymond Croker Donald Huddleston Leslie Moore Ronnie Malone Phillip Walker (admitted 31. 8.1952 from Children's Welfare Dept. (temporary inmate) Tom Crosbie Ruth Crosbie John Crosbie Billy Crosbie Faith Crosbie May Angus (admitted 11. 9.1952 from Mr Ted Evans Native Affairs Branch) Morris (not residing at home yet; in care of mother on Bagot Reserve; no particulars to hand) Bonnie (not residing at home yet; in care of mother on Bagot Reserve; no particulars to hand) Women Ruby Shepherd Winnie Winsley Elsie Woodroffe Lindy Roman Connie Gordon Mrs Harriet Parker Mrs Maggie Tilmouth Mrs Elsie Holtze Mrs Eileen Austral Mrs Nellie Kitching (admitted Hospital 28. 9.1952, has young baby) Dennis Kitching (young baby) Monthly Return AIM Home, Bagot Road, Darwin 30.11.1952 Children Ruth Snape Charles Snape Margaret Snape Leslie Reid Trevor Reid Ruby Matthews Roger Roman Annabelle Roman Audrey Roman Rachel Roman Susan Roman Clifford Cummings Barbara Cummings Mena Croft Joyce Croft Corine Shepherd Patricia Kilmartin William Holtze Elaine Kelly John Kelly Josephine Cadell Valerie Colbert John Colbert David Ross Raymond Tilmouth Ian Tilmouth Margaret Tilmouth James Carrol Beverly Carrol Ronnie Woodroffe Lorna Nelson James Anderson Norman Anderson Audrey Anderson Olive Kennedy Josephine Martin Anne Lane William Lane Vera Doran Marjorie Winphil Joyce Rueben Gwen Rose Denice Austral Brian Austral David Austral Elizabeth Austral Marlene Hayes Glenys Braun Maralyn Braun Ralph Braun Antonia Braun Helen Dempsey Maralyn Lowe George Holtze Fred Holtze Beryl Holtze Louise Liddy Kenneth Waters Keith Boase David Russell Alfred Russell Joan Russell (Gone to Sister, Darwin 15.11.1952) Ruth Russell (Gone to Sister, Darwin 15.11.1952) Margaret Cooper (Mrs Clarke) Sammy Wright Elizabeth Vickman Rosalind Gordon Frank Laughton Maxine Storer Linette Storer Rosemarie Clancy Lana Marie Clancy Phylis Kitching Sandra Kitching Dennis Kitching Raymond Winsley Shirley Shepherd Robert Shepherd Walter Griffen Beryl Victoria Holtze Peter Marshall Gordon Holtze Colin Holtze Allan Austral Anne Frith Raymond Croker Donald Huddleston Leslie Moore Ronnie Malone (Returned to Croker Island 10.11.1952) Phillip Walker (Gone to Croker Island 10.11.1952) Tom Crosbie Ruth Crosbie John Crosbie Billy Crosbie Faith Crosbie May Angus Peter Pan Quee (Returned from work 24.11.1952) Women Ruby Shepherd (Working Darwin, home weekends) Winnie Winsley Elsie Woodroffe Lindy Roman Connie Gordon Mrs Harriet Parker Mrs Maggie Tilmouth (Working Darwin Hospital, home weekends) Mrs Elsie Holtze Mrs Eileen Austral Mrs Alice Holtze (admitted 22.11.1952) Monthly Return AIM Home, Bagot Road, Darwin 31.12.1952 Children Ruth Snape Charles Snape Margaret Snape Leslie Reid Trevor Reid Ruby Matthews Roger Roman Annabelle Roman Audrey Roman Rachel Roman Susan Roman Clifford Cummings Barbara Cummings Mena Croft Joyce Croft Corine Shepherd Patricia Kilmartin William Holtze Elaine Kelly John Kelly Josephine Cadell Valerie Colbert John Colbert David Ross Raymond Tilmouth Ian Tilmouth Margaret Tilmouth James Carrol Beverly Carrol Ronnie Woodroffe Lorna Nelson James Anderson Norman Anderson Olive Kennedy Josephine Martin Anne Lane William Lane Vera Doran Marjorie Winphil Joyce Rueben Gwen Rose Denice Austral Brian Austral David Austral Elizabeth Austral Marlene Hayes Glenys Braun Maralyn Braun Ralph Braun Antonia Braun Helen Dempsey Maralyn Lowe George Holtze ) Fred Holtze )To parents at Birdum for the School vacation Beryl Holtze ) Louise Liddy Kenneth Waters Keith Boase David Russell ) To mother at Mountain Valley for the School vacation Alfred Russell ) Margaret Cooper Sammy Wright Elizabeth Vickman Rosalind Gordon Frank Laughton Maxine Storer Linette Storer Rosemarie Clancy Lana Marie Clancy Phylis Kitching Sandra Kitching Dennis Kitching Raymond Winsley Shirley Shepherd Robert Shepherd Walter Griffen Beryl Victoria Holtze Gordon Holtze Colin Holtze Allan Austral Anne Frith Raymond Croker Donald Huddleston Leslie Moore Tom Crosbie Ruth Crosbie John Crosbie Billy Crosbie Faith Crosbie Margaret Crosbie Josephine Crosbie (admitted 29.12.1952) Harry Crosbie (admitted 29.12.1952) Ronnie Malone (Returned to Croker Island 10.11.1952) May Angus (to Mrs Angus, Katherine for school vacation) Peter Marshall Peter Pan Quee Women Ruby Shepherd (Working, home each night and week-ends) Winnie Winsley Elsie Woodroffe Lindy Roman (Left home, now with Mrs Ah Mat, Police P.) Connie Gordon (Working at Bagot Road, Hospital) Mrs Harriet Parker Mrs Elsie Holtze Mrs Eileen Austral Mrs Alice Holtze (Returned to Birdum on 22.12.1952) Mrs Maggie Tilmouth (Working Darwin Hospital, home weekends) Bet Bet (Blind woman from Roper Station) Mrs Venus Crosbie (Admitted 29.12.1952) Review Report Retta Dixon Home Aborigines Inland Mission 1952 Employment Placement Claude Holtze, 16 years, returned to his parents to assist in pastoral work Joseph Russel, 13 years, returned to his mother, Mountain Valley Station (Mainoru district) Cecil Sharper, 15 years, working on Mountain Valley Station Colin Halbert, 15 years, working on Douglas Station, Daly River Peter Pan Quee, 17 years, working on Mr Knowles' buffalo shooting property Peter Pan Quee returned to the Home on November 24th when work closed down for the Wet Season. He has been offered work with Mr Knowles again next year. He was paid off at the Home with a cheque for 60 pounds; this has been paid into his Savings Bank Account. Peter now has 75 pounds 10 shillings in his Bank. Staff and Supervision Mrs C Knox ) Coloured Missionaries in charge of girls' dormitory Mrs C South ) Miss R Lacy ) Coloured missionary assistants Miss M Harris ) Monthly Return AIM Home, Bagot Road, Darwin 31.01.1953 Children Ruth Snape Charles Snape Margaret Snape Leslie Reid Trevor Reid Ruby Matthews Roger Roman Annabelle Roman Audrey Roman Rachel Roman Susan Roman Clifford Cummings Barbara Cummings Mena Croft Joyce Croft Corine Shepherd Patsy Kilmartin William Holtze Elaine Kelly John Kelly Josephine Cadell Valerie Colbert John Colbert David Ross Raymond Tilmouth Ian Tilmouth Margaret Tilmouth James Carrol Beverly Carrol Ronnie Woodroffe Lorna Nelson James Anderson Norman Anderson Olive Kennedy Josephine Martin Anne Lane William Lane Vera Doran Marjorie Winphil Joyce Rueben Gwen Rose Denice Austral Brian Austral David Austral Elizabeth Austral Marlene Hayes Glenys Braun Maralyn Braun Ralph Braun Antonia Braun Helen Dempsey Maralyn Lowe Fred Holtze Beryl Holtze Louise Liddy Kenneth Waters Keith Boase David Russell Alfred Russell Margaret Cooper Sammy Wright Elizabeth Vickman Rosalind Gordon Frank Laughton Maxine Storer Linette Storer Rosemarie Clancy Lana Marie Clancy Phylis Kitching Sandra Kitching Dennis Kitching Raymond Winsley Shirley Shepherd Robert Shepherd Walter Griffen Beryl Victoria Holtze Gordon Holtze Colin Holtze Allan Austral (discharged from Home to mother 31. 1.1953) Anne Frith Raymond Croker Donald Huddleston Leslie Moore Tom Crosbie Ruth Crosbie John Crosbie Billy Crosbie Faith Crosbie Margaret Crosbie Josephine Crosbie Harry Crosbie May Angus Peter Marshall Peter Pan Quee Michael Laughton (admitted from Darwin Hospital 5. 1.1953) Murphy Coral (Mrs Daisy Young's child) Women Ruby Shepherd Winnie Winsley Elsie Woodroffe Connie Gordon Mrs Harriet Parker Mrs Elsie Holtze Mrs Eileen Austral (left Home to reside at hut near Fire Street 31. 1.1953) Mrs Maggie Tilmouth (Working, home each weekend) Bet Bet Mrs Venus Crosbie Mrs Daisy Young Mrs Nellie Kiching (returned to Home from Hospital 31. 1.1953) Monthly Return AIM Home, Bagot Road, Darwin 28.02.1953 Children Ruth Snape Charlie Snape Margaret Snape Leslie Reid Trevor Reid Ruby Matthews Roger Roman Annabelle Roman Audrey Roman Rachel Roman Susan Roman Clifford Cummings Barbara Cummings Mena Croft Joyce Croft Corine Shepherd Patsy Kilmartin William Holtze Elaine Kelly John Kelly Josephine Cadell Valerie Colbert John Colbert David Ross Raymond Tilmouth Ian Tilmouth Margaret Tilmouth James Carrol Beverly Carrol Ronnie Woodroffe Lorna Nelson James Anderson Norman Anderson Olive Kennedy Josephine Martin Anne Lane William Lane Vera Doran Marjorie Winphil Joyce Rueben Gwen Rose Denice Austral Brian Austral David Austral Elizabeth Austral Marlene Hayes (discharged from Home to mother 6. 2.1953) Glenys Braun Maralyn Braun Ralph Braun Antonia Braun Helen Dempsey Maralyn Lowe Fred Holtze Beryl Holtze Louise Liddy Kenneth Waters Keith Boase David Russell Alfred Russell Margaret Cooper Sammy Wright Elizabeth Vickman Rosalind Gordon Frank Laughton Maxine Storer Linette Storer Rosemarie Clancy Lana Marie Clancy Phylis Kitching Sandra Kitching Dennis Kitching Raymond Winsley Shirley Shepherd Robert Shepherd Walter Griffen Beryl Victoria Holtze Gordon Holtze Colin Holtze Anne Frith Raymond Croker Donald Huddleston Leslie Moore Tom Crosbie Ruth Crosbie John Crosbie Billy Crosbie Faith Crosbie Margaret Crosbie May Angus (discharged to Croker island 27. 2.1953) Peter Marshall Peter Pan Quee Michael Laughton Murphy Coral Mickey Walker ) Sidney ) Patrick ) Valerie ) Admitted from State Children's Council Diana Carrol ) Discharged to Croker Island 27. 2.1953 Daphne ) Helen ) Margaret Gallagher ) Diana Gallagher ) Admitted to Home 28. 2.1953 Violet Gallaghar ) Women Ruby Shepherd Winnie Winsley Elsie Woodroffe Connie Gordon (married, gone to Isod's Station (VRD)) Mrs Harriet Parker Mrs Elsie Holtze Mrs Maggie Tilmouth (Working, home each weekend) Bet Bet Mrs Venus Crosbie Mrs Daisy Young (with young baby Noel) Mrs Nellie Ktiching Joyce Walker (admitted 13. 2.1953 returned to Alice Springs 26. 2.1953) Monthly Return AIM Home, Bagot Road, Darwin 28.02.1953 Children Ruth Snape Charlie Snape Margaret Snape Leslie Reid Trevor Reid Ruby Matthews Roger Roman Annabelle Roman Audrey Roman Rachel Roman Susan Roman Clifford Cummings Barbara Cummings Mena Croft Joyce Croft Corine Shepherd Patsy Kilmartin William Holtze Elaine Kelly John Kelly Josephine Cadell Valerie Colbert John Colbert David Ross Raymond Tilmouth Ian Tilmouth Margaret Tilmouth James Carrol Beverly Carrol Ronnie Woodroffe Lorna Nelson James Anderson Norman Anderson Olive Kennedy Josephine Martin Anne Lane William Lane Vera Doran Marjorie Winphil Joyce Rueben Gwen Rose Denice Austral Brian Austral David Austral Elizabeth Austral Marlene Hayes (discharged from Home to mother 6. 2.1953) Glenys Braun Maralyn Braun Ralph Braun Antonia Braun Helen Dempsey Maralyn Lowe Fred Holtze Beryl Holtze Louise Liddy Kenneth Waters Keith Boase David Russell Alfred Russell Margaret Cooper Sammy Wright Elizabeth Vickman Rosalind Gordon Frank Laughton Maxine Storer Linette Storer Rosemarie Clancy Lana Marie Clancy Phylis Kitching Sandra Kitching Dennis Kitching Raymond Winsley Shirley Shepherd Robert Shepherd Walter Griffen Beryl Victoria Holtze Gordon Holtze Colin Holtze Anne Frith Raymond Croker Donald Huddleston Leslie Moore Tom Crosbie Ruth Crosbie John Crosbie Billy Crosbie Faith Crosbie Margaret Crosbie May Angus (discharged to Croker island 27. 2.1953) Peter Marshall Peter Pan Quee Michael Laughton Murphy Coral Mickey Walker ) Sidney ) Patrick ) Valerie ) Admitted from State Children's Council Diana Carrol ) Discharged to Croker Island 27. 2.1953 Daphne ) Helen ) Margaret Gallagher ) Diana Gallagher ) Admitted to Home 28. 2.1953 Violet Gallaghar ) Women Ruby Shepherd Winnie Winsley Elsie Woodroffe Connie Gordon (married, gone to Isod's Station (VRD)) Mrs Harriet Parker Mrs Elsie Holtze Mrs Maggie Tilmouth (Working, home each weekend) Bet Bet Mrs Venus Crosbie Mrs Daisy Young (with young baby Noel) Mrs Nellie Ktiching Joyce Walker (admitted 13. 2.1953 returned to Alice Springs 26. 2.1953) Monthly Return AIM Home, Bagot Road, Darwin 30.04.1953 Children Ruth Snape Charlie Snape Margaret Snape Leslie Reid Trevor Reid Ruby Matthews Roger Roman Annabelle Roman Audrey Roman Rachel Roman Susan Roman Clifford Cummings Barbara Cummings Mena Croft Joyce Croft Corine Shepherd Patsy Kilmartin William Holtze Elaine Kelly John Kelly Josephine Cadell Valerie Colbert John Colbert David Ross Raymond Tilmouth Ian Tilmouth Margaret Tilmouth James Carrol Beverly Carrol Ronnie Woodroffe Lorna Nelson James Anderson Norman Anderson Olive Kennedy Josephine Martin Anne Lane William Lane Vera Doran Marjorie Winphil Joyce Rueben Gwen Rose Denice Austral Brian Austral David Austral Elizabeth Austral Glenys Braun Maralyn Braun Ralph Braun Antonia Braun Helen Dempsey Maralyn Lowe Fred Holtze Beryl Holtze Louise Liddy Kenneth Waters Keith Boase David Russell Alfred Russell Margaret Cooper Sammy Wright Elizabeth Vickman Rosalind Gordon Frank Laughton Maxine Storer Linette Storer Rosemarie Clancy Lana Marie Clancy Phylis Kitching Sandra Kitching Dennis Kitching Raymond Winsley Shirley Shepherd Robert Shepherd Walter Griffen Beryl Victoria Holtze Anne Frith Raymond Croker Donald Huddleston Leslie Moore Tom Crosbie Ruth Crosbie John Crosbie Billy Crosbie Faith Crosbie Margaret Crosbie Peter Marshall Peter Pang Quee Michael Laughton Margaret Gallagher Diana Gallagher Violet Gallaghar May Knight Walter Fejo Samuel Fejo Francis Fejo Jean Stott Women Ruby Shepherd Winnie Winsley Elsie Woodroffe Mrs Harriet Parker Mrs Maggie Tilmouth (Working, home each weekend) Bet Bet Mrs Nellie Kitching Mabel Gallagher Letter to J R Ryan, Native Affairs Branch from R K McCaffrey, Acting Director of Native Affairs about the Retta Dixon Home dated 5. 8.1953 Special Investigation I require a special investigation into the following two matters, and a separate report in each case should be submitted. (a) Crosbie Family I understand Mrs Crosbie and her children are at present inmates of the Home, and are being supported by the Home out of budget monies provided by the Government. I understand also that Harry Crosbie, the husband and father of this family, is working at Rum Jungle, and therefore in receipt of at least the basic wage. It is required that you ascertain why they were accepted into the Home in the first place, and secondly, as to why they should remain there, and thirdly, are the children subject to a special report to the State Children's Council. In this regard it would be as well to bear in mind the effects of the proposed Aborigines Ordinance wherein both parents will be automatically exempt from the Ordinance, if not already exempt. (b) Winnie Winsley Information from this folio exempted from access under S 33(1)(g) Archives Act 1983 ........... I require that you investigate her complete background, her present state and condition, and make recommendations as to her future in view of the proposed amendments to the Ordinance. Letter to District Superintendent, Native Affairs Branch from J R Ryan Patrol Officer about the Retta Dixon Home dated 15. 8.1953 Staff ........ Miss Fogarty, about 21 years old, has been on the staff for six months and works in the nursery. She is a half-caste. Miss Lacey is about 25 years old and has worked as a missionary at Phillip Creek and Delissaville Native Settlements, and has been on the present staff for three years. She is a full-blood aborigine. She assists in the nursery. Mrs Knox is a half-caste about 55 years of age. She has been at Bagot Road for three years and has had five years of mission experiences in New South Wales. She is in charge of the infant-school girls and helps with the general domestic work of the Home. Miss South, a half-caste, is about 30. She has been on the staff since February, 1948. Her duties consist of looking after a group of senior girls. ........ Buildings ....... Three of the aboriginal huts have been fenced off and are now included in the mission area. They are occupied by an aboriginal employee Bessie Croft and her two children, by Mrs Knox and Miss Lacey and the third one accomodates a half-caste family who have no direct contact with the mission. This is the Charlie Rotamah family. Mrs Rotamah was previously an inmate of the Home. She works at the native hospital and her husband earns at least award rates of pay. I understand that he is exempted. I see no justification for this family occupying a house on the reserve especially as there is a shortage of accomodation for the aboriginals. Mrs Rotamah is the daughter of Harry Crosbie and it has been reported to me that there are excellent grounds for suspecting the latter of supplying alcohol to the natives when he visits the Rotamahs which I have been told is unduly frequent. Bessie Croft, mentioned above as an aboriginal is by birth a half-caste and is married to a full-blood native who has left her. Other half-castes living at the Mission are: Ruby Matthews, about 18, is a product of the mission, works at Darwin Hospital as a domestic and pays 30/- weekly as board. Ruth Snape, about 18, is also a product of the home, pays a similar amount for accomodation and is at present on sick leave from her work in the record section of the N.T. Administration. Ruby Shepherd, about 40, has been with the mission since prior to the 1939 - 1945 war. She works for Mrs N Paspaley in Darwin as a domestic and receives 3 pounds per week. She is single and has a child in the home. She would not be able to look after herself. Winnie Winsley, about 27, is single and has two children in the home. Section blanked out here. Elsie Woodroofe, about 30, gets 30/- weekly from the mission for her labour. She is not physically fit for regular outside work. She has a child in the home. Harriet Parker, about 69, has no other home. Her husband is reported to live in Darwin. She gets 30/- per week also. Mabel Gallagher, about 16, is uneducated and untrained for employment. She gets one pound per week. (Bessie Croft's wages, omitted above, are 50/- weekly for her laundry work.) Peter Marshall, about 18, is untrained for anything other than minor labouring jobs. He gets 2 pound per week. He was previously an inmate of Croker Island and later had Hansen's Disease in Sydney. Polly Dean and Delsie Hill, both of whom are over 18 years, are from Croker Island and are awaiting suitable employment. They are not on wages at the home. Noreen Althouse is single and arrived at the mission (section blanked out) with a young child on 7. 8.1953. She is not employed. Alice Fejo, a full-blood aborigine with two (section blanked out) children, was admitted to the home recently at the request of the Native Affairs Branch. She is not employed. ........ Employment and Education ........ The following are the details of the post-school children of the Retta Dixon Home: Ruth Snape and Ruby Matthews are employed respectively in the N.T. Administration and the Health Department. They both live in the home. Ruth has been in the Records Section of the Administration for six months and her work is commended by the officer in charge. Ruby works as a domestic at the Darwin Hospital. Jane Crosbie is married to the half-caste Charlie Rotamah, has two children and lives in a hut with her husband on the mission property. Doreen Cahill went to the AIM Training College at Singleton, NSW. On her return to Darwin she left the mission, married Keith Waldock and now lives at Parap. She has three children. Marjorie Harris also went to the Aboriginals Inland Mission Training College and returned to Darwin after nearly four years as a native missionary. She has since married the full-blood aborigine Jack White and lives at Winnellie. She has one child. Ruby Cahill attended the AIM training college, returned to Darwin as a missionary and was later admitted to the Prince Henry Hospital, Sydney with Hansen's Disease. Peter Pang Quee is working for Mr Harold Knowles at Point Stuart. Joe Russell is at Roper Valley Station. Colin Holbet works at Douglas Station. Claude and George Holtze have returned to their parents at Larrimah. Cecil Sharper is alleged to be working in Katherine. Lorna Lee has been at the mission training college in NSW for two years and will return to Darwin at the end of this year as a native missionary. ........ Special Investigation The Harry Crosbie family I have been unable to confirm whether Harry Crosbie is working and I have not discovered where he is living at present. Miss Shankelton considers he is unemployed. His wife and two children are with him. The six older children are inmates of the Retta Dixon Home, three of whom are in the same grade at school. Mrs Crosbie has been living at the home at various times whilst her husband was in gaol and her admission to the home was as a result of requests from the Native Affairs Branch. The children are not subject to the State Children's Council. Their parents are not fit to have control of them nor are they fit to receive an automatic exemption from the Ordinance. If there should be any legal objection to the committal of the Crosbie children there should be no difficulty in having the children controlled by the State Children's Council. The Superintendent of the Bagot Road Native Settlement suspects that Crosbie has recently been supplying drink to the natives. It is reported also that Crosbie visits his daughter, Mrs Rotamah, in the mission area too frequently and it is after such visits that there are signs of drink. Rotamah is working at the award rates of pay and for that reason should not be living on a reserve. I believe he is exempted. He is well-behaved himself but his presence on the reserve is an excuse for Crosbie to enter the area. Winnie Winsley Winnie Winsley's father was until recently in the Newcastle Waters district. Her mother is Norah Kilambie, a full-blood aborigine of Beetaloo Downs Station. Norah is also the mother of Wattie Bathern, one of the co-beneficiaries of the property. It is over two years since I saw her when she was over 70, blind ......................... Section blanked out ..................................... Like some other coloured girls in the area her early training and environment are too strong for her to reach a stage of responsibility that would entitle her to an exemption. Letter to District Superintendent, Native Affairs Branch from J R Ryan Patrol Officer about the Half-Castes not Committed to Institutions dated 11. 8.1953 Eileen Letting and May Morcom, although sent to the Garden Point Mission by the Native Affairs Branch, have not been officially committed to the institution. The latter was formerly at Croker Island and was brought to the mainland to be adopted by a European family in Darwin. This did not eventuate and May was sent to Garden Point because her young full-brother was there. She arrived at Garden Point on 27th May, 1952. She was born at Borroloola on 30th September, 1948. Her father is alleged to be a European, Albert Morcomb of Borroloola and her mother is a full-blood aborigine of the same area. Eileen Letting's birth is registered as the 10th September, 1939. She was born at Willeroo Station of aboriginal mother and chinese father. She was admitted to Garden Point on 25th March, 1953. She was formerly at my residence in Katherine for about eight months. Her mother is dead and her father is thought to be in the Alice Springs area. The following have been sent to Garden Point by relatives but they are alleged to pay nothing for their maintenance: Margaret Cusack was born at Mt Doreen on 17.10.1943 and whose parents were a threequarter-caste father and a full-blood mother. She was admitted on 20. 3.1951 and is in Grade 3. Jack, Eric, Tom and Amy Cooper were admitted on 11. 6.1953. They have a white father and an aboriginal mother. Their birthdays are respectively 13. 4.1945, 13. 9.1947, 8. 6.1949 and 14. 1.1943. They were born about 130 miles west of Pine Creek. The father is a white man known as Dudley Cooper who is at present working on Ooloo Station. The mother is a full-blood aboriginal known as Biddy and who lives with Cooper. The parents claim to have been married by an army chaplain during the war years. They have another young child with them. Mr Cooper arranged with Father Henschke for his children to go to Garden Point but made no conditions about their return. He has so far made no contribution towards their support. Gerard Hurst was born at Bathurst Island to an aboriginal who had been in Darwin and whose father is unknown. Date of birth is 11th February, 1951 and he was admitted to Garden Point on 12th March, 1951. He has not been committed. Philomena Acosta was born on 18.12.1943, probably near Broome. Her mother is a half-caste from Western Australia, Gertie Acosta, who lives in Darwin and is reported to be working at the Darwin Hospital and is a widow. Philomena is not committed. Priscilla Colley (also known as Elizabeth) was admitted on 5. 1.1951 to the Garden Point Mission on the instigation of the half-caste Fred Marton and has not been committed. She was born in Darwin of half-caste parents and whose father is reported to be dead. Her mother is alleged to be the daughter Marton but whose whereabouts are not known. [Note says DOB 31.10.1938] Clara, Henry and George Wilson are threequarter-castes born at Mount Doreen to a half-caste father and an aboriginal mother. They were admitted without committal orders on 20th March, 1951. Their respective birthdays are 12. 8.1946, 7. 4.1943 and 28. 6.1945. To the best of my knowledge none of the above inmates are supported by parents or relations. Neither were the Parry and Stott families who were removed from the mission earlier this year. The bulk of the Committal Orders for Garden Point were made out in May, 1945, one of which was for a woman of over 49 years. She left this year. These Committal Orders supplied only the name and no other details and they stipulated no date nor age when the committal would expire. Twenty-seven inmates have left the mission's control without being officially committed; these were mostly children who were given to the mission during the evacuation for the war years. Elizabeth Brigid Carter, born 28. 3.1942, and her sister Margaret (Peggy) Carter, born 10. 5.1947, were both committed on 1.11.1949. I understand that their maintenance is being paid for by their deceased father's estate. They were born at Mount Esther Station and their father was a european and their mother a full-blood aborigine. Apart from the children under the care of the State Children's Council there appears to be only one inmate of the Croker Island Mission who has not been committed by the Director of Native Affairs. Max Cummings is his name and he was formerly at the Retta Dixon Home in Darwin. He was sent to Croker Island because he was difficult to manage in Darwin. He was born in either Tennant Creek or Darwin on 12. 1.1942. His mother is Nellie Cummings and his father an unknown european. Full details are not available, or rather were not supplied to Croker Island, of the State Children's Council children. The following are the known particulars: Malcolm Campbell was born on 1. 7.1938 and was admitted 20. 6.1951. His parents, probably coloured, reside in Alice Springs. Daphne, Patrick, Sydney and Micky Walker, whose father is supposed to be an Alice Springs half-caste, were admitted to Croker Island on 27. 2.1953. Their older brother Phillip arrived on the 7th November, 1952. Diana, Valerie and Helen Carroll also arrived from Alice Springs on 27. 2.1953. Their parents are presumed to be in Alice Springs. Of the inmates at the Retta Dixon Home, Darwin only three are committed. Names and particulars of the others are attached hereto. Adults residing at Retta Dixon Home Ruby Matthews, aged 18 years ) were children of the Home, now working Ruth Snape, aged 18 years ) and contributing 30/- per week maintenance Ruby Shepherd, works for Mrs N Paspaley, Smith Street Darwin, 1 child in Home Winnie Winsley, is not physically fit for work, assists at Home, 2 children Elsie Woodroofe, is not physically fit for regular work, assists at Home, 1 child in Home Mrs Harriet Parker, aged, no other home, assists when able Mabel Gallagher, approx 16 years old, uneducated, untrained, waiting to be placed in employment Polly Dean ) Girls from Croker Island, waiting for employment Delsie Hill ) Noreen Althouse, young woman with young child, came to Home on friday night, 7th August Mrs Alice Fejo and 2 children, Placed in the Home by the NAB, after recent court case Peter Marshall, late inmate of Prince Henry Hospital Sydney, (Hansen's disease). Discharged and returned to Darwin 11. 3.1952 ... words blanked out ..., seems difficult to place him in suitable work List of Details about Children Name of Child Charles Arnold Snape Mother Alice Snape H/C, deceased Father Charles Snape H/C, deceased Date of Child's Birth 19. 8.1938, Darwin Name of Child Margaret Snape Mother Alice Snape H/C, deceased Father Charles Snape H/C, deceased Date of Child's Birth 1.10.1940, Darwin Name of Child Leslie Reid Mother Ruby Reid H/C, deceased Father European Date of Child's Birth 3. 1.1940 Katherine Name of Child Trevor Reid Mother Ruby Reid H/C, deceased Father European Date of Child's Birth 17. 4.1942 Alice Springs Name of Child Roger Roman Mother Lindy Roman H/C, single Father Dick Butler H/C (?) Date of Child's Birth 10. 3.1940 Darwin Name of Child Annabelle Roman Mother Lindy Roman H/C, single Father European Date of Child's Birth 13. 3.1942 Alice Springs Name of Child Audrey Ruth Roman Mother Lindy Roman H/C, single Father European Date of Child's Birth 26. 6.1946 Darwin Name of Child Rachel Mary Roman Mother Lindy Roman H/C, single Father European Date of Child's Birth 29. 6.1947 Darwin Name of Child Linda Susan Roman Mother Lindy Roman H/C, single Father European Date of Child's Birth 17. 1.1950 Darwin Name of Child Clifford Cummings Mother Nellie Cummings H/C, single Father H/C Date of Child's Birth 17.10.1940 Darwin Name of Child Barbara Ellen Cummings Mother Nellie Cummings H/C, single Father European Date of Child's Birth 11. 4.1948 Darwin Name of Child Mena Croft Mother Bessie Croft H/C Father Davy Croft F/B Date of Child's Birth 14. 6.1938 Darwin Name of Child Joyce Croft Mother Bessie Croft H/C Father Davy Croft F/B Date of Child's Birth 21. 1.1942 Pine Creek Name of Child Corine Shepherd Mother Ruby Shepherd H/C, single Father European Date of Child's Birth 28. 1.1938 Darwin Name of Child Patricia Holtze Mother Elsie Holtze H/C Father Ron Holtze H/C Date of Child's Birth 8.12.1943 Balaclava, South Australia Name of Child William Holtze Mother Elsie Holtze H/C Father Ron Holtze H/C Date of Child's Birth 18. 2.1946 Darwin Name of Child Elaine Veronica Kelly Mother Nellie Kelly H/C, single Father Allan Laughton (?) H/C Date of Child's Birth 4. 1.1943 Alice Springs Name of Child John Morris Kelly Mother Nellie Kelly H/C, single Father European Date of Child's Birth 11. 2.1947 Darwin Name of Child Josephine Cadell Mother Alice Cadell H/C, deceased Father European Date of Child's Birth 4. 3.1946 Alice Springs Name of Child Valerie Judith Colbert Mother Daisy Colbert H/C, single Father European Date of Child's Birth 3. 3.1946 Alice Springs Name of Child John Henry Colbert Mother Daisy Colbert H/C, single Father European Date of Child's Birth 29. 3.1947 Darwin Name of Child David Holtze Mother Mrs Teresa Ross (nee Holtze) 3/4C Father European Date of Child's Birth 1. 9.1942 Birdum, Northern Territory Name of Child Raymond Tilmouth Mother Maggie Tilmouth H/C (separated) Father Roy Tilmouth H/C Date of Child's Birth 19. 3.1942 Alice Springs Name of Child Ian Tilmouth Mother Maggie Tilmouth H/C Father Roy Tilmouth H/C Date of Child's Birth 19. 9.1949 Darwin Name of Child James Carroll Mother Evelyn Carroll H/C (separated) Father George Carroll H/C Date of Child's Birth 9. 3.1944 Alice Springs Name of Child Beverly Carroll Mother Evelyn Carroll H/C (separated) Father George Carroll H/C Date of Child's Birth 1. 6.1946 Alice Springs Name of Child Ronnie Woodroffe Mother Elsie Woodroffe H/C, single Father European Date of Child's Birth 28. 3.1942 Birdum Name of Child Lorna Nelson Mother Maudie F/B Father Horace Nelson, European Date of Child's Birth 8. 8.1938 Tennant Creek Name of Child James Anderson Mother Mary F/B Father Ernest Anderson, European Date of Child's Birth 6. 5.1939 Tennant Creek Name of Child Norman Anderson Mother Molly F/B Father Ernest Anderson, European Date of Child's Birth 29. 9.1938 Tennant Creek Name of Child Audrey Anderson Mother Nellie F/B Father Ernest Anderson, European Date of Child's Birth 3. 2.1944 Tennant Creek Name of Child Olive Kennedy Mother Maudie F/B Father Ernest Kennedy, European Date of Child's Birth 19. 8.1943 Tennant Creek Name of Child Josephine Martin Mother Sarah F/B (murdered) Father Cock Martin, European Date of Child's Birth 10. 6.1940 Tennant Creek Name of Child Anne Lane Mother Dinah F/B Father Bert Lane, European Date of Child's Birth 5. 3.1938 Tennant Creek Name of Child Michael Laughton Mother Ada Laughton (nee Smith) H/C Father Unknown, European Date of Child's Birth 5.10.1952 Darwin Name of Child May Knight Mother Kitty Djibu F/B Father Unknown, European Date of Child's Birth 17. 4.1942 Esmerelda Station Name of Child Walter Fejo Mother Kitty Moore (nee Fejo) H/C Father Jimmy Fejo H/C, deceased Date of Child's Birth 8. 6.1939 Darwin Name of Child Sammy Fejo Mother Kitty Moore (nee Fejo) H/C Father Jimmy Fejo H/C, deceased Date of Child's Birth 24. 8.1941 Darwin Name of Child Francis Fejo Mother Kitty Moore (nee Fejo) H/C Father Jimmy Fejo H/C, deceased Date of Child's Birth 26. 8.1946 Darwin Name of Child Robert Shepherd Mother Betty Shepherd H/C Father Robert Shepherd H/C Date of Child's Birth 23. 8.1949 Darwin Name of Child Beryl Victoria Holtze Mother Elsie Holtze H/C Father Ron Holtze H/C Date of Child's Birth 2. 7.1947 Darwin Maintenance Paid by Father Name of Child Margaret Gallagher Mother Daisy F/B Father Jack Gallagher H/C Date of Child's Birth 15. 5.1944 Waterloo Station Name of Child Diane Gallagher Mother Daisy F/B Father Jack Gallagher H/C Date of Child's Birth 20. 7.1945 Waterloo Station Name of Child Violet Gallagher Mother Daisy F/B Father Jack Gallagher H/C Date of Child's Birth 22. 4.1947 Waterloo Station Name of Child Jean Stott Mother Molly F/B Father Jim Stott H/C Date of Child's Birth 15.11.1946 Tipperary Station Name of Child Robert Stott Mother Norah F/B Father Harry Stott H/C Date of Child's Birth 3. 8.1943 Adelaide River Name of Child May Stott Mother Norah F/B Father Harry Stott H/C Date of Child's Birth 5. 5.1946 Adelaide River Name of Child Phyllis June Kitching Mother Nellie Kitching H/C Father Peter Kitching, European Date of Child's Birth 4. 7.1948 Darwin Name of Child Frank Laughton Mother Ada Laughton H/C Father European Date of Child's Birth 27. 5.1951 Darwin Name of Child Alfred Russell Mother Queenie H/C Father Stan Russell, European Date of Child's Birth 23. 2.1946 Alice Springs Name of Child Ruth Russell Mother Queenie H/C Father Stan Russell, European Date of Child's Birth 16. 4.1947 Darwin Name of Child Joan Russell Mother Queenie H/C Father ? Date of Child's Birth 4. 4.1949Darwin Retta Dixon Home Letter to Director of Native Affairs dated 28. 8.1953 Dear Sir Thank you for Committal Orders received on Monday, 24th August 1953. In checking same, I find that there are no forms for the following children Glenys Braun Maralyn Braun Ralph Braun Anthonia Braun Ian Tilmouth Margaret Florence Tilmouth The last named child was omitted from our list, I herewith attach particulars of her birth etc. Yours faithfully M Shankelton Retta Dixon Home Letter dated 28. 8.1953 Name of Child Margaret Florence Tilmouth Father European Mother Maggie Tilmouth H/C Date of Child's Birth 6. 2.1951 Darwin List titled St Francis Home Semaphore Name of Child James Bray Father William Bray, exempted 16. 8.1940 Mother Mary Bray, exempted 16. 8.1940 Date of Child's Birth 10. 6.1941 List titled Retta Dixon Home Name of Child Ian Tilmouth Father Roy Tilmouth, exempted 7. 2.1946 Mother Maggie Tilmouth, exempted 21. 7.1948 Date of Child's Birth 19. 9.1949 Name of Child Glenys Braun Father Tommy Braun, exempted 24.10.1939 Mother Mary Rivers (nee Daly), now Braun, exempted 28.11.1940 Date of Child's Birth 6. 5.1942 Name of Child Maralyn Braun Father Tommy Braun, exempted 24.10.1939 Mother Mary Rivers (nee Daly), now Braun, exempted 28.11.1940 Date of Child's Birth 31. 8.1944 Name of Child Ralph (Stanley) Braun Father European Mother Mary Rivers (nee Daly), now Braun, exempted 28.11.1940 Date of Child's Birth 6.12.1946 Name of Child Anthonia (Antonie) Braun Father European Mother Mary Rivers (nee Daly), now Braun, exempted 28.11.1940 Date of Child's Birth 19. 4.1948 Name of Child Eric Roberts Father Alleged European (no information) Mother Alice Roberts, exempted 11. 7.1951 Date of Child's Birth 17. 8.1952 Letter from Native Affairs Branch to Aborigines Inland Mission dated 4. 9.1953 Dear Miss Shankelton Receipt is acknowledged of your letter of August 28th 1953, and it is advised that the children mentioned together with the child Eric Roberts are exempted from the provisions of the Aboriginals Ordinance 1918 - 1953. The exemption of these children was automatic at the birth due to the fact that in all cases each parent was either an exempted half-caste or a European, and consequently these children cannot be committed. Yours faithfully R K McCaffery Acting Director of Native Affairs Letter from Native Affairs Branch to Retta Dixon Home undated Dear Miss Shankelton MABEL GALLAGHER The abovenamed girl is a ward of this Branch, having been committed to the Retta Dixon Home on 28th February 1953. I received a letter dated 23rd July 1954, from Mabel's father, who is employed at Waterloo Station, ..... Section blanked out .......... I am infoprmed that you wrote to Mr Gallagher on behalf of Mabel, who is a minor and a ward of the Director of Native Affairs. For your information, it is directed that any matters affecting the future welfare of wards of this Branch shall be referred in the first instance to this office for consideration by the child's legal guardian. This administrative direction affects all wards committed to the care and custody of the Retta Dixon Home. Yours faithfully R K McCaffery Acting Director of Native Affairs
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