Native Welfare Reports & Correspondence Talgarno Area
Assorted correspondence 1964
Letter 1 - 4th November 1964
Department of Native Welfare
4th November, 1964
Preliminary Advice of Movement of Aboriginal Woman
During my return from the search of F2 impact area, I
called on a small group of Aborigines at Yirilta Soak, 37 miles
south of Windy Corner (11 m S. of Taltawara) and 2.4m west of the
2. I asked Nawali(na), female, aged about 25 years, if she
would like medical treatment for her apparent injuries and she asked
if she could accompany me and two guides to Warburton Mission. I
took her to the Mission on medical grounds, and she was examined at
the Mission hospital on 24 October, 1964 by the hospital sisters and
a visiting medical officer.
3. Nawali was suffering from a head wound on the forehead and
a serious infection reaching from her upper jaw to behind her right
ear. She had also been beaten about the thighs in the same fight.
The doctor pointed out an old depressed fracture of the skull and
evidence of a probable broken arm from earlier days. She also had
several old spear pricks on her shoulders. Medical opinion was that
she will recover after penicillin injections and treatment in Warburton
4. Nawali is a widow with no dependent children and she did not
have any very close relatives in the Yirilta group. She was advised
that she would have the opportunity of accompanying the next WA
patrol back to her area if she so desires.
5. Notes and recommendations about the group will be continued
in my forthcoming report on the F2 patrol.
JPM Long Notes 1957 - 1962
Native Patrol Officer
Letter 1 - 14th August 1964
Department of Native Welfare
250 Adelaide Terrace
Box R 1268 GPO
Weapons Research Establishment
Further to my letter of the 3rd August, 1964, it
is believed that your Native Patrol Officers will require
the services of suitable native guides during their forth-
coming activities in connection with the proposed launching.
For this reason the Superintendent of Native Welfare
at Port Hedland has been asked to locate two suitable guides
and he has furnished the following information :-
'Enquiries were made with the assistance of Mr R
Tonkinson, Anthropologist, who recommends the persons
concerned. (Both at Jigalong Mission.)
Tommy Abbott F/B, age about 35 years - has worked
on stations and has reasonable command
of simple English - he was born in the
vicinity of Well No 35 on the Canning
Stock Route and speaks, at least, four
native languages, including Mandjildjara
and the language developed by natives who
migrated north, ie Wanmadjari; also
conversant with languages spoken in
Wiluna and Warburton areas.
Mr Tonkinson is satisfied that he knows the Lake
Midjumidju F/B, age about 35 years - was one of
@ Njani party of primitive natives who came
into Jigalong Mission from McKay Range
area last year.
Advice would be appreciated, please, as early as
possible, as to arrangements made with the Weapons
Research Establishment, Woomera, regarding future
intended patrolling of the target area.'
Commissioner of Native Welfare