Narional Archives of Australia
Correspondence, R Macaulay, 10 November 1958
10 November 1958
Additional information is submitted relating to the last
paragraph of Mr W MacDougall's report of 31st October, 1958, on
On 17th August, 1958, I questioned Jimmy and Kantubi
about their half-caste child Sylvia. Their story is that they were
accompanying a Kurangara corroboree from Warburton to Oodnadatta
via Blackstones, Mt Davies, Mulga Park, Ernabella, and Finke.
Jimmy left his wife and child (Thomas) at Mulga Park where they
became ill. They were transported from Mulga Park to Ernabella by
truck and sexual intercourse occurred on the way between the driver
and Kantubi. This was apparently between April or May, 1957, as the
child was born December or January, 1958.
Kantubi and Jimmy describe the truck driver as having
lightly coloured hair 'blue' (grey or blonde) in parts. He was not
a young man and drove a red truck from the SA Mines Department
plant boring for water west of Mulga Park.
The child was born near Blackstones and named by Mr
Mitchell at Warburton Mission. She was well cared for when seen by
me and the parents and relatives seemed contented with the child.
Kantubi was not speared or beaten although there is no question of
her sexual compliance.
The boring team comprised Messrs E Jamison, I MacDougall,
S Hennessy, and E Zardins. Enquiries by the SA Aborigines Depart-
ment may establish if any of the team was involved, and may lead to a
cancellation of permit(s).
Native Patrol Officer