Police Station, Burketown
Letterbook 1906 - 1911
QS 485/1 Queensland State Archives
21. 2.1907 (07/417) Relief supplied to 9 Aborigines
27. 7.1906 (248/06) Gin Topsy left Burketown with W H Alpin
before Policeman Coles took charge at Burketown
1. 8.1906 (254/06) Gin Kitty Macintosh still in camp.
1. 8.1906 (255/06) Re Lalley's H/C - Sydney alias Percy.
This gin is a H/C child that Mrs ?Lock has applied to adopt and
was taken to Camooweal. CPA says child should be sent to a
28. 8.1906 (276/06) Circular from Home Dept 18. 6.1906 about
Aborigines in receipt of relief. Only 9 receive relief at Burketown,
Aligator, 64 years
Kitty, 66 years
Rosey, 70 years
Kitty No 2, 57 years
Maggie, 60 years
Biddy, 36 years
Billy, 47 years
Mary, 66 years
Mary No 2, 58 years
Receiving rations since May 1904.
Five other old and feeble Aborigines in the district in need
18. 9.1906 (293/06) Sam has returned to Burketown and is in the
employ of Thomas Smith who is camped at Woods Lake near Burketown.
Commodore has not yet arrived but may return any day with
18. 9.1906 (294/06) Two H/C children have returned and are living
in the camp near Burketown. No Police available to escort them
to Mapoon this month.
24. 9.1906 (299/06) Toby arrested for breaking and entering
and sentenced to 6 months hard labour in Normanton Gaol.
1.10.1906 (303/06) Death of a H/C Chinese child aged 2 months,
named Yum Choy (Gum Choy) on 25. 9.1906. Father is a Chinaman
named Ah Man and the mother an Aboriginal gin named Lucy.
They appear legally married. Death was at Woods Lake and child
died of pneumonia.
18.11.1906 (338/06) Sepoy Downs Aborigines.
Navy and Dick belong to Sepoy Downs
Barney to Point Parker
Munday to Lawn Hill
Also mentions Lena
28.11.1906 (341/06) Supply of liquor to Aborigines by Chinaman
Jimmy (Jemy) Ah Sue at Woods Lake. Mentions
Minnie, camped at Woods Lake
4. 1.1907 (4/07) Tracker Noble ill. Noble died.
17. 1.1907 (18/07) Tracker Charley, aged 23 years, a native of
Laura, to replace deceased Noble.
21. 3.1907 (50/07) Damaged letter to do with Kitty Macintosh.
25. 3.1907 (53/07) About Blacks being removed from Burketown and
supply of blankets to them. 58 Blacks consisting of 25 gins,
20 boys and 13 children. One gin was sick and taken back to the
1. 4.1907 (60/07) Savings Bank books for Le-- and Sophie sent
11. 4.1907 (66/07) Charlie came to Police Station looking for
work. Employed as Tracker. Was afraid to go back to the Station
where he originally worked as he was scared of the Blacks there,
and did not belong to their country. He could not speak the
language of the Leichhardt Blacks.
30. 4.1907 (82/07) Tracker Charlie wants to leave.
3. 5.1907 (83/07) Aboriginal wages received at Burketown.
6. 5.1907 (84/07) Strange has been returned to Burketown and
about to leave with Mr Carlow when the bond will be again
6. 5.1907 (85/07) Commodore has been returned to Blue Mud Bay.
6. 5.1907 (86/07) I beg to report that the Aboriginal Burgular
as far as I can ascertain has not been returned but I understand
from Oswald Skuthorpe that Burgular belongs to the Bowen
District and was taken to South Australia and left in the Northern
Territory when a young boy and was travelling in with Skuthorpe
in hopes of again reaching his own country in Bowen District.
6. 5.1907 (87/07) Jock returned to Burketown but has now gone
to the Cloncurry District with Griffith.
6. 5.1907 (88/07) The following Aborigines have returned to
South Australia, passing through Burketown with Alick McKay.
They went to Floraville where the cattle were handed over to a
drover named Huddy.
15. 5.1907 (101/07) Mentions half-castes William McIntyre and
John Downs who belong to the Burketown District. May now be in
the Cloncurry District.
20. 5.1907 (105/07) Tracker Charlie gone and headed for Kamilaroi
21. 5.1907 (107/07) Tracker Silver to replace Charlie. Silver is
26 years old and a native of Westmoreland.
3. 6.1907 (116/07) Jumbo charged with stealing at Burketown.
entenced to 3 months hard labour at Normanton Gaol. Agreement
with J Reilly to be cancelled.
24. 6.1907 (128/07) H/C James McGregor died in the Black's Camp
at Augustus Downs Station on 11. 6.1907. Buried at the Station.
26. 6.1907 (132/07) Tracker Silver ill.
13. 7.1907 (138/07) Wages for
28. 7.1907 (150/7) Patrol through Floraville, Augustus Downs,
Lorraine and Armaranald Stations. Mentions Tommy and Dave at
Augustus Downs Station.
12. 8.1907 (159/07) Antecedents of Tommy who is charged with
1896 6 months hard labour Normanton Gaol
1897 6 months hard labour Normanton Gaol
1899 14 days, drunk
1904 6 months
20. 9.1907 (179/07) Removal of George, Tiger and Toby from
Lawn Hill Station to Yarrabah Mission Station.
3.11.1907 (203/07) More about removal of George, Tiger and Toby.
The three were restrained by chains and handcuffs.
22.11.1907 (217/07) More about removal of Aborigines from Burketown
to Yarrabah Mission Station.
. 8.1911 (134/11) Neglected children from Lawn Hill Stn.
Mentions Kitty, who had a contagious disease. She had 3 children.
Kitty died and children brought to Burketown.
H/C girl about 7 years old
F/B boy aged about 5 years
F/B boy aged about 3 years
Children to go to an Industrial School.