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Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography

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  • Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography

    NORTHERN TERRITORY


    DICTIONARY OF BIOGRAPHY


    REVISED EDITION


    Edited by


    DAVID CARMENT, CHRISTINE EDWARD,


    BARBARA JAMES, ROBYN MAYNARD,


    ALAN POWELL AND HELEN J WILSON


    Charles Darwin University Press


    2008 Cover images: Left Hobbles Dannayarri (photographer Deborah Bird Rose), centre Eileen Jones


    and right H C Chan (courtesy of the Djorra Djagamirri Collection, Charles Darwin University)


    Copyright for the publication is vested with the publisher or, for the original Volume 3, with the


    Northern Territory Government. Copyright for each article in the publication is vested with the author


    or authors.


    This publication is copyright. Apart from fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research,


    criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process


    without written permission. Enquiries should be directed to the publisher, Charles Darwin University


    Press, Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT 0909, Australia.


    Published by Charles Darwin University Press, http://www.cdu.edu.au/cdupress


    First published as three volumes in 1990, 1992 and 1996


    Published as revised edition in one volume in 2008 and available in paperback (ISBN


    9780980457810) and on CD under the same title (ISBN 9780980384697)



    National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry


    Title:N orthern Territory dictionary of biography [electronic


    resource] / editor David Carment ... [et al.].


    Edition: Rev. ed.


    ISBN: 9780980384697 (CD-ROM)


    Subjects: Northern Territory--Biography.


    Northern Territory--History.


    Other Authors/Contributors:


    Carment, D., 1949-


    Dewey Number: 920.09429


    Produced in Darwin by UnipriNT, Charles Darwin University, Darwin NT 0909, Australia. N


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    Preface to the Revised Edition ...................................................iv n



    Prefaces and Acknowledgements from Earlier Volumes .........v T


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    Editorial Committee 1985-1996 ................................................vii


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    h PREFACE TO THE REVISED EDITION


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    This edition of the Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography includes numerous factual and stylistic


    corrections to articles in the three previously published volumes. No attempt, however, is made to update or


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    enormous task well beyond currently available resources. Articles are, consequently, up to date only until the time


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    FROM EARLIER VOLUMES


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    This volume sprang from the belief of Darwin historian Peter Spillett that Northern Territory history, with its distinctive r


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    themes of ‘last frontier’, Australian colonialism and the direct impact of war, warranted a much wider biographical record t


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    than could be provided in a national publication such as the Australian Dictionary of Biography. In 1983, a working


    party was set up under the auspices of the Northern Territory University Planning Authority to formulate criteria for r


    inclusion and to contact potential authors. Darwin Institute of Technology took up the support of the project in 1985 and y


    at that time, the working party became an Editorial Committee. In mid-1986, the project transferred, with the General


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    Editor, to the newly created University College of the Northern Territory. The amalgamation on 1 January 1989 brought


    the Institute and the University College together as the Northern Territory University. The project continues with that i


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    body. Several early decisions have shaped this work; firstly, that the spread of entries should provide a broad reflection


    of life in the Territory rather than focussing upon eminent public figures. Thus, while public figures are represented, t


    they are not all here. Many who were representative of sections of Territory society, in time, geographical distribution, io


    occupation, are included.


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    A special effort has been made to record the lives of migrant groups, women and Aborigines, those people whose


    contribution to Territory society has been great but often poorly documented. In that regard, another decision was a


    made: that it was better to publish what could be found on such people, no matter how incomplete, than to leave them


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    unrecorded. It was also determined that authors be sought from the widest possible range of strands in the Australian and y


    Northern Territory population: represented in this volume are professional historians and eminent academics, students,



    librarians, those whose work or special interests have given them knowledge of people of the past, members of pioneer o


    families with access to family archives. The wide range of authorial occupations and interests is matched by the range


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    of writing styles; for we have rejected the established custom of editorially-imposed unity in favour of allowing the


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    maximum permissible expression of personality, attitude - and even idiosyncracy - to come through in the writings of


    each author; ‘colour’ is not incompatible with historical worth. Lastly, we have kept firmly in mind that the main interest i


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    of this volume is the Northern Territory. Many of those recorded here had extended careers outside the Territory; in all


    cases, their Territory experience is the focal point of the entries. g


    This volume spans the period from the early British and French explorers of the Northern Territory coast to 1945, r


    - and all those recorded herein are dead. Within that period, our work has shown, there are many, many more who would a


    be worthy subjects for inclusion in a work of this kind; and there is a whole generation since 1945 as yet unrecorded.


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    This volume is very much the result of combined effort. From the earliest days of the project, members of the Editorial


    Committee, Don Brech, Jack Haydon, Michael Loos, Vern O’Brien and Peter Spillett have consistently given it strong


    support and the benefits of wide knowledge in Territory history. There could be no more energetic and able Deputy


    General Editor than David Carment. Helen Wilson admirably overcame the administrative and academic problems of


    getting the project under way. Long after Helen had moved on to academe, my research assistant Robyn Maynard earned


    special mention because she took up the cause when it seemed to have lost all momentum and, in two strenuous years,


    brought it to fruition. Kerry Davies brought the final version to order. From 1985, Mr Kevin Davis, Director of the


    Darwin Institute of Technology encouraged the project and generously provided logistical support from the resources of


    D.I.T. Professor Jim Thomson, Warden of the University College of the Northern Territory, did likewise from mid-1986;


    and both, as Deputy Vice Chancellors of the Northern Territory University, have continued their support; it is fitting that


    this volume should be one of the first major publications of the new tertiary institution. Evi Adams and Donna Duke,


    with their usual speed and efficiency, reduced the mass of material to coherent order on the word-processor. There were


    many outside the Northern Territory who contributed materially, too: foremost amongst them were Dr Geoffrey Serle w


    and Dr Chris Cunneen of the Australian Dictionary of Biography who provided many leads and allowed us the use of w


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    their vast research findings. Our research assistants in Canberra, Pati Sharp and Alan Fraser, provided a firm basis for .c


    many entries. Registrars of Births, Deaths and Marriages in several States and in the Northern Territory did all they could d


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    war, warranted a much wider biographical record than could be provided in a national publication such as the Australian


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    Dictionary of Biography.


    r The first volume of the Dictionary was published in 1990. Edited by David Carment, Robyn Maynard and Alan


    n Powell, it spans the period from the early British and French sea explorers of the Northern Territory coast to until the end


    of the Second World War. Its preface sets out the origins of the project and the various decisions that had shaped it.


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    This second volume covers the period from 1945 until the attainment of Northern Territory self-government but


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    also includes some subjects that could not appear in Volume One. Like the first volume, Volume Two aims to provide


    r a broad reflection of life in the Territory rather than focusing on eminent public figures. In some cases, this has meant


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    that subjects are included about whom relatively little is known. Nevertheless, we felt it was better to publish what we


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    t could about them than unjustifiably leave them unrecorded. Authors come from the widest possible cross section of the


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    community and there is a considerable range of writing styles.


    r The principal interest of the volume is the Northern Territory. In all cases, the Territory experience of subjects,


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    however eminent they might have been elsewhere, is the focal point of entries.


    Despite the fact that every care has been taken, it is inevitable in a project like this that there will be unfortunate


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    omissions, errors of fact and odd interpretations. For these the editors, not the authors, take full responsibility. Our


    i principal hope is that, notwithstanding any such defects, this volume, like the first, will record in an interesting manner


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    the lives of many persons associated with the Northern Territory who are worthy of remembrance for their good or evil


    t deeds, their influence, or, quite simply, their fascination as human beings.


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    DAVID CARMENT and BARBARA JAMES


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    a Acknowledgements


    This volume, like the first, is very much the result of combined effort. Members of the Editorial Committee, Baiba


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    y Berzins, Greg Coleman, Jack Haydon, Michael Loos, Robyn Maynard, Eve Gibson, Barbara James and Helen Wilson


    worked enormously hard and with real enthusiasm and expertise to bring the project to fruition. The Faculty of Arts


    o at the Northern Territory University provided logistical support and resources. Special thanks must be given to the


    f Northern Territory Minister for Education, Hon. Shane Stone, and the Territory Minister for Conservation, Hon. Mike


    Reed, for providing, through their departments, generous financial assistance. The Northern Territory Archives Service


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    awarded the project a History Grant, which came at a crucial time and was much appreciated. John Ritchie and Chris


    i Cunneen of the Australian Dictionary of Biography at the Australian National University were always helpful and


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    allowed use of their records. The assistance of the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages in Adelaide deserves special


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    acknowledgement. Librarians, archivists and public servants throughout Australia, of whom there are far too many to


    r name individually, provided enormous assistance. Gratitude must also be expressed to the hard working staff of the


    a University Printing/Publishing Services and Helen Wilson for her proof reading. Last, but certainly not least, there are


    p the contributors. They are the real creators of this volume.


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    DAVID CARMENT


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    VOLUME THREE


    The Northern Territory University Press published the Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography’s first two volumes in


    1990 and 1992. Their prefaces set out the origins of the project and the various decisions that shaped it.


    This, the third volume, has as its focus people whose careers flourished from 1978 until 1990 but it also includes


    many lives that belong to an earlier period. The book aims to provide a broad reflection of life in the Territory with


    authors and subjects coming from a wide cross section of the community.


    The volume is very much the result of combined effort. Members of the Editorial Committee gave it a strong


    backing. Special thanks must go to the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, Hon. Shane Stone, for his invaluable and


    sustained support. The Office of the Arts and Cultural Affairs in the Department of the Chief Minister and the Heritage


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    project to continue and be published. The Historical Society of the Northern Territory Incorporated ably providing


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    .c information on births, deaths and marriages. Librarians, archivists and public servants throughout Australia, of whom


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    .e agreed to publish the volume and thanks go to the Press committee members for their patience and support. Last, but


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    EDITORIAL COMMITTEE 1985-1996


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    AUTHORS


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    r Alford, Bob Bucknall, Ruary


    n EATON, Charles : Vol 3 HAWKS, Cedric James : Vol 3


    MOSS, Harry : Vol 3 WINNECKE, Charles : Vol 1


    T Amey, Judith Canavan, Michael


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    GRIFFITHS, Henry : Vol 3 IVANETZ, Ivan : Vol 1


    r Asche, Valerie ZIMIN, Innokentiy Temofevich : Vol 1


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    ASCHE, Beryl Victoria* :Vol 3 Carment, David


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    t GILES, Harold Stanage : Vol 3 ABBOTT, Hilda Gertrude* : Vol 2


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    GILES, Lilian Doris : Vol 3 BUCKNALL, John Graeme : Vol 3


    r MOO, Kenneth : Vol 3 CHISHOLM, David Anthony : Vol 2


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    Atkinson, Wendy CLUNE, Frank : Vol 2


    ATKINSON, Carl : Vol 3 DE HAYER, Peter : Vol 1


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    Austin, Tony DOOLAN, John Kevin Raphael : Vol 3


    ic McGINNESS, Valentine Bynoe : Vol 3 DURACK, Michael Patrick : Vol 2


    SAUKURU, Kolinio Naulago : Vol 3 EEDLE, James Henry : Vol 3


    t STANDLEY, Ida : Vol 1 FLETCHER, John William : Vol 2


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    o GRANT, Archibald Wesley : Vol 3


    Balfour, Susan


    HARDY, Francis Joseph : Vol 3


    n ROBERTS, Henry : Vol 1


    HASLUCK, (Sir) Paul Meernaa Caedwalla : Vol 2


    Barter, Leith


    a IDRIESS, Ion Llewellyn : Vol 1


    DOLAN, Anna Elizabeth & Thomas John* : Vol 3


    r JOSE, Roger : Vol 1


    Batterham, Cecilia


    y KILFOYLE, Thomas : Vol 1


    BRENNAN, Alice Kathleen Lorraine : Vol 3


    KNIGHT, John George : Vol 1


    o JONES, Eileen Rosemary : Vol 3 LOCKWOOD, Douglas Wright* : Vol 1


    O’BRIEN, Jacqueline Moya* : Vol 3


    f MACKAY, Donald George : Vol 1


    Bauer, F H MARTIN, Alfred : Vol 2


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    REDMOND, Leonard George : Vol 3 McKEDDIE, George* : Vol 2


    io Beard, May MURRAY, William George : Vol 1


    DRYSDALE, Alexander Stewart : Vol 1 NELSON, Harold George* : Vol 1


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    DRYSDALE, Alexander Stewart (jr) : Vol 1 NELSON, John Norman : Vol 2


    r DRYSDALE, William : Vol 1 NOBLE, Malachi : Vol 3


    a JOHNSON, Edmund : Vol 1 PATTERSON, Rex Allan : Vol 2


    p JOHNSON, Frederick : Vol 1 ROBINSON, Roland Edward : Vol 2


    Birman, Wendy SCHMIDT, Rudolph* : Vol 2


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    ELSEY, Joseph Ravenscroft : Vol 1 STRETTON, Alan Bishop : Vol 2


    y GREGORY, (Sir) Augustus Charles : Vol 1 THOMSON, James Miln : Vol 3


    Bishop, C E TRAN, My-Van : Vol 3


    LOCK, Annie : Vol 2 TUXWORTH, Hilda Elsie : Vol 3


    Bolton, Geoffrey TUXWORTH, Ian Lindsay : Vol 3


    FORREST, Alexander : Vol 1 Cartwright, Max


    Braitling, Walter ANDREW, Abraham : Vol 3


    BOWMAN, Bryan : Vol 3


    BRAITLING, William Walter : Vol 1


    BUCK, Robert Henry : Vol 3


    Briggs, Anne


    MULDOON, Philip Francis : Vol 3


    COOPER, Reuben John : Vol 1


    Church, Judith


    COOPER, Robert Joel : Vol 1


    DEEN, Fazal : Vol 1


    Brolly, Ian


    Clinch, M A


    ROSS, John : Vol 1


    BUCHANAN, Nathaniel : Vol 1


    w Brown, Shirley


    w CAHILL, Patrick : Vol 1


    GOLDER, Hazel Clarence : Vol 3


    w FREER, Cecil : Vol 3


    .c HEATH, Eileen : Vol 3


    d WAUDBY, William Johnson : Vol 3 FREER, Maria : Vol 3


    u FREER, Percy : Vol 3


    .e Bucknall, Graeme


    d FREER, Percy Robinson : Vol 3


    u BLOOMFIELD, Lewis Alexander : Vol 1


    .a HAYES, Edward : Vol 2 TULLOCH, Donald Gordon : Vol 3


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    /c HAYES, William : Vol 1


    d PLOWMAN, Robert Bruce : Vol 2 CROME, Mary Catherine : Vol 1


    up PRICE, Frederick Alfred & Isabelle Violet : Vol 2 CROSS, Louisa Gladys : Vol 1


    re DOVE, Emily Isobella : Vol 1


    s ROSS, Alexander : Vol 3


    s DYER , Alfred John : Vol 1


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