Cattle trade -- Northern Territory -- History



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Diary kept at Banka Banka Station, 1959

  • F2619
  • Item
  • 1959

Records daily weather conditions, station activities, work undertaken. Written in a Week on a Page Invicta Australian Economic Diary No. 7 : 1959. For almost every day there is an entry giving the temperature for the day, wind direction, rain and weather details. Activities noted for each day include who went to do which farm repairs, what creeks were running, goods and mail deliveries, illnesses, arrivals and visitors. There is a brief entry on 17 March, saying Philip (Ted) Ward had died in Longreach. There are general references to Australian Aboriginal people employed on the station, without names. Daily entries have been written by several people, some in third person and some in first person. There are no financial or asset statements or lists of workers. Inside cover has contact details for selected friends and relatives, like DL and V Edwards.
Includes colour negative of painting of Banka Banka Station by Hilda Tuxworth.

Banka Banka Station (N.T.)

Photographs of Banka Banka Station

  • F3684
  • File
  • [194-?]-1970

Banka Banka cattle station, 100 km north of Tennant Creek, was bought in 1940 by Mary and Philip (Ted) Ward. The file contains copies of photographs of life on Banka Banka station. Also some photographs of Mt Isa, Camooweal, and Howard Springs.

Edwards, Valmae

Hilda Tuxworth Papers

  • UQFL102
  • Collection
  • 1875-1993

Collection reflects Mrs Tuxworth's interest in the local history of the Northern Territory. It includes: correspondence, personal papers, newspaper cuttings, photographs, reel to reel tape, and twenty three diaries of Banka Banka station from 1928 to 1961 (some years are missing)

Hilda Tuxworth obtained some of the Banka Banka diaries around the time Mary Ward was selling the property. This took from 1970 to 1972 when the sold the property. Mary Ward shared the diaries between her niece, Val Edwards, and Hilda. Banka Banka Station was established by Thomas Nugent as a cattle station in 1895. Nugent left the station to his sister, Mary Ambrose. The first diary from 1928 to 1931 would have been recorded during the ownership by the the Ambrose family. The Ambrose Family owned and ran the station until Paddy Ambrose put Banka Banka on the market in 1940. Ted and Mary Ward bought it in 1941. Capital from the Wards' Blue Moon Mine was used initially to purchase and then to undertake improvements and developments of the station. From 1945 weather details began to be recorded in the diaries. Ted Ward died on 17 March 1959. Mary Ward ran the station until 1970. In 1972 the land titles for the pastoral lease were transferred to Nelson Bunker-Hunt.

Tuxworth, Hilda