File F3684 - Photographs of Banka Banka Station

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Photographs of Banka Banka Station


  • [194-?]-1970 (Creation)

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16 photographs, 16 negatives.

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Biographical history

Val Edwards was the executor and niece of Philip and Mary Ward. Various documents and accounts of Banka Banka Station and the Wards who owned it give her name as Val, Valmai, Valmae, and Valerie.

Banka Banka cattle station is almost 100 km north of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory. It was bought in 1940 by Philip (Ted) Ward and Mary Alice Ward (nee McEntyre). Ted Ward died on 17 March 1959. Valmae Edwards (née, Reid, wife of Donald Leslie Edwards) and Mary Ward were executors of Philip Wards estate. Probate was granted on 5 September 1961.

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Original photographs lent to Fryer Library for copying by owner.

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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.

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  1. Cattle at bore Banka Banka station, 1945
  2. Christmas dinner Banka Banka Station, N.T. 1956
  3. Mt Isa, 1954
  4. Banka cattle at bore [1945?]
  5. Banka vegetable garden [1940s?]
  6. Native huts on hill west of Banka Banka Station via Tennant Creek, N.T.
  7. Banka mob Banka Banka Station – Suzanna, Christine, Rod, Aboriginal girl & children, 1959
  8. Mr and Mrs Wohnert with Mrs Ward, Nambour, 1970. Mr & Mrs Wohnert were at Banka Banka Station with Mrs Ward 1943-1950
  9. Northern Territory Queensland border (Camooweal) [undated]
  10. Howard Springs, Northern Territory, Aug 1973.
  11. Last roundup at “Fomoy”?, Aug 1959
  12. Koosney boys, Christine and Banka mob, Banka Banka [1959?]
  13. Bougainvillea Banka Banka garden, 1967 – On verso: "Dear Robin, Here is a Banka picture to wish you a very merry Xmas with love from Aunty M Ward"
  14. Northern Territory Queensland border (Camooweal) [undated]
  15. Helen Christie, Val & Rob – Bob Christie manager Banka Banka 1955-60?
  16. Car on edge of road at Churchills Head, N.T.

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Unrestricted access.

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Copyright applies.

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  • English

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Originals were retained by donor.

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Digital copies of some items held in Fryer Library (Restricted) collection in UQ eSpace.

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Further Banka Banka material held in Hilda Tuxworth manuscript collection UQFL102.

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This collection may contain culturally sensitive words or descriptions, some of which might not normally be used in certain public or community contexts.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are warned that this manuscript may contain images or names of people now deceased.

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Revised, Linda Justo, 2-Dec-2022. Revised, SJB, 22-Nov-2022. Revised, Linda Justo, 7-Apr-2022. Revised, AM, 25-Feb-2020. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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