Collection UQFL102 - Hilda Tuxworth Papers

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Hilda Tuxworth Papers


  • 1875-1993 (Creation)

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29 boxes, 1 parcel, 1 tube, 1 album.

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Biographical history

Hilda Tuxworth, MBE, was a long term resident of Tennant Creek. She was the author of several books on the Northern Territory, particularly the Tennant Creek area. She was an interviewer for the Northern Territory Oral History Committee and a contributor to the Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. One of her contributions was on Mary Ward, the "Missus of Banka Banka" station. Mrs Tuxworth was the mother of a former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and MLA for Barkly, the Hon Ian Tuxworth.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, 1875-1993
Collection alternatively titled as: Hilda Tuxworth Collection.

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Scope and content

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.

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Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access.

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Copyright applies.

Language of material

  • English

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Uploaded finding aid

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Existence and location of copies

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

Related units of description

Related material can be found at: F2619 Diary of the Banka Bank Station for 1959 and F3884 Photographs of Banka Banka Station.

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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 photographic material may contain images of Aboriginal and Islander people now deceased.

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224221987 ; 505761712

Libraries Australia ID

45220186 ; 63015258

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Revised, Linda Justo, 23-Jan-2023. Revised, SJB, 22-Nov-2022. Revised, Linda Justo, 5-Mar-2022. Revised, FF, 05-Mar-2021. Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.;




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