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Issue Details: First known date: 1991... 1991 Camp at Barrow Creek
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The author describes the attack and killing of staff at the Barrow Creek Telegraph Station by Aborigines in 1874. Includes Geoffrey Crabthorn's poem 'The Last Message'.


  • From p107-109 of Expedition Across Australia.

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    y North of the Ten Commandments : A Collection of Northern Territory Literature David Headon (editor), Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991 Z54431 1991 anthology poetry short story prose correspondence extract

    'The writers and story-tellers included in this collection relate an important, even epic tale. They tell a story which in 1988 (white Australia's bicentennial year) rarely received attention because, while it tells of courage and love, it also focuses on killing and conquest, eccentricity and madness, and a land as hostile and murderous as it could be gentle and caring...' (Source: Preface)

    Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1991
    pg. 51-52
    Note: Accompanying black and white photograph of Barrow Creek Telegraph Station on p51.
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