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Date: 1990
Issue Details: First known date: 1996... 1996 Mister Little
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Four Aboriginal men set out to deliver a message from the Hodgson Downs station manager to Elsey Station, but split into pairs after a difference of opinion about which route to take. One pair encountered Elsey's manager, who accused them of spearing cattle and killed them when they denied it. After this, he found the message they were carrying, realised there were two more messengers, and endeavoured unsuccessfully to locate and kill them.


  • Includes annotations by Francesca Merlan, who suggests that the perpetrator was apparently J. K. Little, station manager at Elsey 1915-16, just after the station had been purchased by the Thonemann family.

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Big River Country : Stories from Elsey Station Francesca Merlan , Alice Springs : IAD Press , 1996 Z1371539 1996 anthology single work biography oral history extract life story Indigenous story

    'Elsey Station has long been famous as the setting for We of the Never-Never, Jeannie Gunn's Australian classic of pioneering outback life. In Big River Country, the Elsey is revealed through the words of the country's original inhabitants, the Mangarrayi and Yangman people of the Roper River area...' (Source: back cover)

    Alice Springs : IAD Press , 1996
    pg. 37-42
Last amended 18 Jan 2018 13:28:54
  • Roper River area, East Arnhem Land, Arnhem Land, Top End, Northern Territory,
  • Longreach, Longreach - Barcaldine - Alpha area, Far North Queensland, Queensland,
  • Elsey Station, Northern Territory,
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