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Looking after Elsey : Station and Home single work   oral history   life story  
Date: 1990
Issue Details: First known date: 1996... 1996 Looking after Elsey : Station and Home
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Mary Nurniyn tells how her father, Yiworrondo, or Jungle Dick, dammed the Roper River at the request of Elsey Station's manager, Harold Giles. This resulted in the filling of lagoons which meant some Aboriginal people were pleased with the improved fishing, whilst others downstream were not so pleased.


  • Includes annotations by Francesca Merlan

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • 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. 45-55
Last amended 18 Jan 2018 13:29:58
  • Roper River area, East Arnhem Land, Arnhem Land, Top End, Northern Territory,
  • Elsey Station, Northern Territory,
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