History: Fitzroy in flood

Geiki Gorge shelter 1 danielle wegener

Some indication of the last times the Fitzroy had a decent flood.

Geiki Gorge shelter 2 danielle wegener

These pics of the shelter near Geike Gorge are from Danni-elle Wegener.

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Monday, July 19th, 2010 Fitzroy Crossing 320 Comments

People: Peter Holland and the post office surgeon

Peter Holland

Peter Holland

Tonight Peter Holland told the story of the legendary Halls Creek surgical operation directed by telegraph from Perth.

He explained how his grandfather, Doctor Joe Holland, then raced from Perth to Halls Creek by boat, car and sulky to attend to his patient.

“This story actually elbowed the war news off the front pages of the newspapers,” said Mr Holland.

He spoke to a powerpoint presentation of the famous story at the Kimberley Society tonight. more »

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 Halls Creek, People 1 Comment

New book about Aboriginal military personel

Gordon Marshall

Gordon Marshall

A book is being written about Aboriginal servicemen and women from Western Australia.

The author is seeking help to find photographs of a number of Kimberley people.

Kimberley Echo [read this story]


Friday, June 25th, 2010 Aboriginal 107 Comments

Help identify ‘Ned Kelly’ skull

Tom Baxter, of Derby, last year handed in a skull he said was Ned Kelly’s.

Authorities are now appealing to the public to help prove the skull belongs to Australia’s most famous bushranger.

The West Australian [read this story]

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Sunday, June 20th, 2010 Derby, Police and courts 230 Comments

Opinion: Michael Sinclair-Jones on Rottnest prison

Aboriginal men from all over Western Australia imprisoned at Rottnest Island

Aboriginal men from all over Western Australia imprisoned at Rottnest Island

The holiday resort of Rottnest Island was the site of a notorious Aboriginal prison.

Michael Sinclair-Jones says the government is reneging on a promise to tell the island’s true history. more »


Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 Aboriginal, Government, Opinion Comments Off

People: Corioli Souter

Corioli Souter

Corioli Souter

Maritime archaeologist Corioli Souter spoke to the Kimberley Society this week about our region’s maritime history.

She described the surveys made by the WA Museum at sites such as the failed Camden Harbour settlement, pearlers’ camps, catalina flying boats and traditional Aboriginal fish traps. more »

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Saturday, May 8th, 2010 People 311 Comments

History: Derby port ships over 30 cattle per hour in 1895

An excited Derby correspondant said new improvements allowed 119 cattle to be shipped in just three hours!

This 115-year-old story about the Kimberley’s oldest town and port comes from the West Australian.

The West Australian Tuesday 6 August 1895, page 5

From the West Australian Tuesday 6 August 1895. Courtesy National Library of Australia

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Saturday, April 24th, 2010 Business and finance, Derby, Government Comments Off

History: Ivan Bridge on Mornington and Glenroy stations

Ivan Bridge

Ivan Bridge

Ivan Bridge, who grew up on Mornington Station, has an interesting take on this newspaper story.

He said the two stations must be Glenroy and Mornington, and other people managed each of them succesfully after Kidman pulled out.

The Canberra Times  Wednesday 28 August 1935, page 1

The Canberra Times Wednesday 28 August 1935, page 1

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Sunday, April 18th, 2010 Aboriginal Comments Off
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