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Title: Harold Stanage Giles Manuscript Collection 1900-1901
Author: Giles, Harold Stanage
Publication location: Unknown
Publisher: Unknown
Publication date: 1901
Notes: Date:1901
Manuscript reference no.: MS 9.
Description / Abstract: Harold Giles was born in March 1890 at Springvale Station in the Northern Territory, the third of four children of Alfred Giles and Mary Augusta. Four years after Harold’s birth the family moved to Bonrook Station homestead just out of Pine Creek. This diary is a childhood account of life in the Northern Territory in the Federation period. Soon after this was written, Giles, like his brothers before him, would be sent away to boarding school in Adelaide. Growing up in the bush, Harold was a good shot and excellent bushman. He became a policeman and enlisted in the First World War, although was found to be medically unfit and he rejoined the police force. When posted to Maranboy, Harold met and fell in love with a young nurse from the Maranboy Inland Mission Hospital. They married in 1924 and went on to have three children. He retired to Queensland in 1954 after managing Elsey Station and eventually died in Brisbane in 1960. This diary offers a rare opportunity to read a first-hand account of a child’s life on a pastoral station in the Territory at the beginning of the twentieth century. An account of daily life by a Top End schoolboy at the turn of the century, 1900-1901. Harold Giles notes daily events where trips to Pine Creek and Bonrook Station are mentioned frequently. Cradling for gold is also a common occurrence, with young Harold telling of his discoveries. The diary is in exercise book format and is handwritten in ink. The diary is in a fragile condition but has been transcribed.
Language: English
Subject: Giles, Alfred, 1846-1931
Giles, Felix Gordon, 1885-1950
Giles, Leslie Henry Alfred, 1887-1949
Giles, Harold Stanage, 1890-1960
Giles, Maude Lorenzo Francis (aka May), 1893-1923
Ranches -- Northern Territory -- Bonrook Station -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Subject Location: Bonrook Station
Pine Creek
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Access: Made available by the Northern Territory Library via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).
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Appears in Collections:Historical Publications

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HS_Giles_MS9_1900.pdfDiary - Harold S. Giles - 19009.2 MBAdobe PDFThumbnail
HSGILES_MS9_1900-1932_LETTER.pdfdated 06-07-19322.81 MBAdobe PDFThumbnail
HSGiles_MS9_1900_HANDWRITTEN_TRANSCRIPT.pdf31-09-1900 to 26-09-190122.95 MBAdobe PDFThumbnail
HSGILES_MS9_1900-1903_PICTURE.tif1903 Harold S. Giles - 10 year76.19 MBTIFFThumbnail
HSGiles_MS9_1900_TYPED_TRANSCRIPT.pdfDiary - Harold S. Giles - 1900 to 30-08-190021.14 MBAdobe PDFThumbnail
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