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Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association



Year in review 2016-2017, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association


Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association yearbook; Reports; PublicationNT




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Livestock -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Beef cattle -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Ranches -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

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A brief resume of the life of Walter (Wally) William Braitling I was born in Alice Springs on the 12th. April 1930 at the Australian Inland Missions Hostel, Adelaide House. I spent the next 2 years in Alice Springs while my parents worked droving cattle, and preparing to move out to their new cattle property on Mt. Doreen. In 1932, they bundled everything they had into a 3 ton GMC truck and a Buick buckboard. Setting up camp near a native well, we lived in a bough shed and soon met up with the primitive aboriginals who gradually drifted in. I soon learned the ways of the aboriginal, as their children were my only playmates. There werent many visitors and no such thing as regular trips to The Alice. When the Catholic Church started its school in 1938, I was among the first draft. There were very few visits home, but when the first occasion arose, much to my horror, I discovered that I was losing my Walbrai language skills. At the end of 1938, with some local children and some from the Oodnadatta area, I attended The Far West Outback Childrens Camp at the seaside in Adelaide. On leaving school in 1949 I returned to Mt Doreen where the aftermath of the war was still being felt. During the next ten years the effects of war were beginning to fade, and a new truck offered more trips to town. My father died in 1959, and soon afterwards, my mother went to live in Alice Springs. In the same year, I married Barb. With her help by cooking for the staff, tending to the sick aboriginals, looking after our family, and with some good seasons and stock prices, conditions began to improve. A new homestead was built at Vaughan Springs and improvements to the property with bores and yards made for better management. Barb still had time to become one of the few women pilots in the NT and often flew the bore-runs in our Cessna 182. We have 4 terrific children, Shane, (dec.) Denis, Jacquie, and Matt. Just as good are the 13 grandchildren and at this date 3 great grandies. I have a lot to be thankful for. Postscript (Written by Roy Chisholm) I personally would like to add a postscript to Wallys story, there are a few things that have not been mentioned that should be included in the life that Wally and Barb led at Mt Doreen. Wally had a lot to contribute to the cattle industry in central Australia, he was one of the first innovators to truck cattle from property to market instead of droving, I believe that the first truck was a Foden picked up from Sydney in 1953. He was dedicated to making the territory a better place to live, and was involved with the Centralian Pastoralist Association, Northern Territory Bushfires Council and the Northern Territory Cattlemens Association for which his contributions were recognized receiving a life membership in March 2009. For those that remember, the Mt Wedge cricket match it would not have been the same without The North West Cricket Clubs esteemed Vice Captain Wally Braitling - highest score, 18 in1972. Wally was a kind man with a devilish sense of humor that always held an interest in other people, particularly giving advice to the younger ones starting in the industry. I will fondly remember my yarns with Wally. Vale Walter Braitling 120 NTCA YEAR IN REVIEW 2016/17

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