Territory Stories

The Garden Point Mob



The Garden Point Mob

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Stories about the early days of the Catholic mission and the people who lived there, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the mission


Historical Society of the Northern Territory


Brogan, Thecla


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Garden Point


Published to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Roman Catholic mission at Garden Point (Pularumpi) on Melville Island begun in 1940; consists of stories mostly from the early days, prepared by people who were taken to the mission as children in the 1940s and by some of the staff of the mission in the early days; includes evacuation to Melbourne in 1942 and return in 1945, conditions at the mission, dormitory life, education, recreation including hunting, bush trips and football.


Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Early days at the mission at Garden Point / J. Pye -- Mission 1940-1945 / E. Bennett -- Gifts from the skies / L. O'Dwyer -- Arrivals at Garden Point; daily life / Sister Elsie, Mick Cussen, Marie Gardner, Thecla Brogan -- How Leon Gregory go the name "Foxie" / Luke S Morcom -- Ada's story / Ada Bailey -- Faye's story / Faye Gavenlock -- Happy days at Garden Point / Barbara Tippolay -- Evacuation 1942 / Eileen Ryan -- The first months / Sister Antoninus -- Harold Anderson / Luke S. Morcom -- Some of the boys / Jack Cusack -- Memories of Garden Point 1956-1964 / Sister Christopher Cleary -- Garden Point grows up / Peter Brogan -- Melville Island song / words by Sister Mary Annunciata.




Melville Island; Catholic Church; Missions; Aboriginal Australians; Religion

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Historical Society of the Northern Territory

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x, 85 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm.

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j Brother Pye and Melville Island football team 82 that some restrictions had to be placed on it. Reg and Lawrence Liddy, Cyril Rioli and Campbells played A Grade in Darwin. Ted Henry excelled at Baseball. Boxing was encouraged by Father A Cuneo, self-defence was something they needed to know for their later work took them into all sorts of situations. The men and boys were very keen on Australian Rules football and still are; it helped them a lot socially and made them acceptable in many areas. They have made a consderable contribution to Saint Mary's Club in Darwin - an A, B and Colts Club - started for the Tiwi Islands people. Jack Long has been captain-coach of the Saints; names too numerous to mention have figured in the A Grade in the various states. Jack Long played several times for the Northern Territory, David Lee for South Australia. Cyril Rioli's sons are well known and still in form. Paul Campbell's son Basil, the man with the mighty long kick, was a regular player for South Fremantle. The Perkins boys played for Saint Mary's. Leon Gregory, known as 'The fox' was an attraction in Darwin football. He and Jack Long played for Saint Mary's longer by far than most other players. He played his 150th game in December 1975. Stewie Jeffrey a hard-working ruckman and Jock McLennon and Kim Hill were top line rovers from Garden Point. In the off season a few took to Rugby. Raymond Cadell was a regular for south Darwin A Grade. It is a compliment to Bathurst Island that Garden Point's greatest moment in football was when they gave Bathurst Island their first defeat on their own ground in 1959. At present, Garden Point, under the name of Imalu, are in the Tiwi Nguilla League formed in 1969. Imalu have won many premierships including the Umpire's Knockout Competition in Darwin when Chris Brogan was the coach. The Welfare Branch took over the full operating responsibilities of Garden Point from the 1st January, 1968. As from this date the branch was responsible for the supply of all foodstuffs and 83

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