Annual Report 2002/2003 Heritage Advisory Council (Twelfth Report)
Tabled paper 1162
Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
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HERITAGE ADVISORY COUNCIL TWELFTH ANNUAL REPORT 2002-03 11 The site also derives significance from its associations with F J Gillen and P M Byrne who, in collaboration with Baldwin Spencer, made important contributions to the disciplines of anthropology and zoology, and with J Kite, an Aboriginal artist (sculptor) of some renown. It is these historical associations that are valued by the local Aboriginal community. Wreck of the Young Australian The remains of the Young Australian are significant as a tangible reminder of one of the greatest events and achievements in Australias history. It is also a tangible link to the association and the specific role the Roper River and the Northern Territory played in the construction of the Overland Telegraph Line and its subsequent connection with the submarine cable at Palmerston (Darwin). The Young Australian is the oldest known shipwreck in the Roper River and one of the earliest examples of shipping associated with European influence in the area. For the Northern Territory it is a unique example of nineteenth century marine technology and is the only known paddle steamer wreck in the Northern Territory. The surviving fabric is also a reminder of the dangers and hardships faced, and the achievements of the construction workers, their supervisors, ships captains and crews and the haulage contractors,
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