Territory Stories

Across the Barkly Tableland to the Kimberleys



Across the Barkly Tableland to the Kimberleys

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Memories and experiences of a pioneer


Traine, Thomas


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These are the memories and experiences of a pioneer Mr. Thomas Traine written in the early 1920's. 'The object of the writer is to compile a narration of facts free from fictitious perversions.' Page 1; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).


"My principal qualifications are practical experiences commencing from the early goldfields days in New South Wales and a knowledge acquired on outback cattle stations and driving, early pioneering and exploring in the far north of Australia, and coming into contact with tribes of aboriginals who had not seen a white man before, overlanding in Western Australia. And finally, I would endeavour to impress on the young men of Australia that the Northern Territory is a white man's country and Australia's land of the future." - [words by Thomas Traine].; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Across the Downs country -- The Icley rush -- Early land settlement -- [Bushrangers] -- Life under normal conditions on a back-block station with seasonal changes -- Chapter 6 [The whole story] -- Chapter 7 [ Becoming a drover] -- Chapter 8 [Decided to have a holiday] -- Chapter 9 - 1882 -- Hostile natives -- Leaving the hostile natives' country -- Finding the new track -- Branding the herd -- Murder of the crew of 'The Pelter' -- Finding the relic of a white man -- Putting or pointing the bone -- Dealings with the natives -- Initiation ceremony -- The Kimberley rush -- Exploring unknown country -- Further dealings with the natives -- The wild horse in the north of Australia and the brumby hunter -- Native snatches a rifle -- Life in the Northern Territory -- Chapter 25 [Returning to Borroloola] -- Chapter 26 [Finding a track between McArthur River and Newcastle Waters]-- Chapter 27 [Newcastle Waters] -- Chapter 28 [The 'pub'] -- The ragged thirteen -- Tragedies in the North -- Tragedy at Renard Springs -- Chapter 31 [Cattle to market] -- Chapter 32 [Heading to Western Australia] -- [no Chapter 33] -- Chapter 34 [Wydham to Broome] -- Chapter 35 [Roebourne] -- Port Hedland in brief. Information concerning Mr. Thomas Traine - Compiled by his daughter Mrs. Glady Ryan from records at the Battye Library, Perth. May 1978.




Explorers -- Australia, Northern -- Biography; Australia, Northern -- Discovery and exploration; Rylstone, New South Wales; Perth, Western Australia; Biographical material

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