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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