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The citation : the newsletter of the Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society



The citation : the newsletter of the Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society


Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society Inc


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Northern Territory Police Museum & Historical Society Inc

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Issued November 2008

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1839-3918; 1839-390X


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November 1, 2008 [CITATION: NT POLICE MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY] C I T A T I O N - N o v e m b e r 2 0 0 8 Page 11 When Pike returned to Cairns with his mother and aunty, detouring to Alice Springs where they froze in a tent, he launched the magazine which was printed in Townsville. After a year, the trio decided to pack up and shift to the Territory. They subsequently bought the Emerald Springs roadhouse at the 133-mile, near Pine Creek, and for two years supplied truckies with hearty plates of steak and eggs, it being the only tucker they wanted. A regular customer was an Irish driver who carried a shillelagh in his cabin for protection. They later moved near to Darwin, the 23 mile, on a five acre block. The magazine ran for 12 years and Pike estimated he received an average of $12 a week for all his efforts. In editorials Pike campaigned for better roads, completion of the Adelaide to Darwin railway, defence bases and provision of community services. Because of their common interest in painting and writing, Pike and Hall had frequent conversations. Pike was a self taught artist whereas Hall had been an art student when he enlisted for World War 1. Records show that Halls father, in the art trade, had moved to America at some stage. Pike said Hall, half blind, was inclined to be irascible and grumpy, nevertheless entertaining. With no great respect for the powers that be, Hall had a humorous way of describing people. While Halls poor vision has been attributed to an injury sustained during the bombing of Darwin, Pike understood Halls eyesight had been affected by coal dust which blew into his eye while travelling on a train between Darwin and Katherine. An eye operation may also have gone wrong, and he was left with greatly reduced vision. Pike laughingly recalled that, despite his impairment, Hall judged entries in the art section at the Darwin Show. He lived in an army hut at East Point when Pike first knew him, and wore an apron when painting at an easel. Jessie Litchfield was not overly fond of Hall. At some stage Hall, almost completely blind, lived at Nightcliff and was looked after by his wife, a pleasant woman, who died suddenly. Ted Morey was full of fascinating anecdotes about his time in the Territory. Pike visited Teds widow in Adelaide and described her as a woman of great charm and character. Another Territory policeman Pike had dealings with was the late Sergeant Sandy McNab who, he revealed, had been hooked on jelly beans, which he bought from Woolworths in large quantities. In Darwin Pike wrote a booklet called Darwin- Australias Northern Gateway which was wrongly collated at the NT News. His mother was so annoyed it is a wonder she did not grab the rifle, jump on a horse and put the wind up the editor. Another book he wrote about the Territory Frontier Territory - sold well, notching up sales of 15, 000. Ted Morey provided pictures for that book. It contains several references to NT police. Pike gave the NT Police Museum and Historical Society permission to run the following excerpts about Darwin in the l920-l930s: In the twenties it was a drab little town, a mixture of East and West with a polyglot population of Chinese, Malays, Japanese, Filipinos, Koepangers, and all the crosses in between. When the mixed blood girls and ladies dressed in their best on picture nights, they appeared quite exotic. There were cattlemen in sombreros, snake trousers, and high- heeled riding boots, buffalo shooters with beards and cartridge belts, pearlers with their boys a colorful population that gave life to a township mainly of corrugated iron shacks, with upper