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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 Historical Society; Northern Territory Police Force; History; Police; Periodicals

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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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Northern Territory Government



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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 16 Old newspaper clippings about the Northern Territory often contain interesting and unusual information. A batch recently came to light dealing with Mrs. Aeneas Gunns 1908 book We of the Never- Never in which Mounted Constable Michael John Kingston was one of the many characters. Rejected for publication several times, the book eventually sold well in excess of 500,000 copies. A l933 Adelaide Advertiser cutting covered the Adelaide reunion of four of the original 22 characters in the book, the first time they had been together for 35 years. They were John McCarthy (Irish Mac), Jack Mcleod ( The Quiet Stockman), T. Pearce ( Mine Host ) and H. Bryant ( The Dandy Stockman ). Irish Mac, nearly 70, wore a tie for the first time in 35 years. Pearce entertained the Press by wielding a 15ft stockwhip to knock a cigar from the mouth of Bryant. The others were also handy with the whip. Mrs. Gunn, whose name was Jeannie, living in Melbourne, was unable to attend the reunion, but sent a telegram. According to the cuttings, Irish Mac, who lived in a thatched hut near Katherine, died in Adelaide Hospital a year after the reunion. The Worlds News magazine of April l945 stated that arrangements were being made to transfer the remains of another character The Sanguine Scott , buried near the Roper River, to be moved to the Katherine Cemetery, which had become what it termed a literary shrine . By June l953, a Walkabout magazine cutting reported there were only two of the characters alive - Jack McLeod, 77, running a bicycle repair shop in SA, and Ernest Goss (The Little Lad), about 61, living in Swan Hill, Victoria. The magazine carried a picture of Mrs. Gunn, 83, living in Hawthorn, Victoria. Mounted Constable Kingston, (The Wag ) in the book, died from blackwater fever in Katherine. He joined the SA Police Force on November 1, 1882 and transferred to the