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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 9 wrote letters to family members down south with interesting details of their life in the Territory, one unusual fact being that Tom never wore socks. Tom Turner did not just fade away into the mists of history. There are no less than two places named after him in the NT. There is Tom Turners Crossing, a ford, and Tom Turners Creek, a stream, near Peppimenarti. When Darwin based Stipendiary Magistrate, Stuart Dodds, went on a circuit court run in 1958 with his depositions clerk, Andy Hogg, it revealed a shortage of Bibles in police stations. After holding court in Katherine, Mr. Dodds proceeded to Mataranka where the court was set up in the police station. It became necessary to swear in a witness with a Bible. However, no Bible could be found. The court was adjourned while the officer searched the station and his living quarters, but to no avail. He explained that defendants usually pleaded guilty so there was no need to swear in witnesses. Mr. Dodds, a lay preacher, said this was an unsatisfactory situation, so the court was adjourned to the next town, Larrimah, about 100kms away, where it was hoped there would be a Bible. However, it looked like a repeat situation at the police station Until an elusive Bible, the property of the Tracker, was found. Mine Host at the Larrimah Hotel at the time was former Mounted Police Constable Jack Mahoney. When the Bible shortage made the newspapers the NT was flooded with offers of copies. When the pioneering North Australian Monthly (NAM) magazine was launched in l954 two former NT Mounted Policemen galloped in to help make it a success. They were Vic Hall and Ted Morey who contributed articles to the publication which covered the nation north of the 26th parallel. Other contributors were pioneering men and women, drovers, station owners, missionaries and journalists. One was Michael Sawtell who wrote about riding from Darwin to Derby in WA during the Wet of l908, swimming flooded rivers and not seeing one person along the way. Sawtell campaigned down south to divert northern rivers inland to flood Lake Eyre and in Sydney was the chairman of the Committee for Aboriginal Citizenship. The ambitious magazine, launched and run on limited means, was a joint venture between historian/author/painter/publisher Glenville Pike, pictured below with a trunk filled with his stories and part of his book collection, and journalist Mrs. Jessie Litchfield who ran the Roberta Library in Darwin, the assistant editor. Mrs. Litchfield was renowned for strongly urging customers in her lending library to take out a NAM subscription for 30 shillings ($3). A straight talker with strong views and opinions, she was not impressed by a certain Administrator and told him he was a fool.