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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 10 Pike, 83, battling cancer, now lives in Mareeba, Queensland, and recently recalled the welcome input by Hall and Morey to the magazine. Their tales about the Territory were well received by readers who were as far afield as Australia House in London, the magazines exotic content fascinating intending migrants. The idea for the magazine developed in l952 when Pike, with his freelance journalist mother, Effie, and aunty, Dorothy, drove a Dodge utility from Cairns to Darwin via the Gulf. This same trio had in l937 put all their worldly possessions on seven packhorses and trekked for three weeks from Atherton to a 1000 acre property at Middle Oakey Creek, near Cooktown, which they rented for $1.50 a month. The owner of the property had made a fortune gold mining and spent most of his time in a Cooktown pub. Aged 12 at the time, Glenvilles education was continued by his aunty under a large mango tree not far from an abandoned blacksmiths shop at what had been a Cobb and Co staging station. The nomadic writer Ernestine Hill who penned The Territory later rented the same slab homestead they lived in when she worked on the novel My Love Must Wait, about English naval navigator Matthew Flinders who circumnavigated Van Diemens Land and the Australian continent. Glenvilles mother once slung a rifle over her shoulder, jumped on a horse and confronted a well known family of cattle rustlers, warning them what would happen if they stole her stock. On that first trip to Darwin, Pike was both astounded by the many interesting stories he came across and angered by the obvious government neglect of the North. His aunty had more than a passing interest in the Territory because in l915 she had turned down a marriage proposal from a holidaying NT policeman in Sydney who wanted to take her back to the remote Roper River. When the trio drove into Darwins main business centre, Smith Street, it was not an impressive sight. The Bank of New South Wales, now Westpac, was still a wartime ruin, business conducted from a fibro shed between it and Cashmans Store. Most shops had mesh grill fronts, not glass windows. There was a shop called Sweetmans that sold an odd assortment of goods vegetables, clocks, jewelry and clothing. There may also have been a pharmacy there or nearby. Mrs. Litchfield lived in the back of her library and was delighted to hear Glenvilles views which accorded with her beliefs. She was so enthusiastic about starting a magazine that she advanced him a loan of 250 pound ($500). His mother recognised a book in the library which she had read as a child and Mrs. Litchfield gave it to her as a present.