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Title: Doreen Braitling
Date of Death: 1905-06-01
Date of Birth: 1904-01-01
Place of Birth: Colchester (England)
Place of Death: Alice Springs
Place of Burial: Alice Springs
Cultural heritage: English
Occupation: Pastoralist
Biographical notes: Doreen was born in Colchester, England in 1904. In 1909 the family travelled to Doreen's uncle's cattle station Glen Helen. They left the station and spent the next few years at the overland telegraph station at Alice Springs. The mining boom had started and once again the family travelled seeking work to Hatches Creek, Wauchope. While in Wauchope the family worked watering drover's cattle that were travelling through to the markets at the Top End of the Northern Territory. The Crook family established Singleton Station through calves which were left behind by the drovers. Doreen met Bill Braitling while he was droving and they were married in 1929 and their only son William was born. Both Bill and Doreen continued droving until they gained a pastoral lease in 1932 at Mount Doreen which Bill named after his wife. During 30 years on the station Doreen cared for people who came onto the station providing medical care, supplies and food as needed. Bill died in 1959 and the homestead was abandoned due to poor water supply. Doreen moved to Alice Springs and become active in the community. She campaigned heavily against the destruction of old historical buildings and established a branch in Alice Springs of the National Trust and was subsequently elected as their first president. Doreen was also a member of the Northern Territory National Trust executive. She was frequently asked to give short talks on radio about the history of Central Australia. After completing a writing course Doreen wrote several stories and poetry. Ted Egan set a number of these to music. Doreen was awarded a British Empire Medal (Civil) in the New Year's Honours but died in January 1979, before she could accept it.
Honours and Awards: British Empire Medal (Civil) 1978.
Related link: National School Directory of Australia : Braitling Primary School
Alice Springs School of the Air : Mount Doreen Station
PictureNT : School class photograph featuring Mrs Braitling
PictureNT : Braitling Primary School, Alice Springs
Related Materials: "Centre pioneer is dead". Northern Territory News, 8 February 1979, p.9.
Biographical cuttings on Doreen Braitling, historian, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals [National Library of Australia]
Northern Territory dictionary of biography. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008. NTC 920.9429 NORT
Northern Territory census, electoral roll & directories 1881-1940 [electronic resource]. Winnellie, N.T. : Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory Inc. ; Hampton, Vic. : Macbeth Genealogical Services Pty Ltd, 2006. NTC REF CDROM
Northern Territory Australia deaths 1824 to 2004. pt.1 [electronic resource]. [Darwin] : Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory Inc, 2005. NTC REF CDROM
Egan, Ted. 1932- Four pioneer women. [Alice Springs, N.T.] : National Trust of Australia (N.T.), 1986. B994.29 EGAN
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