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This 3rd edition has grown to 155 pages containing information on 837 deaths, below are some samples of death entries.  We have included references to all places we found in research information on each death.  Researchers will be able to review these records through Archives, Libraries and information found on line.

Why are we updating deaths in this area of the Northern Territory?  We receive many requests from researchers to find their ancestors, some have tried everything to find their relative and as a last ditch effort they try the Northern Territory.  Aliases allowed some to stay in the Territory undiscovered by their families, some just never told their family this was the place where they lived.  

Borroloola was proclaimed a town on 10 September 1885, it was to become an important staging post on the “Gulf” cattle route between Queensland and the Northern Territory and west into the Kimberley. The first Europeans overlanded through the Borroloola area in 1845,  When we searched for deaths in this area, it soon became apparent that not only did people travel to this part of the world from all over Australia, but other countries as well.

Cost is $25.00 plus postage $13.80 within Australia, Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory Inc, PO Box 37212 Winnellie, NT 0821 Australia, or gsntinc@bigpond.net.au – contact for further information – 0412 018 015

Below is a taste of what the book holds for the researcher.

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29 January 1892

Thomas Roach aged 50 years, found drowned in McArthur River by the Police.  He had come to Borroloola in 1892 from Bauhinia Downs and was staying at the Royal Hotel. There he complained of being ill with fever and about a lost Chinaman at Batten’s Creek who had travelled with him. The Inquest returned a verdict “Found drowned”. The deceased had previously come from New South Wales and had a slight Irish accent.

Reference NT BDM 18/4 and SAGG Page 510. 18 August 1892, Intestacy Files 1885-1911, Janet Leather Index, NT Pioneer Register, SA BDM Death Index, Borroloola Inquest Book

06 October 1899

Thomas Henry Wightman aged 45 years, a Stockman died of heat apoplexy at Borroloola and was buried at Blue Bush, 2 miles from Borroloola. He was employed at Creswell Downs and had a brother residing at Camooweal, Queensland. Brother Adam was an Overseer at Rocklands Station.

Reference NT BDM 5/156 Borroloola Police Station Journal F2086(1) and SAGG Page 284 2 August 1900, Intestacy Files 1885-1911, Janet Leather Index, NT Lone Graves, NT Pioneer Register, SA BDM Death Index

29 July 1902

Jimmy the Fencer, who was described as an “old man” died near McArthur River Station. His death was not recorded in the NT BDM’s.

Reference Borroloola Police Station Journal F2086(1), Janet Leather Index, NT Lone Graves, SAGHS Sudden Death Index

00 October 1908

Alick male Aboriginal, died at Tanumbirini Station. Murdered by Paddy Bull – Jury found him guilty of “Wilful murder of Alick and sentenced to death. Old Thomas Hume also charged (was involved in removing Alick’s body after death – later acquitted).

Reference NTTG 03, 09, 23 and 30 April 1909, Janet Leather Index, no BDM registration

About April 1909

Thomas Edward Egan aka Edgar born 1878 died aged 35 years a Stockman died after being speared by Aboriginals on the Robinson River. He was making

his way from Queensland to Borroloola. Thomas was the son of Constantine Egan and Mary Lee, farmers in New South Wales. His nephew was Bernard P. Egan of Wakeley New South Wales.

Reference NT BDM 7/312, Borroloola Police Station Journal F2086(2), Administrator’s Reports 1911-1912, Intestacy Files 1885-1911, Janet Leather Index, NT

Lone Graves, SAGH Sudden Death Index, SAGG page 454 01 September 1910

21 May 1909

James Stapleton aged 60 years, died of dysentery at the Tattersalls Hotel Borroloola. The deceased had been ill since 03 May, he was buried at the Borroloola Cemetery. James was a native of Tipperary, Ireland, he left three daughters and one son living with his brother-in-law J. J. Connelly at Charters Towers, Queensland

Reference NT BDM 7/305, SA BDM 342/327, SAGG Page 453 01 September 1910, Borroloola Police Station Journal, Janet Leather Index, NT Pioneer Register, NTTG 20 August 1909

13 April 1927

John Joseph Lyons born about 1894, Mounted Constable, aged 33, died of an internal haemorrhage at Tattersall’s Hotel Borroloola after returning from a patrol to Maranboy ill with malaria. John Lyons had served in the Royal Irish Constabulary and was from Tullamore County Offaly Ireland. He was buried in the

Borroloola Cemetery. A monument was erected by the members of the North Australian Police.

Reference Borroloola Cemetery, McLaren’s Review Vol 1 of 2, Janet Leather Index, Northern Standard 29 April 1927, BTM Index, NT Pioneer Register

19 March 1936

Jenny was the tribal wife of Wearyan George who had speared Jenny which resulted in her death, she died at McArthur River Station. He was charged with murder, the proceedings of the court case was published in the Northern

Standard, the jury acquitted Wearyan George of the murder charge.

Reference Northern Standard 29 May 1936, NT Pioneer Register

Northern Territory History Award 2016

Barkly Shire Deaths

Our Library will be undertakeing field trips and research into deaths occurring in this Shire, the land mass covers four major highways and several stock routes and many stations,  Aboriginal burial places, towns, outstations, lonely graves and settlements.  It is expected because of the enormous area that this project covers that it will take some considerable time before our findings can be published, however if researchers are looking for a death in this Shire, please contact our Library 89817363 or gsntinc@bigpond.net.au

We thank the NT Government for their assistance with these important projects.

     Community Programs and Volunteering 2016

Department of Social Services

The Library was successful in applyin for a Volunteers Grants which help supports the efforts of Australia’s volunteers and provides small amounts of money which organisations can use to help their volunteers. They are part of the Government’s work to support the volunteers who help disadvantaged Australian communities and encourage inclusion of vulnerable people in community life.



The aim of the Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory (GSNT) is to promote genealogical and family history research; to further the study of genealogy by the collection of historical data; to educate in genealogy and family history methods; and to urge the preservation of personal historical records.

Our Society holds Birth, Death and Marriage records for the British Settlement period which commenced in 1824, and Birth, Death and Marriage indexes from 1873 when newspapers began publication, to our current year, in addition we also have indexed articles that appear in the newspapers about families and events.  We have many unpublished indexes, if you are researching in the Northern Territory please contact us – gsntinc@bigpond.net.au

Due to the unique nature of the Territory, GSNT has undertaken a range of projects to identify more detailed information about people who have lived, worked and died here and those who travelled through the Territory.

NT HISTORICAL SOCIETY – is having a sale, For those looking for a present for someone special, why not give them a book ($5 to $10 off) or one of the great publications like Occasional Papers which are now half priced ($5 each).  If you have not every heard of Occasional Papers before, they are great stories about NT individuals or places, gifts don’t have to be expensive to let someone know you appreciate having them in your life, or by acknowledging something special where they have offered you help.