The town of Borroloola, 50km from the mouth of the McArthur River in the Gulf of Carpentaria, was proclaimed on 10 September 1885.
Borroloola is in the traditional lands of the Yanyuwa, Mara, Karawa and Kurandji people.
An understanding of the town’s geographical location can demonstrate the remote nature of the town – it is situated 1,000kms south east from Darwin on the Northern Territory (NT) side of the Queensland border.
Borroloola is a small town with a colourful past. The often wild and eccentric nature of the town and its inhabitants has been romanticised by popular authors such as Ernestine Hill, Douglas Lockwood, Bill Harney and Ted Egan.
The Yanyuwa people divide the contact history of the region into the following six sections – macassan time, "wild times", police times, welfare times, land right times and tourist times. (Richard Baker, Land is Life, 1999).
Borroloola 's population is now approximately 700 people, with the majority of these being Aboriginal. Although it remains a service centre for surrounding pastoral properties, the town's main industries are now tourism and mining.
The series of records listed here may not all be available on open public access. Northern Territory Archives Service (NTAS) staff will advise you about access.
For up to date information consult the NTAS List of Holdings or List of Government and Community Records Relating to Borroloola . Oral histories are not included in this list.
Contact the NTAS for more information.
The personal records are listed according to the surname of the person who created or deposited the records with the NTAS.
The series listed in this category are mostly personal papers and photographs.
The oral history records are listed against the name of the person who has been interviewed. The interviews are in the format of tapes, cds and transcripts.
The list of personal archives are as follows:
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 154
BIRT, Gordon R.
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 13
NTRS 270 Personal records, autobiography and photographs featuring police life and work throughout the NT 1929-1980
NTRS 1518 Photographic copyprints of Darwin, Katherine and Timber Creek
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 17, TS 160
NTRS 575 Photographic copyprints of NT Advisory Council and Police Cadetsc.1918-1966
BRIDGLAND, Raymond Reece
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 164
CAIN, William Henry (Bill)
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 170
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 185
DARCY, George (Wagga)
NTRS 219 Oral history interview TP 602
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 644
DAVIES, J E
NTRS 234 CP 779-790 Photographic copyprints of Alexandria Station and Borroloola 1928
NTRS 1426 Photographic copyprints of Brunette Downs and other stations in the NT 1916-1930
NTRS 1463 Personal photographs of pastoralism and scenes in NT, Nth Queensland and Mt Isa
NTRS 1884 Photographs relating to the first Borroloola Land Claim Hearings by Aboriginal Land Commissioner Justice Toohey 1977
NTRS 1885 Diary relating to the first Borroloola Land Claim Hearings by Aboriginal Land Commissioner Justice Toohey 1977-1978
NTRS 1424 Personal photographs of Borroloola n.d.
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 535
NTRS 226 Oral history interviews TS 63, TS 414
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 62
HARNEY, Bill (Senior)
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 235 ("Harney's War" interview on ABC)
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 240
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 69
MAHONY, Kathleen Mary
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 446 (1-2)
McKINNON, Inspector William (Bill)
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 789
NTRS 226 Oral history interviews TS 290,TS 794
NTRS 1267 Oral history interview TS 9008
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 743
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 742
SCHULTZ, Carl E.
NTRS 234 CP 618-621 & CP 958-985 Photographic copyprints
NTRS 341 Photographs, papers and diary of experiences c.1925-1942
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 482
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 337
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 652
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 717
WAUCHOPE, Alan James
NTRS 702 Photographs of Vic Hall, Alex Bethune and Cordulla Ebaterinja c.1940s
NTRS 1434 Photographic copyprints featuring aviation, Aborigines, Darwin and other Top End locations
Last updated: 24 March 2020
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