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"The city that's now Alice Springs was once a telegraph station whilst Doris Bradshaw Blackwell went there as a tender lady in 1899. Doris Blackwell's father, Thomas Bradshaw, was once the officer-in-charge of the telegraph station from 1899 to 1908."

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The loopholes have been firing positions for rifles which it have been meant might be aimed toward antagonistic aborigines. Our mattress rooms, actually, have been miniature forts designed to set free invisible loss of life if ever we have been attacked by way of the natives. for a similar cause the operators’ quarters have been equipped round a quadrangular courtyard built with gates that have been purported to manage to pay for the employees entire safeguard from spears and different guns. The fee of creating the entire telegraph stations during this model had no longer been undertaken with out strong cause. Tragic facts of the hostility of the natives was once visible at Barrow Creek, our nearest neighbour, on twenty second February, 1874, merely twenty-five years ahead of our arrival. At 8 o’clock that evening the officer-in-charge, Mr J. L. Stapleton, was once sitting outdoors the station with 5 individuals of his employees and a policeman, fixed Constable Gason. the warmth was once excessive they usually had long gone out for a few clean air to the south-west facet of the construction, farthest from the iron gate on the rear, and in addition farthest from the flat-top hills in the back of the station the place aborigines may well stay hidden till darkish after which movement stealthily down with no being noticeable. unexpectedly the white males have been shocked by way of a volley of spears. They dashed for the protection in their courtyard, yet as they reached the gateway a lineman named Franks was once speared within the again, the weapon getting into his center. He staggered into the kitchen the place he collapsed and died instantly. Stapleton bought six ft contained in the gate ahead of receiving 4 spear wounds from which he died subsequent day. His assistant, Ernest Flint, and the policeman, Sam Gason, have been either wounded; yet with others they received contained in the development and poured a volley of pictures throughout the loop holes—identical with these in our rooms—to transparent the sector. Flint, even though wounded, then went to the Morse key and despatched note of the assault to Alice Springs from the place it was once flashed to Adelaide. On listening to of the tragedy, Charles Todd despatched his carriage for Stapleton’s spouse, who used to be residing in North Adelaide. health care professional Gosse used to be referred to as to the G. P. O. and gave directions for therapy that have been relayed to Barrow Creek. yet from the beginning it were visible that Stapleton used to be doomed, and he was once conscious of it himself. opposed to the desires of his neighbors, he insisted on being lifted to the Morse key; as his energy ebbed he tapped out a final message to his spouse which, Todd translated for her: “God bless you and the youngsters. ” His hand fell from the most important and in a short time he was once lifeless. there's a grim sequel to this tale. A punitive get together of police and white bushmen was once despatched out to avenge the lifeless males. They ranged over hundreds of thousands of sq. miles of state then inhabited purely via aborigines and shot each one they found—men, girls, and youngsters. one of many peaks within the Harts diversity, away to the east of Barrow Creek, is called Blackfellows’ Bones, and a watercourse close to by way of is called cranium Creek, either names a reminder of this bloodbath. Flint was once later officer-in-charge of Alice Springs station, pre ceding Skinner and later Gillen, and he died there.

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