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A stone memorial to telegraph employees John L. Stapleton, stationmaster, and John Franks, linesman at Barrow Creek where they were killed by aborigines in February 1874; the headstone bears a Masonic symbol.
In February 1874 Mounted Constable Samuel Gason arrived at Barrow Creek and a police station was also opened. Eight days later aborigines from the Katish Tribe attacked the station resulting in the death of two men and the wounding of Ernest Flint.
On 22 February Gason cabled to Adelaide, `This Station has been attacked by natives at 8. Stapleton has been mortally wounded, one of the men, named John Franks, just died from wounds. Civilised Native Boy has had three spear wounds. Mr Flint, assistant operator one spear wound in leg, not serious. Full particulars in morning`.
In Adelaide Dr William Gosse advised treatment for the wounded which was telegraphed back to Barrow Creek.
|Address:||Stuart Highway, Barrow Creek Telegraph Station, Barrow Creek, 0872|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -21.529705|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||23-February-1874|
|Actual Event End Date:||23-February-1874|
JAMES L STAPLETON
Killed by Natives
23rd February 1874.