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Stapleton+ Franks Memorial
Stapleton+ Franks Memorial

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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.

Location

Address:Stuart Highway, Barrow Creek Telegraph Station, Barrow Creek, 0872
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -21.529705
Long: 133.889046
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Indigenous
Actual Event STart Date:23-February-1874
Actual Event End Date:23-February-1874

Dedication

Front Inscription

In Memory
Of
JAMES L STAPLETON 
Stationmaster
And
JOHN FRANKS
Linesman
Killed by Natives
Barrow Creek
23rd February 1874.

Source: MA
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