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The Nackeroos Plaque
The Nackeroos Plaque

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

Memorial to Northern Australia Observation Unit (NAOU) and aboriginal volunteers.

The NAOU was set up by anthropologist W H Stanner in June 1942 and consisted of over 400 men. The unit`s role was to provide early warning of a Japanese invasion and to form a guerilla force in the event of such an attack. The unit was dispersed in a series of small bases (including several along the Victoria River, one being at Bradshaw Station) and the men carried out horseback reconnaissance patrols and other work. The men made use of the knowledge of local Aboriginals and maintained coastwatching outposts. As the threat of invasion passed, the unit was reduced in strength and disbanded in March 1945.

Location

Address:Nackeroo Lookout, Timber Creek, 0852
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -15.65195
Long: 130.465578
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW2
Actual Event STart Date:03-September-1939
Actual Event End Date:15-August-1945

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:April-1999
Front Inscription

                   (Plaque 1)

IN MEMORY OF THE MEN AND HORSES OF

THE 2/1 NORTH AUSTRALIA OBSERVER UNIT WHO

GUARDED TIMBER CREEK FROM 1942

ONWARDS IN THE WAR AGAINST JAPAN.

TIMBER CREEK WILL REMEMBER THEM

          LEST WE FORGET

                 

                       (Plaque 2) 

ALSO IN MEMORY OF ABORIGINAL TRACKERS

WHO HELPED THE NACKEROOS SURVIVE IN

        THIS HARSH ENVIRONMENT.

"YOU ALWAYS FELT SAFE WHEN YOU HAD AN

        ABORIGINE WITH YOU "

- Quote by NAOU from "A" Company

 

Source: MA
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