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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.
|Address:||Nackeroo Lookout, Timber Creek, 0852|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -15.65195|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||April-1999|
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
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