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03-September-2014
03-September-2014
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Grave erected in memory of Aboriginal stockman, Pumpkin.

Pumpkin was of the Boontamurra tribe of the Cooper Creek district, west Queensland, and was about 18 in 1868 when Patrick Durack established Thylungra station on a tributary of Cooper Creek. Pumpkin at once claimed Durack as his `brother`, a relationship he honoured for the rest of his life. In April 1887 he accompanied Patrick Durack by ship from Brisbane to East Kimberley, where he assumed a many-sided pioneering task from the building of homesteads and yards to stock-tailing, droving, horse-breaking and even tracking horse thieves.

Although suspicious of the local tribes and suspected by them, he managed to negotiate with them. This encouraged other Aboriginals to enter station employment and Pumpkin undertook the training of a number of local boys for station work. His pupils, all of whom bore the stamp of Pumpkin`s own conscientiousness, included such outstanding station aboriginals as Argyle Charlie, Ulysses and Boxer, a Queensland Aboriginal whom Pumpkin adopted as a child.

Location

Address:Argyle Downs Station, Lake Argyle, 6743
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -16.109722
Long: 128.748333
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Grave
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Indigenous
Link:http://adbonline.anu.edu.au/adbonli…

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1950
Front Inscription

Here Lies Pumpkin A Member
Of The Boontamurra Tribe
Of Cooper Creek, Who From
Boyhood Served Patrick
Durack Of Thylungra,
Western Queensland,
Following His Sons To The
West In 1887 And Rendering
Faithful Friendship And
Devotion To The Day Of His
Death In 1908. Erected To
His Memory By M.P.  Durack 1950

Source: MA,ADB
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