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Bernie Havlik in 1984 : (Dagmar Kyjovská)
Bernie Havlik in 1984 : (Dagmar Kyjovská)

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / Dagmar Kyjovská

Havlik Park commemorates Bernie Havlik (1912 - 1990).

A Czech Immigrant who worked in the Rum Jungle Uranium Mine, he was a part of the town gardening crew when the mine closed in 1971 until his retirement in 1977.

In his work on the gardening crew Bernie was frustrated by a large rocky outcrop which was too large to move and difficult to maintain in a tidy condition. He solved the problem when he retired by covering it with a replica of Karlstein Castle which is in Bohemia. Havlik was still working on the project when he died in 1990. He was a quiet, modest and assuming man and his gift to the people of Batchelor reflects the deep feeling he had for his adopted country and community.

In the attached photographs, there is a written note in Czech from Bernie, which says : -

Karlstein Castle (miniature replica) in Batchelor, Northern Territory Australia

Built 1973  - 77 by Bernard Havlik

5 metres height


Address:Tarkarri Road & Rum Jungle Road, Havlik Park, Batchelor, 0845
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -13.044972
Long: 131.025053
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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