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The Katherine Icon is a sculpture of a stockman and horse recognising the contribution by rural and regional communities to Australia’s national identity. The stockmen had a vital role in the history of the Northern Territory. Sabu Peter Sing was the role model for the Katherine Icon.

Sabu’s outstanding skills as bushman, horseman, stockman and cattleman were widely recognised and acclaimed. Born of the Wardaman tribe, Sabu epitomised different races and cultures. Sabu Sing was born at Delamere station in 1940, the son of a Chinese father and Wardaman Aboriginal mother. By seven he was already breaking in horses. He was fostered out to Tom Fisher the manager of Wave Hill Station part of the then Vestey`s pastoral empire. Yet his aboriginality was always an essential part of who he was. Sabu was tragically killed in a car accident in 1993.


Address:Stuart Highway & Chambers Drive, Katherine, 0850
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -14.467583
Long: 132.266639
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Technology
Artist:Archie St Clair


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 4th April, 2003
Front Inscription

Dedicated to the men and women of the Outback in appreciation for what they have done for us.

Mayor James B Forscutt on behalf of the community of Katherine 2002

Sabu Peter Sing, 1940 - 1993, husband of Dorothy, father of Samantha, Gregory, Lionel, Daniel member of the Wardaman tribe, skilled bushman, horseman and stockman represents our courageous pioneers and all who faithfully follow the trails they blazed. In epitomising different cultures, Sabu effectively bridged theirs.

None of us would be here today without the tenacity and endurance of the Overlanders, Pioneers, Drovers, Stockmen and Stockwomen.

This cattle industry project for 2002 - Australia’s Year of the Outback acknowledges our forebears, salutes those who currently work the land and encourages others to cherish the challenges of tomorrow. The spirit of the Outback remains undiminished.

Right Side Inscription

Remembering you with love and pride

Dorothy Sing, Samantha. Gregory, Lionel, Damien.

Gold Sponsors - $ 5,000.00
The Noel Buntine Family
Gary and Barb Dann and Family

In Memory of Alf and Nellie Dann 1946 YRD Area
The Dyer Family - Hayfield - Shenandoah
ELANCO - Animal Health - Proudly Supporting The NT Cattle Industry
Hoytesbury Beef - Our people`s actions speak for Hoytesbury Beef everyday
Milton Jones
Ian. Kay, Sam and Fiona McBean 
Proud to be associated with the NT Cattle Industry since January 1953
Joan McGill and Family
In memory of Arch McGill, late of Tipperary Station
Proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government
Road Trains of Australia Pty Ltd Katherine NT
Rosewood Station
John. Terry, Marlo, Patrick, Michael, Rebecca Underwood - Riveren Station

Source: MA,ACPH
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