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Bow Hills

The Bow Hills Police Station was located near modern day Kalkaringi in the western central region of the NT.


In the more remote areas, the situation was even more primitive. The death of Mounted Constable Keating demonstrates the frontier nature of outback policing. Keating was stationed at Bow Hills from 1 September 1916 until his death a short time later.30


On 16 October 1916, his officer in charge reported in the daily journal that ‘Mounted Constable Keating sick’.1


He continued to be reported as sick each day until 5 November when ‘Mounted Constable Keating expired – cause of death not known’.2


On 6 November, the Coroner gave permission to bury Keating.3



1 Bow Hills Police Station Day Journal entry of 24 October 1916, NTAS, NTRS F 292. 2 Bow Hills Police Station Day Journal entry of 5 November 1916, NTAS, NTRS F 292. 3 Bow Hills Police Station Day Journal entry of 6 November 1916, NTAS, NTRS F 292.



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