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Kalkaringi

Kalkaringi (also Kalkarindji, Kalkiringi or Wave Hill) lies 480 km south west of Katherine on the Buntine Highway on the banks of the Victoria River. It was gazetted an open town in 1976. The Daguragu Community is 8 kilometres away over Wattie Creek and is the site of the renowned 'Walk Off' of the Gurindji stockmen from the Vestey Group owned Wave Hill Cattle Station in 1966 led by Vincent Lingiari. The land was later handed back during the Whitlam government.


The first Station in the region was at Bow Hills. The death of Mounted Constable Keating provides an insight into the harsh conditions experienced by early police officers.



Wave Hill Police Station
Wave Hill Police Station

Later the Wave Hill Police Station was constructed at the Victoria River Crossing adjacent to the Kalkaringi Community



Police Trackers and family in front of the Wave Hill Police Station
Police Trackers and family in front of the Wave Hill Police Station

Tracker mounted on a horse at the side of the Wave Hill Police Station
Tracker mounted on a horse at the side of the Wave Hill Police Station

Most of these images are from the Tisdell Collection (over 400 images). There may be more images from the region to add here. If you see any that should be included contact the webmaster and tell the story of the image.



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