National Archives of Australia, Darwin Office
Series NTAC1976/5 Item 1963/465
New Crown Station
Copyright P J Mackett, 2009
6. 1.1945 Inspection of New Crown Station
Name Crown S.A.
District Abminga S.A.
Owner E Colson
Manager E Colson
This station is mainly situated in S.A.. All employees are drawn
from Ernabella or surrounding districts. The language spoken is
Luritcha. Mr Colson says the tribe is known as Wongi-Madu.
There are 9 males, 8 females, 3 male and 5 female children.
A lubra by name Rita has a half caste baby boy, approx 14 months old.
The father is said to be a European Railway fettler by name Peter ?.
Male employees without dependants are
Bobby Tod Morton, single, aged 60 years
Big Foot Johnson, single, aged 50 years
Wingie Alfie, single, aged 20 years
21.12.1946 Employment of Aboriginals half year ended 31.12.1946
Alfie, stockman, about 30 yrs
Ida, wife, about 20 yrs
Johnson, stockman, about 40 yrs
Pearl, sister, about 20 yrs,
Sissie, aunt, about 40 yrs
Archie, stockman, about 30 years
Mary, wife, about 20 (30 ?)yrs
Amy, daughter, about 9 yrs
Freddie, son, about 5 yrs
Gertie, daughter, about 1 year
Pompey, stockman, about 25 yrs
Mary, wife, about 25 yrs
Yackadie, stockboy, about 12 yrs
Ivy, housegirl, about 18 yrs
Molly, mother, about 60 yrs
Jack ...oan, stockman, about 50 yrs
Kitty, wife, about 40 yrs
Horace, son, about 13 yrs
Lorna, daughter, about 7 yrs
5. 7.1949 Registration of Aboriginals
Archie, Aranda, 48 yrs
Mary, Luritcha, wife, 30 yrs
Lexie, daughter, 5 yrs
Boy, son, 2 yrs
Baby boy, son, 1/4 yr
Maggie, Luritcha, 60 yrs
Old Topsy, Luritcha, 60 yrs, husband at Mt Dare S.A.
Mary Ann, 70 yrs
Dolly, 55 yrs
Two out rabbiting
New Crown workers
Big Bill, stockman
Eunice H/C, housegirl
Undated Employment of Aboriginals
Bill, Lurige, 33 yrs, station hand
Andie, Lurige, 16 yrs, station hand
Cynide, Lurige, 13 yrs, station hand
Barnie, Lurige, 14 yrs, station hand
31.12.1949 Employment of Aboriginals
Archie, wife Mary, children Emmie, Lexy, Darrol and baby
Big Bill, wife Rosie
Johny Hayes, wife Ruby
31.12.1950 Employment of Aboriginals
Archie, children Darrel, Lexie and baby
31.12.1951 Employment of Aboriginals
Archie, wife Mary, children Lexie (8 yrs), Darrol (5 yrs), Arther (3 yrs)
Mary, mother of children above
30. 6.1951 Employment of Aboriginals 17. 2.1951 - 30. 6.1951
(Does not actually mention New Crown Station, but mentions district Finke)
Stanley Doolan, wife Comangee
Bill Mingindary, wife Edie, son Tim 2 1/2 yrs
9.10.1951 Inspection of New Crown Station
Owner Robert James Smith
Manager Robert James Smith
Situation 19 miles south east of Finke Siding and township.
33 miles north od Abminga S.A.. The South Australian
border is the southern boundary of the holding.
Date of Inspection 9-10.10.1951
Employees - Full blood
Archie Undralindig, Aranda, 50 yrs, stockman, married
Sandy Arbunna, Luritcha, 18 yrs, stockman, single
Andy Quean Quean, Luritcha, 18 yrs, stockman, single
Big Bill, Luritcham 45 yrs, stockman, married
Joe, Luritcha, 13 yrs, stockboy
Mary Yaccana, Luritcha, 38 yrs, married
Rita Yudjiki, Luritcha, 16 yrs, single
Employees - Part Aboriginal
Emmie H/C, 16 yrs, domestic
Archie Undralindig, Aranda, 50 yrs
Mary Yaccana, Luritcha, wife, 38 yrs
Emmie H/C, about 16 yrs, reared by Archie and Mary from a baby,
born at Eringa Station, S.A., father censored from record by NAA,
date of birth unknown, education nil, domestic
Lexie, 8 yrs, born November 1943 Pedurka S.A.
Darrell, 5 yrs, born October 1946 Macumba S.A.
Arthur, 2 yrs, born on or about 15. 2.1949 New Crown
Deidre, 16 days, born 24. 9.1951 New Crown
Aged and Infirm
Topsy Uldguda, about 60 yrs, mother of Mary above
Judy Jingooma, about 80 yrs, grandmother of Mary above
Noreen and Lenny, children of Fred and Edie of Finke
were staying in the camp for a few days.
14. 9.1954 Report on Emmie and child
Emmie has a halfcaste child. Details as follows
Emmie, born on or about November 1935 at Eringa S.A.
Father Unknown European
Mother Mary Yacanna deceased
Emmie's daughter is Sandra born 24. 5.1954 at Andado Station
father Dean Stephens employed at New Crown Station. Conception
occurred when Emmie was a housegirl at New Crown. Dean Stephens
admitted he was father and verbally consented to maintain the child.
(The record of interview with Emmie is the most censored document I
have seen made available by the National Archives.)
14. 9.1955 From Alice Springs to New Crown
Gilligan (name has actually been censored) is at present an inmate
of Alice Springs Gaol. Has money owing by New Crown Station.
26. 9.1955 From New Crown to Alice Springs
Archie is in for medical treatment.
12.10.1955 From Alice Springs to new Crown
Mentions Archie Patterson.
20.10.1955 From New Crown to Alice Springs
Gilligan was employed by native named Willie Samuels who was a
contractor erecting a fence at New Crown.
6. 4.1965 Report on inspection of New Crown Station
Most of the aboriginals in the camp were there on holiday and
would soon be returning to Oodnadatta. New Crown and Tieyon Stations
are both owned by Mr Reg Smith.
Stewart Oliver and family recently moved to New Crown from Alice
Springs and intend living there permanently. On 19. 2.1965 their
son Johnny was drowned in a tank and when the census was taken
this family was in Alice Springs.
Census of New Crown 21. 3.1965
NB Notes in brackets are written in pencil on the census sheets.
European Name Aboriginal Name Group Tribe Reln Sex Born Notes
Douglas Branson Ngala Aranda H M .1917 Stockman (Alice Springs)
Ivy Branson Luritja W F .1928 (Oodnadatta)
Henry Branson Ch M .1948 Junior stockman
Robert Mousen (Housen ?) Ch M .1964 Mother Ivy, father Alec (Oodnadatta)
Pannikan Anderson Ngala Aranda F .1894
Tilly Brown F .1917 Domestic
Lexie Straight P/C F .1949
(Lexie is being cared for by Tilly. Mother is dead. Father is unknown.)
Stewart Oliver Ngala Aranda H M .1916 Stockman
Melva Oliver Ngwarai Aranda W F .1934
Maureen (Mary) Mbitjana Aranda Ch F .1953
Alice Mbitjana Aranda Ch F .1958
James Mbitjana Aranda Ch M 18.11.1963
(In Alice Springs. John, born 1959, drowned in tank 2 weeks ago.)
Minnie Branson Oogi Luritja F .1904
(Comes from Oodnadatta.)
Fred Danji Pultara Aranda H M .1919 Stockman, at Tieyon
Edda Danji Kamara Aranda W F .1929 At Tieyon
Wintiner Dick Munguda Pultara Aranda H M .1899 Aged Pension received at Oodnadatta
Nellie (Millie) Rabera Pitjantjara W F .1921
Ross Aranda Ch M .1953
Audrey Uta Aranda Ch F .1961
Rene Aranda Ch F .1962
(Going back to Oodnadatta.)
18.10.1966 From Alice Springs to DAA Coober Pedy
Mentions Old age pensioner Pannikin Anderson of New Crown.
19. 8.1968 From New Crown to Alice Springs
Mentions woman Tilly Brown 50 yrs and two part coloured Lexy Strait 19 yrs
and Peter Coulthard 2 1/2 yrs.
19. 8.1968 Census of New Crown 19. 8.1968
European Name Aboriginal Name Group Tribe Reln Sex Born Notes
Tilly Brown Wid F .1917
Lexy Straight P/C FCh M .1949 Foster child
Peter Coulthard P/C Sin M
25.11.1968 From Alice Springs to New Crown
Ronnie Allen in Hospital. Needs money.
6.12.1968 From New Crown to Alice Springs
Ronnie Allen was never at New Crown.
18.12.1968 From Alice Springs
Hospital advises Ronnie Allen died approx 9.12.1968.
There is a man known as Alan Simon Jilyara, Aranda, born 1905 and
usually at Maryvale recently deceaserd. Hospital may be referring
to this man.
8. 7.1969 Census of New Crown 8. 7.1969
No aboriginals present.