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metadata.territorywomen.dc.title: Mary Alice Ward
Name: Ward, Mary Alice
Also known as: McEntyre, Mary Alice
Missus of Banka Banka
Date of Death: 1972-07-27
Place of Birth: Kooringa, Burra (S.A.)
Date of Birth: 1896-09-01
Place of Death: Adelaide (S.A.)
Place of Burial: Centennial Park Cemetery, Adelaide (S.A.)
Occupation: Teacher
Biographical notes: In the late 1920’s, Mary Ward and her husband Ted left Western Australia and came to the Northern Territory to try their luck in the goldfields of Tennant Creek. They developed the Blue Moon mine with Mary’s brother Stuart McEntyre. This proved a profitable partnership as the Blue Moon became a rich producer of gold. In 1940, the gold had begun to run out and the Wards decided to buy Banka Banka station. The cattle station and in particular Mary’s food garden supplied Tennant Creek with fresh produce. During World War II the station also had a government contract to supply food to the army staging camp at Banka Banka. Mary Ward cared for the health and education of the children on the station. Mary sent and financially supported many of the station’s Indigenous children to school in Alice Springs and Darwin, until a school was established on the station by the Welfare Department. For her care of Indigenous families and children, Mary was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1968. Source: Northern Territory dictionary of biography. Darwin : Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
Honours and Awards: Member of the Order of the British Empire 1968
Related link: Cole, Tom, Eric Jolliffe, and Ero Jakku. Spears & Smoke Signals : Exciting True Tales by a Buffalo & Croc Shooter. Casuarina, N.T.: Adventure Pub, 1986.
PictureNT : Ward family
Carment, D. 1949-. Northern Territory Dictionary of Biography. Rev. ed. ed. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2008.
Australian Dictionary of Biography : Ward, Mary Alice (1896 - 1972)
Moran, Irene, Jenny Hanckel, and Childbirth Education Association Darwin. Rain or Shine, She Walks Everywhere : Territory Births 1888-1938. Darwin: Childbirth Education Association Darwin, 1988.
PictureNT : The Ward family with some Aboriginal children
James, Barbara. No Man's Land : Women of the Northern Territory. Sydney: Collins Australia, 1989.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation. A Big Country (Videorecording) : Missus of Banka Banka. Sydney, Unknown.
Tuxworth, Hilda. Tennant Creek Yesterday and Today. Tennant Creek, N.T. : H. Tuxworth, 1978.
Trove : Mrs Mary Ward with Mr Ted Frank
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