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Tobin’s Monument

By Jocelia
This is a grave side in the middle of the dessert dedicated to the named Michael Tobin
who was speared way back at the beginning of the 20th centurary. It was an Aboriginal
punishment, he was part of Cannings team when he was preparing the route for taking
cattle down to Wiluna. There is more to the story that I will try to retrive from the Web for

Have a great day. Many thanks to all who looked in yesterday and to Irish Kate for her UA.


Tags: Photo journalism Grave site Desert Scenary Memorial Plaque

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LynneJoyce Plus
12 22 101 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2016 5:21AM
A lovely photo of this monument, naturally framed by the tree trunks. This is what I found about the incident -

The Canning Stock Route story revolves around water. To colonists, desert water was a commercial resource necessary for a successful stock route. To the people of the desert, these waters were the social, spiritual and economic bases of their existence. The wells built by Alfred Canning, therefore, became sites of conflict between cultures. Conflict on the stock route was also triggered by, and in response to, the men who made the wells, and the drovers who came to use them.

During Canning’s return to Wiluna in 1907, a member of his party, Michael Tobin, was fatally speared at Natawalu (Well 40). In the same moment Tobin shot and killed Mungkututu, the Aboriginal man who had speared him. To this day, the reasons given for this incident are varied. One account says that Tobin had taken Mungkututu’s wife, while another says that it was revenge for the theft of sacred objects by Canning’s men. Mungkututu may have been frightened by Tobin, afraid of being chained up, or angered by the uninvited intrusion of strangers at his waterhole. Whatever the cause, in both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal histories, the incident has come to symbolise the clash of cultures that defined the early days of the Canning Stock Route.

While events at Natawalu were documented for posterity, many other conflicts around the Canning Stock Route were never recorded. They were, however, remembered by desert families. Today the emergent tradition of contemporary desert art provides the canvas for such stories to be told again, recorded in paint.
CarolG 13 199 20 Greece
3 Nov 2016 6:15AM
Very interesting, Jocelia.
Jocelia 9 2 1 Australia
3 Nov 2016 7:40AM
Thank you so very much Lynne for the full explanation.
I was having trouble with my computer this morning to get all of this in.
This is why I have so enjoyed the captures from our daughter and son-in-laws
trek to give the fullest selection possible of what it is like on the CSR. J....WinkWinkWink
Bantu 7 7 1 India
3 Nov 2016 7:50AM
A great capture.

3 Nov 2016 8:34AM
well composed good light detail and textures

11 10 10 England
3 Nov 2016 8:54AM
Good image but such interesting information - always something new to learn.
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2016 9:52AM
A great documentary image coupled with your own and Lynne's added information.
It must have been hard for the Aborgines protecting their land even thought the invaders were trying to make progress. They still protect areas which they consider to be sacred.
When we visited the Pinnacles we were told that film crews weren't allowed to film there.
Kate Grin
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 165 16 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2016 11:51AM
A very interesting story, a great image JoceliaGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

TrevBatWCC Plus
12 13 16 England
3 Nov 2016 12:02PM
Very well discovered and captured, Jocelia, and interesting story too Smile
Trev Smile
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
3 Nov 2016 1:39PM
A very interesting story Jocelia. A great image too. Thank you.
3 Nov 2016 1:46PM
A very interesting image
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
3 Nov 2016 5:39PM
Your images are always so interesting, we learn much from you!
JuBarney Plus
9 33 5 United Kingdom
3 Nov 2016 6:42PM
Beautiful natural colours at this sad memorial.
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
5 Nov 2016 2:35PM
A lovely capture of this historical monument Jocelia
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2016 6:48AM
Fascinating story Jocelia and good of Lynne to add more info... Would make a film for sure...
So much history... Thank you for sharing...
tonyguitar 8 77 37 Canada
9 Nov 2016 4:22AM
Wonderfully interesting history. Also keep in mind how this image reveals the nature of the land in that area. We seldom see small areas of land like this. Informative in more ways than just history. TG
GeorgeP Plus
13 62 26 United States
24 Dec 2016 1:40AM
Wonderful image . . .and thought provoking as it happened so relatively recently and only one side of the story is commemorated. [That's not a criticism of history . . . just an observation.]

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