Place Names Register Extract

Mayse Young Park

Extract date: 09/07/2020

Name Mayse Young Park
Type Designation Park
Place Id 24888
Place Type Park or Cemetery
Status Registered
Date Registered 10 September 2018
Location (Datum GDA94)  
Latitude: -12° 26' S (Decimal degrees -12.439944)
Longitude: 130° 55' E (Decimal degrees 130.931316)
Locality / Suburb  
Local Government Area  
History/Origin Mayse Dowling, one of 4 children, was born in North Queensland in 1913. As a child Mayse, along with her parents George and Evelyn Dowling, moved to the NT from QLD in 1927. At the end of 1929 her parents bought the Pine Creek Hotel, which still remains in the family control.

In 1935 Mayse married Joe 'Bogga/Bogger' Young at Pine Creek. By 1937 they were living in Darwin. During the War years Joe remained in Darwin and Mayse and the children went south. They were to have 8 children, 7 of whom lived. After the war Joe loaded the family along with a truck full of equipment, and returned to Darwin.

In March 1952 Mayse and her husband bought what is now the Crossways Hotel in Katherine. Mayse had the Seabreeze Hotel in Darwin and had a long term financial interest in the Katherine Hotel-Motel.

During her post-war years in Katherine Mayse was the President of the Red Cross. Later she became the president of the Pine Creek Race Club. She was a very generous woman and mentored many, apart from her family, who needed assistance in going into business.

The original Pine Creek Hotel was left to Mayse by her mother. The current hotel was built by Mayse and Joe in 1959. Mayse always retained an active interest in the Hotel with her daughters often taking turns in the Management and Licensing of the hotel.

In the 1950's Mayse and Joe had interests in cattle stations, first Moroak Station out between Mataranka and Elsey Station and later Birrundudu Station. Joe died in 1983 and was buried in Pine Creek Cemetery. He has been recognised with 'Bogga Young Park' in Pine Creek.

Mayse with some assistance wrote her autobiography titled, 'No Place for a Woman'. She was recognised for her contribution to the Territory in 1994 when she was awarded and OAM for services to the community.

Surviving Joe and two of their sons, Mayse died in 2006.

Register & Gazettal information

Date Gazettal Comment
10/09/2018 Date added to the Register ( Certified Plan S2018/086)

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