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Peckham Truck Parking Bay

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Name Peckham Truck Parking Bay
Type Designation Rest Area
Place Id 24527
Place Type Feature
Status Registered
Date Registered 10 October 2013
Location (Datum GDA94)  
Latitude: -15° 28' S (Decimal degrees -15.46789)
Longitude: 131° 24' E (Decimal degrees 131.4038)
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Locality / Suburb  
Local Government Area  
  Victoria-Daly Shire Council
History/Origin Named to commemorate the Peckham family. Henry Peckham secured the mail contract and was known to the 'Maluka' (Aeneas Gunn) and Jeanie at Elsey Station. Peckham drowned on 17 April 1911 trying to cross the flooded Dashwood Crossing over Campbell's Creek on Victoria River Downs with mail which included a letter seeking medical help at the station for a sick woman.

He was buried on the banks of the river but was reinterred at Elsey in 1944 when the Army (NT Force, Brigadier Dollery) made moves to restore some of the graves of the characters of ?We of the Never Never? to a central Elsey Cemetery. The tombstone read In loving memory of the Fizzer - Henry Ventlia Peckham b 28.2.1872 d 17.4.1911 - "With God all things are possible".

Register & Gazettal information

Date Gazettal Comment
10/10/2013 Date added to the Register
23/10/2013 NTG G43
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