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Jimmy Stanton Bridge

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Name Jimmy Stanton Bridge
Type Designation Bridge
Place Id 24985
Place Type Feature
Status Registered
Date Registered 24 October 2019
Location (Datum GDA94)  
Latitude: -12° 44' S (Decimal degrees -12.74241)
Longitude: 130° 57' E (Decimal degrees 130.9656)
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Locality / Suburb  
  Tumbling Waters
Local Government Area  
  Litchfield Council
History/Origin James Evered Stanton also known as Jimmy Stanton was born in Newcastle, NSW on 9 May 1917, Jim has a legacy as a Darwin truck owner / driver / Unionist helping the War effort in Darwin back in the late 40's following attack by the Japanese Government. As a young New South Whelsh man, recently arrived in the Top End, he became involved with Aboriginal families through his mateship with Jack McGinness his later to be, father-in-law, who was Kungarakany married to a Gurindji woman Violet Wakelin.

Jim established J.E. Stanton & Co. Business premises in Stuart Park then Frog Hollow, and until his health declined in the early '70s, he serviced fishing (Paspalis, Hickey) and land based business fleets (notably through dealings with Hastings, Hannons, Kennons, Parkinson).

Jim gradually extended his interests to contracting out machinery and employed as his operators - Charlie King Snr and Charlie King Jnr, from notable Gurindji families in the NT. Jim was a founding member and supporter of the Darwin Workers and Darwin Truck Owners clubs and the Darwin RAOB.
Jim married Jack's daughter Violet (Vai) and it is through this family bond that Jim decided to purchase land in the mid 60's in the traditional area of the Kungarakany people of the Finniss River - prescient to Land Rights legislation and support for Aboriginal people on homelands. The main property, still managed by the Stanton family today through a Pty Ltd Company, is named Lok Landji and nestles alongside the Darwin River near Southport.

Jim passed away on 7 November 1978 and was buried with Vai at Lok Landji and his 100yr birthday was 9 May 2017.

Register & Gazettal information

Date Gazettal Comment
24/10/2019 Date added to the Register ( Certified Plan S2019/069)
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