Item 1909/0029B

State Records Archive
Consignment: 652
Item: 1909/0029B
Title: Danee Creek. Relief to natives

Keywords: Dairy Creek Station, Edward Spry, Rose Fitzpatrick

[Letter]
Junction Police Station
To: Chief Protector of Aborigines, Perth
28th November 1908
Sir,
Enclosed I beg to hand you voucher for £10-2-6 signed by R E Lewer for your information and action. I beg to submit the following explanation.
The person named R E Lewer was formerly know as Miss R E Fitzpatrick of Dairy Creek Station during the month of November. Miss Fitzpatrick was married to a Mr C F Lewer of Carnarvon where now resides, before leaving Dairy Creek to be married she handed over to the care of her cousin Miss McCormick of Dairy Creek stores etc of flour, sugar and tea. Miss McCormick is to carry on the rationing of the natives.
I would like to know from you if I am in order certifying to [illegible] the above conditions and if not what steps to take in the matter.
The Police Station is situated some 55 miles from Dairy Creek and is visited when on our patrol of the district. Natives up there all appear to be satisfied and contented.
E J Spry Const

[Memo]
Mr Pechell
Transfer of rationing officer approved.
C F Gale
12.1.9

[Memo]
To P C Spry
Re letter 13/291 or 12.1.09 change of hands, relief to natives Dairy Creek approved. Mr Spry requested to certify to accounts as heretofore.
E D P
12.1.09

Katitjin Notes:

Spry, Edward James (1871-1944)
Edward Spry was a policeman in the Gascoyne Junction region from 1898 to 1910, and was made a Protector of Aborigines in 1906. He continued to work in the North-West at Port Hedland and Broome until 1924, when he transferred to Katanning as the Protector of Aborigines for that district. Spry was at Boulder Police Station from 1928-1933, when he transferred to Fremantle. When he retired in 1937, after 42 years of service, his career was eulogised in the Perth Mirror newspaper.

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