Inquest into the death of Ngoolbu WALLABY

On or about 1 February 1977 Mr Wallaby was at Christmas Creek Station when he advised a group of elders he intended to walk to Fitzroy Crossing along Christmas Creek. When he did not appear in Fitzroy Crossing in a reasonable timeframe he was reported to the police as missing. There is no record of his ever being seen or heard from again. Mr Wallaby remained at Christmas Creek Station with other elders during men’s business and at its conclusion on approximately 1 February 1977 informed the other elders with whom he had travelled from Fitzroy Crossing that he wished to return to his community in Fitzroy Crossing, by foot along Christmas Creek. When Mr Wallaby failed to arrive at his destination his disappearance was reported to the Fitzroy Crossing Police Station on 14 February 1977, but records do not show that any search was undertaken. The Coroner was satisfied beyond all reasonable doubt Mr Wallaby is deceased and was deceased sometime during February 1977 during his trip from Christmas Creek Station back to Fitzroy Crossing. The Coroner was unable to determine how the deceased and made an Open Finding as to the manner of Mr Wallaby’s death. Catch Words : Long Term Missing Person : Open Finding

Coroner Vicker on 13 May 2020


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