Old Borroloola Police Station Museum

Constructed in1886, when Borroloola was a significant riverport and drover's camp, the property was a police station for fifty years before it became a patrol officer's residence. It is the oldest surviving outpost police station in the Northern Territory.

Address: 
off Robinson Road, Borroloola, NT
Tel: 
0889759762
Hours: 
8am to 5pm Mon-Fri, or by appointment.. Closed Northern Territory Public holidays, Christmas Day, Good Friday.
Admission: 
$2
Facilities: 
Car and bus access, parking, dogs allowed, brochure available
Collection: 
The collection represents a comprehensive history of the European Establishment in the Gulf Region. The branch is presently looking to develop the collection by highlighting the Indigenous perspective on the region.
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Items

Webster Dictionary

Description:
Dictionary one of the few remaining books from the Carnegie Library
Date:
1928
Item Id Number:
GUO 146

Removed from the Police Station some time in the 1940-50. Returned post Katherine floods.

Safe (Ajax)

Description:
Floor safe from the Tattersalls Hotel Borroloola 1930's
Date:
1930
Item Id Number:
GU 0147

Donated to the museum by Peter and Maureen Dunham. Maureen's father built the hotel and her uncle, one of the famed O'Shea family, managed the hotel and is buried in Borroloola

Gin Bottles

Creator:
Hoboken and Co., Rotterdam
Description:
Square Gin Bottle, black glass
Date:
1900
Item Id Number:
GUO 127

One of the main imports into the region with many recordings of gentlemen evading the customs and excise of Alfred Searly

Leichhardt's Tree

Description:
Ironwood tree with the letter "L" carved in a rather large blaze. Recovered from the Foelcue River, Seven Emu area.
Date:
1840
Item Id Number:
GU 070

Recovered from the Seven Emu area when the tree was undermined by changing river bed.

Anvil

Description:
Anvil used for shoeing horses. Constructed from Dray Axle end.
Date:
1900
Item Id Number:
GU 0148

Recovered from McArthur River bank old drovers horse paddocks in 1995