Peppimenarti

Remote Area Tree Services conducted tree management work at Peppimenarti in June and July of 2010. Peppimenarti, on the Tom Turners Creek in the Northern Territory, is a village about 250km southwest of Darwin on the road from Daly River to Wadeye. It currently has a population of around 300 people.

 

The locality name is drawn from the Aboriginal words Peppi (rock) and menarti (large), referring to the rock formation that overlooks the community. At its base is a wide stream and a series of pools which form a significant sacred site. In the early 1970’s a cattle station was established on the property.

Harold Wilson was instrumental in the community’s establishment. Harold was born in Peppimenarti country, and after being removed from his family and sent to government institutions as a child, he decided to return there as an adult with his wife Regina and family, to set up a permanent settlement for the local Ngangikurrunggurr people. He later became the President of the Peppimenarti Association (Durrmu Art 2011).

The Kenyon family has a long time affiliation with the people of Peppimenarti. Phil and Willy Kenyon lived within the community in the 1970’s. Phil was the Cattle Station Manager and Willy was the resident Nurse, and their children Ben, Lizzy, Pat and Richard were born during those years. It has been a priviledge to work with the Peppi mob on various occasions, and we have attached some photos below of the most recent tree works. Included in this album are photos from the 1970’s of the Peppi cattle yards and the Kenyon leaving Corroboree in 1980.

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