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AS one of Tennant’s
stars, Bella Hopwood
is used to local me-
But now she’s capturing
international attention for
The bubbly four-year-
old was pictured in the
print and online version
of north-east England’s
Bella is pictured amidst
the daffodils in front of
the infamous Alnwick
Castle which is nearly
1000 years old but better
known as having featured
in Harry Potter movies as
Bella captures international attention
THE Barkly is in mourning following the death
of a traditional elder on Easter Sunday.
Mrs Kathleen Nappanangka Fitz*, a Warumungu
woman, was aged 96.
Tributes flowed in for the woman whose knowledge of
Aboriginal law, customs, and history was unsurpassed.
Older than Tennant Creek itself, Mrs Fitz helped to
pioneer the town.
She was the region’s living history and one of the
oldest connections to the Barkly.
Born on country at the Telegraph Station near Tennant
Creek, Mrs Fitz spent many years on Banka Banka
Station where she worked as a domestic and raised
The Fitzes moved to Tennant Creek in the 1960s after
the station owner, Mary Ward, bought houses in town
for families who had worked for her.
Mrs Fitz spent the rest of her years in the Davidson
Street home which became a symbol of hospitality,
safety and love.
Mrs Fitz was part of the Warumungu Land Claim, one
of the longest-running and hardest-fought claims in the
history of land rights.
She was also a key figure in the Patta group which
made history when it was granted Native Title over
Tennant Creek in 2007.
The mother of nine has dozens of grandchildren and
Last year she welcomed her great great granddaughter,
the fifth living generation member of her big, happy
Chief Minister Adam Giles extended his condolences
to family and friends.
“Mrs Fitz was not only well known throughout the
Barkly but was well respected and deeply loved,” he
“She was one of the Territory’s grand ladies, a ma-
triarch, whose legacy will be woven into our history.
“Her passing is a great loss to the Territory and she
will be sorely missed.”
• Warumungu man and traditional owner, Eddie Tay-
lor* also passed away this week.
He died in Adelaide on Tuesday, the day after he
Eddie is survived by his wife Joyce, four sons and
• Another Tennant favourite, Dick Smith*, passed
away after a long illness last week.
Well known throughout the Barkly as a drover, stock-
man and miner, Dick settled in Tennant Creek for good
about 30 years ago.
He will be buried in Mount Isa on 9 May.
The town was further shocked by the death of Trevor
O’Brien who was killed in a motorcycle accident in
Perth over Easter.
While Trevor left the town for greener pastures, he
was without doubt a ‘Tennant Creek kid’ who has left
many friends here.
*Names used with family permission.
Town in mourning over deaths
Mrs Kathleen Nappanangka Fitz
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