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Jack Cave

Jack Cave was born in Wiradjuri country in the Bathurst district in about 1865.  He grew up on local properties and learned the skills of a horse breaker.  Around the turn of the century he moved to the Walgett district and took up the job of tracker at Mogil Mogil in 1900.  He was later the tracker at Glencoe from 1904 to 1907.  A talented jockey, he once rode five winners at a Walgett race meeting.  He later tracked at Bathurst and in 1925 saved two valuable racehorses from a fierce stable fire.  As noted by Percy Gresser, Cave was greatly interested in native animals and took a job at a wildlife reserve at Balwyn, Victoria.  He later moved to Coolangatta, Queensland, and worked at Coolangatta Zoo before passing away in the 1950s.[ref]The Aborigines of the Bathurst District (Historical Sketch) by Percy Gresser (AIATSIS MS 21/3/6); The Age 03/03/1925: 12; Police Salary Registers 1900-1903 (SRNSW 3/2993 Reel 1973), 1903-1907 (SRNSW 11/16337 Reel 1971); photograph courtesy of Blayney Library[/ref]

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Walgett Police Station

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