ADVISED TO RING EDITOR FOR HELP
In court , Daly declared his love for Gladys and said he wanted to marry her . Mr Dodds SM adjourned the case and asked for an (Aboriginal) Welfare Department report . The report did not consider Daly a suitable person to marry Namagu and he was convicted and placed on a 12 months’ good behaviour bond. He still maintained he wanted to marry Gladys.
A police officer advised Daly to contact the editor of the Darwin newspaper, Jim Bowditch , as he helped people in trouble. The Welfare Department moved Gladys to the Warrabri settlement. Daly rang Bowditch and explained his plight.
This set the wheels in motion in what became another major national story in which the editor became deeply and personally involved. After checking Daly’s account , Bowditch raised the matter in the paper . As often happened, Bowditch consulted his lawyer friend Dick Ward , described as the Clarence Darrow of the Territory , the Member for Port Darwin in the NT Legislative Council , who became a key player in the saga .
PERMISSION TO MARRY REFUSED
BOWDITCH KIDNAPS NAMAGU !
The audacious act by Bowditch rocked Giese and the department . Bowditch insisted he had a permit to employ Namagu and that she would reside in his home . And there she remained ,
BRILLIANT SPEECH, MICK'S ELEPHANT LETTER
HOOKED ON POWDERED MILK
While Gladys was living at the Bowditch house she suddenly became rotund about the stomach region and Jim feared that she was pregnant . She was induced to undergo a medical examination and it was discovered that she had developed a layer of fat, no doubt due to the changed diet and better life she was living . In particular, she loved powdered milk , and eagerly mixed up jugs of milk and drank them quickly. She would use a tin of powdered milk a day . At times she came to the News office with Betty Bowditch , usually wearing one of Betty's hats , and stood about , shyly listening . When she spoke she had a high pitched voice . Keith Willey , who had helped Bowditch “kidnap” Gladys from Bagot , usually received a big smile and a toothy hello from her.
Mick and Gladys at church . Kim Lockwood Photograph
Gladys formed a relationship with a white pensioner who loved her dearly , but at times she caused him great distress when she succumbed to wanderlust . At times, beside himself with worry, the man would call on waterside union fix-it man , the late Brian Manning , and ask him to speak to Gladys and get her to come home . NEXT: The Murdoch interest in Darwin .