Banka Banka Mud Hut

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

The homestead is a single storey, rectangular building measuring about 6.9m x 10.6m with a pitched roof consisting of a timber roof frame and corrugated metal roof sheeting, mudbrick walls, concrete floors, surrounded by a 2.7m wide verandah supported by concrete posts. The building consists of three rooms, each measuring about 3.1m x 6.3m; one is used as a bar/kiosk, and the remaining two rooms are currently empty.

The mudbrick homestead has substantial social value for its associations with the Wards, particularly Mrs Mary Ward, known as the `Missus of Banka Banka’, who was renowned for her hospitality as well as her work with Aboriginal families and children, particularly in the area of education. Together the Wards made a substantial contribution to the development of the NT in the mining and pastoral sectors through their ownership and development of the Blue Moon mine and Banka Banka station.

Facilities

Carpark Picnic Area

Disabled Assistance

Caters for hearing impairment Caters for limited mobility Caters for vision impairment

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The mud hut building is used as a kiosk / bar for guests and visitors.

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The second, 3-roomed building at the site, showing evidence of vandalism and poor restoration techniques.

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