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The Real Map of Batchelor According to Me


Red Kangaroo Books (Alice Springs)

The Bookshop Darwin (Darwin)

The Store at MAGNT (Darwin)



This illustrated text chronicles Woolwonga man, John Scrutton's family history and his own personal memories of life in Batchelor and Rum Jungle in the NT. Told as short vignettes, John's stories weave between tales of his grandmother, famous Territorian Nellie 'shot-gun' Flynn and her sidekick, '007' the dog and the social and political life of the Territory over multiple generations.


This unique collaborative project was catalysed, mentored and supported by Johanna Bell and Erica Wagner's Octopus Story Camp.


The project's contributors were:

John Scrutton (Writer)

Robyn Frances (Illustrator/Coordinator)

Jo Hunt (Designer)

Hilary Reynolds (Editor)

Sue Stanton (Critical Reader)

Penny Drysdale (Critical Reader)

Ruth Alexanders (Critical Reader)

Colemans, Darwin City (Printers)


The printing of this map is proudly supported by the Northern Territory Government through the Northern Territory History Grants Program of the Department of Tourism, Sport and Culture.


ABC News Online Feature Article -

ABC Darwin Radio, Late Lunch with Miranda Tetlow - To listen click here.


This is a not-for-profit project.


John and Robyn worked on the research and development as volunteers over 2 years.


The price of the map is cost recovery in order for John and Robyn be able to reprint the map in the future.


The main aim of the project is that the map is widely and equitably accessible.


If you would like a printed copy of the map and cannot afford to pay please contact me directly on


Alternatively, a free digital PDF version of the map is also available here.

 © 2019 by Helen Orr

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