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Banka Banka Mud Hut

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.

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