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Frederick Askins (1886–1973)

Born in Britain in 1886, Frederick Thomas Askins migrated to South Australia and served with the Northern Territory Administration from 1908 to 1918. The remainder of his career was spent in service with the South Australian and New South Wales Governments.

Askins wrote three books about his Northern Territory experiences: 'Retrospection', an autobiography of his time in the Northern Territory; 'Dark Night – What of the Dawn', dealing with Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory; and 'Footprints in the Sands of Time', a history of the Northern Territory.

None of the books were published, but the manuscripts of all three are held by the National Archives in Darwin.

Selected records relating to Frederick Askins
National Archives, Canberra
F T Askins – appointment as typist and shorthand writer – Northern Territory, 1911–12 A1, 1912/7332
National Archives, Darwin
Miscellaneous photographs, postcards and cuttings of aspects of life in the Northern Territory, 1908–63 M1705
Draft notes and research notes for 'Footprints in the Sands of Time', 1965–69 M1697
Manuscript of book 'Footprints in the Sands of Time', 1965–69 M1698
Manuscript of book 'Retrospection', 1965–69 M1699
Copies of selected statistics and information about the Northern Territory, 1965–69 M1704
Manuscript of book 'Dark Night – What of the Dawn', 1965–69 M1706
Photo of F T Askins, undated NTAC1970/8, 598

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Chapter 16
Territory Personalities