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John William Stokes (1910–95)

Born in Melbourne in 1910, John Stokes joined the Northern Territory Police in December 1936, and over the next 20 years rose to be Administrative Inspector and Acting Superintendent. Much of his career was spent in outback police stations. A collection of photographs taken by him during this period are held by the National Archives in Canberra.

After leaving the Territory's Police Force in 1958, Stokes held a number of administrative positions in the Cocos Islands, Christmas Island, and the Department of Territories in Canberra until his retirement in 1970.

John Stokes died on 3 August 1995.

Selected records relating to John Stokes
National Archives, Canberra
Photographs of the Northern Territory, 1930–61 M438
Postcards and photographs of the Northern Territory, 1936–58 M105

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Chapter 16
Territory Personalities