Also known as: née Ormond
Died: 3/05/2014Special Achievements:
The first Miss Northern Territory (Vicki Ormond); married (1942) to Constable Bob Darken, their tent honeymoon gave Honeymoon Gap its name; a "pioneer" who lived in rough conditions at outposts like Hart's Range; all police duties fell to her if Bob was "on patrol." When he resigned (1950) they bought Simpsons Gap station; moved to Alice Springs when it became a Reserve. Vicki had begun painting and studied overseas on a 1968 Churchill Fellowship. Her works have been presented to the Queen, Princess Anne, and Prince Charles.
Brown, Shirley and Historical Society of the Northern Territory. (1998). Chatting with Centralians: a recorded history of thirty Centralians. Casuarina, Darwin, Northern Territory: Historical Society of the Northern Territory. "The lives of 30 Centralians and their contributions to the growth of the Northern Territory" -- cover.
Defence of Darwin Experience. "Vicki Darken Image cropped from Photo NTRS 1662, Photographic copyprints of family, Darwin, Simpson's Gap and Harts Range Police Station, Alice Springs, 1938-1954, Item 11, LR Joan McPherson, Vicki Ormond, Peggy Johns, 1938 Administration girls".
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