Alice Springs Waterhole
For 20,000 years before the arrival of Europeans, Eastern
Arrernte Aboriginal people inhabited this area around the Lhere Mparntwe (Todd
River). The semi permanent waterhole ‘Thereyurre’ and nearby soakages supported
large groups of people, particularly in dry times.
A decade after Stuart, survey and construction parties working
on the telegraph line modified his original route which passed through the
ranges 45 km to the west of this site. On 11 March 1871, William Whitfield
Mills, overseer of a telegraph line construction party was
finding a pass, and springs, the principal of which is the Alice Spring which I
had the honour of naming after Mrs Todd...”
At Alice Spring the telegraph
station settlement was built close to Arrernte living and ceremonial grounds.