This report by Native Welfare officer Harvey Tilbrook describes the position of the group at the point in time Mitchell approached the Department.

Report of Cooperative Movement Group

Harvey Tilbrook to Stan Middleton, 9 February 1955, SROWA, 1954/0204/16-17.

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Department Purchases Vehicle for Pilbara Native Society

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This photograph shows Mitchell, Middleton and other members of the group with a truck that was purchased by the Department for the Pilbara Native Society. Middleton’s willingness to assist marrngu as a group rather than on an individual or nuclear family basis is a measure of the authority they had established. The Department went to considerable cost, purchasing not only this vehicle but mining equipment and Riverdale Station for the Society.