Norman Tracker Walford Walkway

Overview

The entrance to the Tracker Walford Walkway is on Warrena Street, east from the corner of Namoi Street. It was created by the Walford family so that walkers could enjoy the beautiful Namoi River. It is a favourite wedding location and extends for 1.5 kilometres along the river to the cattle crossing.

Described in his obituary as 'one of the last Aboriginal trackers', Norman Walford’s career ended at Walgett in 1973 where he had been based for many years. In his role he had worked around NSW after the number of NSW trackers were reduced after 1950. He received a commendation from the Commissioner of Police for finding a man lost on Booka Booka Station, Brewarrina, at Christmas 1957.

The search took three days and Tracker Walford came within 200 yards of the body before it was found by a boundary rider. His many other duties at Walgett included looking after the horses, washing cars, mowing lawns and other light duties. Norman Walford died in December 1981, was buried at Walgett and is survived by his wife Gladys and his seven children.

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