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Bullcatchers and Bionic Arms!

Updated: Jan 23

A friend of mine, Nick Bradley, introduced me online to his good mate, Geoffrey Beere. Geoffrey tells a cracking yarn about an invention many of you have first hand experience. Geoffrey said he didn't mind if I shared the story of his mate Kal Carrick, the man who revolutionised how to catch bulls... over to you Geoffrey ...

Kal Carrick patented the bionic 'bull catcher' arm in 1974, everyone copied it and about 10 payed for the licence. Over the years I met at least 5 that said that they invented the bionic arm, during BTEC the arm could have assisted in the capture of around 100,000 feral animals.

Kal Garrick's invention at work...

In 2017, I and others supported Kal in an OA to get the story right. The inauguration at NT Government House was memorable (see images below), Kal was refusing to wear a tie and his wife was going to pull out. I explained if they didn’t behave I would leave them at the foot path.

Legendary bushman Peter Pangquee (see video below) was represented by his son Peter Alderman Pangquee at Kal’s investiture in Darwin last year at Govt House. Peter jnr was wearing his bravery medal from when a crocodile was dragging his mum out of the tent.

I have also attached a PDF of The ‘Victoria River District Doomsday Book’ by Darrell Lewis (its inspiration in Jock Makin’s history of Victoria River Downs, The Big Run) and some images that I hope some of your RFTTE members may find of interest.

You can also see more of the bionic arm at work in Photographer, David Hancock's book on Top End buffalo: NGANABBARRU BUFFALO

Legendary bushman Peter Pangquee...

Bull catcher and explainer sign and images at Daly Waters Pub, NT:


Original Post here | Originally posted 20th July 2020.

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