Okes-Durack Oil Company
A set from the personal collection of Elizabeth Durack, courtesy of the Clancy and Durack families.

A returned WWI soldier, stockman named Walter Okes, discovered a "bituminous substance" in the bed of the Ord River close to the Ord and Negri junction. Okes had taken up Ningbing Station in ca 1909 and had sold to Billy Weaber and Julius Prior circa 1910. It is reputed that "Okes Find" had been located by him before WWI, but it was not until after the war that Okes made his find public.

A company was formed called the Okes-Durack Oil Company and drilling began at Ord River Station during 1923.
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