A HISTORY OF LARRIMAH AND PADDY
THE story of a missing man and his pet dog, a town full of characters and a pink pub in the outback has been brought to life in the book, Larrimah.
Larrimah is often a blip on the Stuart Hwy between Mataranka and Daly Waters for travellers but is now the focus of a long-running missing person’s murder case, centred on former resident Paddy Moriarty.
Writers Kylie Stevenson and Caroline Graham penned the novel off the back of their award-winning podcast Lost in Larrimah.
The book delves into the disappearance of Paddy and his dog Kellie as well as the intricate web that makes up Larrimah – a dying outback town with a rich and complex history. The book also covers the peculiar history of the NT including a stolen giant pumpkin from a research farm in Batchelor in the ’90s.
Paddy, aged 70, was last seen in Larrimah at dusk on Saturday, December 16, 2017 when he was leaving the Larrimah Hotel on his quad bike with his red kelpie, Kellie.
Despite many searches and investigations, there has been no trace of Paddy or his dog since that day.
Earlier this year police announced a $250,000 reward for information that led to solving the case.
Large signs now dot the highway seeking information as to his whereabouts.
Police believe Paddy was murdered.
Ms Stevenson said Paddy’s friends welcomed the book in the hope that it would help jog the memory of someone who may have seen something.
“A lot of his friends said to us that Paddy always wanted to be famous and ironically he would have loved to have a book written about him,” she said. Ms Stevenson said they were in talks with overseas production companies to get the story produced on film or television. The book launch is free to attend and will be held at the NT Library on Wednesday, September 29 at 6pm. To attend, register at https://bit.ly/3Ay7eRX.