Remembering Territory Families

Alice Springs and Central Australia
Tennant Creek
The Katherine

Welcome to the Territory

The Territory is a place of many different peoples. The cultural and trade routes of Aboriginal families crisscross the country. The stories have been sung for millennia and are a vital part of Aboriginal culture today. Others have come to the Territory in more recent years. Their stories too, are a part of the cultural landscape of the region.

When Europeans first entered the land we now know as the Northern Territory , they were shown the way by Aboriginal people. The route taken by John McDouall Stuart north from the Centre to the Arafura Sea became the path of the Overland Telegraph Line.

This exhibition follows the path of the 1872 Overland Telegraph Line. The Line passed through the Repeater Stations at Alice Springs , Tennant Creek, Katherine and finally Port Darwin. This online exhibition is not intended to present a political or economic history of the Territory. It does not aim to comprehensively cover the vast sweep of events in the Territory's past as explored by writers such as Ernestine Hill, Douglas Lockwood, or more recently Alan Powell. Remembering Territory families provides an opportunity to hear the stories of everyday life in the Territory from some of the people who call this place home.

This exhibition gives voice to the people not usually heard in the conventional narratives of Territory history.

Using elements of the cultural collections of the Northern Territory Library and the Northern Territory Archives Service, together with other research collected during the research towards this project, viewers of this exhibition can see the snapshots and hear the voices of the Territory's past. These are the stories from some of the families who have lived and worked in the Territory for generations. This exhibition represents a small part of the unique and wonderful histories from the people of our region.

The Territory's history is still being written.

Collection's Items (Sorted by Title in Ascending order): 1 to 20 of 105
PH0254-0063.tif.jpg1937-00-00Aboriginal children at the Bungalow-
PH0052-0002.tif.jpg1972-07-14Aborigines of LarrakiaDay, Bill
after_the_war_Nudl.pdf.jpg2009-01-01After the WarNudl, Des
after_the_war_Liveris.pdf.jpg2009-01-01After the War economy stagnationLiveris, Les
after_the_war_Frey.pdf.jpg2009-01-01After the War, suburb of Fannie BayFrey, Ken
PH0025-0003.tif.jpg1894-00-00Alfred Giles and familyFoelsche, P. (Paul), 1831-1914
PH0723-0011.tif.jpg0000-00-00Alice Afghans-
alice_1920s.pdf.jpg2009-01-01Alice in the 1920sKilgariff, B. F. (Bernard Francis), 1923-
after_the_war_Wise.pdf.jpg2009-01-01Arriving after the WarWise, Frank
katherine_express_MacFarlane.pdf.jpg2009-01-01Arriving in Katherine 1950MacFarlane, Peg
arriving_oldghan.pdf.jpg2009-01-01Arriving on the ‘Old Ghan’Miles, Margot
PH0430-0048.tif.jpg0000-00-00Ayers Rock-
PH0733-0010.tif.jpg1952-01-01Bath facilities-
26621.JPG.jpg0000-00-00Billiard room-
PH0141-0167.tif.jpg1955-01-01Bob TudawaliLorman, Steve
PH0402-0035.tif.jpg0000-00-00Bomb damage-
building_bridges.pdf.jpg2009-01-01Building bridgesAllcorn, William
PH0180-0026.tif.jpg1927-08-01The Bungalow-
PH0034-0019.tif.jpg1951-05-09The Bungalow children in the Jubilee Day Parade-
22085.JPG.jpg1937-01-01C of E utility bogged-
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