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Northern Territory Government House Education Program : resource for all bands [kit]



Northern Territory Government House Education Program : resource for all bands [kit]


Historical Society of the Northern Territory


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Teachers resource for Band 2 through to Band 5 - Specific links to NT Curriculum Framework outcomes have been identified throughout.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

Table of contents

Band 2: Time, continuity and change, Historical architecture of Darwin -- Band 2: Civics, governance and social justice, Role of the Administrator of the Northern Territory -- Band 3: Time, continuity and change, Administrators of the Northern Territory -- Band 3: Civics, governance and social justice, Political role of the Administrator -- Band 4: Time, continuity and change, Role of the Administrator of the Northern Territory -- Band 4: Values, beliefs and cultural diversity, The Darwin Rebellion -- Band 5: Time, continuity and change, Roles of Government in the Northern Territory -- Band 5: Civics, governance and social justice, Role of the Administrator of the Northern Territory.




Government House (Darwin N.T.) -- History; Curriculum Planning -- Northern Territory -- Handbooks, Manuals, Etc

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Government House Foundation

Place of publication

Darwin, N.T.


1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations (some colour), maps, plans ; 30 cm.

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Historical Society of the Northern Territory



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Gilruth March Re-enactment Gilruth You can express your opinion and I have heard it. There are better, more civilised ways of expressing your views. Let us not forget, your views do not in fact matter. My opinion and mine alone is of any importance. Who do you think listens to you? Publican The unions listen to us, Gilruth. When have you ever carried out the wishes of the public? Crowd Mutterings of support for the union. Gilruth I refuse to justify myself, my actions, or any actions taken by those I have appointed. How dare you presume to question me? The Administration is the law and you are in contempt of it. Unionist 3 What do you know of the law, Gilruth? Our industries are closing. So many brave men died in World War 1 and there is no one left to work in our factories. But you have done nothing to help. Gilruth It shames me to see a population so disgrace itself, only days after the end of this bloody and terrible war. How can you call yourselves true Australians? Have our soldiers sacrificed themselves for you a yowling pack of ingrates and troublemakers? Publican 2 You have disgraced this city and its people, Gilruth, with your lies and corruption. Gilruth You blame me for everything, yet these troubles are of your own making. You live in an isolated, tropical village in which rumour and gossip are rife, spread by those malicious self-interested men amongst you who have nothing better to do. Unionist 4 It is not gossip that is being spoken of you, Gilruth. These unions are telling the population the truth about you and what you have failed to do for us. You have abused your power. Go now! Leave us! Let one more worthy take the position of Administrator! Gilruth Of course I have got the power, it was given to me by those with even greater power. It comes from he who has the power over all. It is not mine to give away, It cannot be bought, or bargained for. This power is absolute otherwise the very foundations of government would fall. Crowd Boos and jeers from the crowd. Gilruth Look at me you will not see a man who could be intimidated by you. The power vested in me is a sacred trust. I was sent here to administer it and I will not be leaving until I am called away by those who sent me. Do I look like a man who would back down? Crowd Boos, jeers and much yelling. Gilruth turns his back on the crowd to re-enter the house. The enraged crowd push forward against the fence. One of the leaders yells over the fence and some swarm forward disarming the constables, wrecking lattice work at the windows and pulling down the netting at one end of the tennis court.

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