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Australia, and most predominantly Northern of Australia, came under attack during World War II in 1942-1943. This forced the nation to come together for the war effort, and the Northern Territory’s World War II collection is a fascinating display of unique objects, documents and records that helps to illustrates what life was like in wartime Australia.

This collection also records The Darwin Commemorative Wall Quilt, which is one of many works of art which adorn the Northern Territory Library in Parliament House, Darwin. It records almost 2000 names of people who spent time in the Northern Territory during the war years and participated in the 50th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin in 1992. It is a wonderful commemoration of the 50th Anniversary honouring the contribution and sacrifices made by participants when they defended northern Australia.

Just as fascinating is the World War II Evacuees List. On December 16, 1941, an official order was issued by the Administrator to evacuate women and children from Darwin. Most of the 1066 women and 900 children went by sea with the first group leaving Darwin on December 19 with the last ship sailing on February 15, just before the bombing of Darwin. Others left by plane, road and train.

The evacuees list contains the names of women, children, hospital cases (men) and men unfit for military services. The list although it is titled "Complete list of evacuees from Darwin", it appears not to list names of every evacuee.

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Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 1538
PreviewIssue DateTitleOther titleAuthor(s)
-T Warren-Warren, Thomas Williiam Request Copy
Quilt Index Book.pdf.jpg1995The Darwin Commemorative Wall Quilt : index to the location of names on the quilt-Suttor, Tony; Armour, Jenny 1940- Request Copy
Boom_Defence_Net.tif.jpg1992Boom Defence net-Armour, Jenny, 1940- Request Copy
Quilt.jpg.jpg2018Section of the Darwin Commemorative Wall Quilt-Barritt, Michael Request Copy
PH1069_Townsend_Photo_Album.pdf.jpg1942Norman Frederick Townsend Photo Album-Townsend, Norman Frederick, 1914-2004 Request Copy
Rough_Diary.pdf.jpg1-Jan-1942Rough diary air raids on Port Darwin and intermediate alerts : diary commenced p.m. on February 19th 1942MS 31Burstow, T. J. Request Copy
ITEM_OF_INTEREST_On_the_cusp_of_change_WF_Mitchell_Sept_2011.pdf.jpg2012On the cusp of changeW. F. MitchellMitchell, W. F. (Fred) Request Copy
ITEM_OF_INTEREST_Cpt_Boyns_H_Hocking_WF_Mitchell_Feb_2011.pdf.jpg2012Dentists are not supposed to be killed in warsW. F. (Fred) Mitchell; 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin. Captain Boyns Hedley HockingMitchell, W. F. (Fred) Request Copy
Media_Release_-_DMM_-_End_to_any_Stories_Hundred_More_Died.pdf.jpg 15Darwin Military Museum media Release : End of stories "hundreds more died" in bombing of Darwin raids 1942-- Request Copy
MP_WW2.tif.jpg1992The Territory at war : selected shipping positions Darwin 19 February 1942 [cartographic material]-- Request Copy
MP30_38_1.tif.jpg1991Northern Territory commemorative WWII sites map [cartographic material]-Northern Territory Tourist Commission Request Copy
MP30_36_2.tif.jpg1988Northern Territory discovered : Military sites WWII [cartographic material]-Northern Territory. Mapping and Information Division Request Copy
soldiering-on.pdf.jpg1942Soldiering on : the Australian Army at home and overseasprepared by some of the boys.- Request Copy
HMAS-MkIV-1945.pdf.jpg1945HMAS Mk IV-Allen, L. J.; Forster, P. C. Request Copy
HMAS-MkIII-1944.pdf.jpg1944H.M.A.S. Mk. IIIHMAS Mk IIIWilson, Maxwell Gordon Request Copy
HMAS-MkII-1943-1.pdf.jpg1943HMAS Mk II-- Request Copy
HMAS-MkII-1943.pdf.jpg1942H.M.A.S. Mk. IIHMAS Mk II- Request Copy
HMAS-1942.pdf.jpg1942H.M.A.S.written and prepared by serving personnel of the R.A.N.; HMAS- Request Copy
fulton.jpg.jpg1992J. G. Fulton-Fulton, J. G. Request Copy
richardson.jpg.jpg1992Clem Richardson-Richardson, Clem Request Copy
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 1538