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.
- 53 PictureNT
- 4 After the War
- 4 World War II - frontline
- 3 A Town Like Alice
- 3 Cafe society ...
- 3 Greetings from Alice Springs
- 3 Pioneering pastoralists - the Hay...
- 2 'Greek Town' 1915-1916
- 2 'The Katherine Express'
- 2 Feeding Darwin ...
- 2 Jedda's Leap - the making of Abor...
- 2 Men, women and alcohol
- 2 The voice of Tennant - the Affian...
- 1 'A three-course meal...'
- 1 'Took us in ...'
- 1 A home of one's own
- 1 A wild man of Tennant - Jack Noble
- 1 Alice in the 1920s
- 1 Arriving on the 'Old Ghan'
- 1 Building bridges
- 1 Darwin aristocracy ...
- 1 Emungalan, north of the Katherine...
- 1 Frontier town
- 1 Getting there
- 1 Growing the Katherine - the Tapp ...
- 1 Growing Up - the 1900s
- 1 Larrakia country - the Mills family
- 1 Pre-War Darwin
- 1 Pre-War Katherine - a battler's p...
- 1 Social life in the 1930s
- 1 Stores and supplies
- 1 The White Russians
- 1 To Jay Creek and back