Remembering Territory Families : Darwin

Darwin aristocracy ...
Greek Town 1915-1916
Took us in ...
Feeding Darwin
Cafe society ...
Pre-War Darwin
After the War
Larrakia country - the Mills family

Darwin, capital of the north

The modern day city of Darwin is located on the land of the Larrakia people, who continue to maintain cultural, spiritual and economic ties to the land.

Darwin, was first called Port Darwin after the eminent naturalist Charles Darwin. Although he had left the ship by the time the Beagle arrived in 1839, his former shipmates gave his name to the site on the map.

When the town was built, it was called Palmerston, and was the fifth attempt at permanent European settlement on the coast of what is now known as the Northern Territory.

The name for the point where the Overland Telegraph Line met the international cable coming undersea from Java was Port Darwin, and Darwin is the name still used for the city.

Darwin is the present-day capital of the Northern Territory, its administrative centre and most people live there, but it hasn’t always been the case. Between 1926 and 1931 Darwin was the capital of North Australia when the Territory was divided administratively but Alice Springs was the capital of Central Australia. During the war years, the administrative capital was moved away from Darwin to Alice Springs because Darwin was in the frontline of war, enduring Japanese bombing raids between 1942-43.

In common with the other towns of the Northern Territory, Darwin has always had a multicultural and diverse population. Before 1911, Chinese outnumbered any other ethnic group and newcomers to town sometimes found the population mix disconcerting and different from elsewhere in Australia. Darwin is prone to cyclones in the Wet season, and the town has been devastated on a number of occasions, most famously on Christmas Eve in 1974 by Cyclone Tracy when almost all the buildings were destroyed with loss of many lives.

As a consequence, there are few physical remains of the ‘old Darwin’. The heritage, and history of the town, though, is held in the memories of the longstanding Aboriginal, Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Philippine and European families who continue to live there today.

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PreviewIssue DateTitleOther titleAuthor(s)
PH0052-0002.tif.jpg14-Jul-1972Aborigines of Larrakia-Day, Bill Request Copy
after_the_war_Nudl.pdf.jpg1-Jan-2009After the War-Nudl, Des Request Copy
after_the_war_Liveris.pdf.jpg1-Jan-2009After the War economy stagnation-Liveris, Les Request Copy
after_the_war_Frey.pdf.jpg1-Jan-2009After the War, suburb of Fannie Bay-Frey, Ken Request Copy
after_the_war_Wise.pdf.jpg1-Jan-2009Arriving after the War-Wise, Frank Request Copy
PH0402-0035.tif.jpg-Bomb damage-- Request Copy
cafe_society_O'Brien.pdf.jpg1-Jan-2009Cafe society... 1930's-O'Brien, Jacqueline, 1929- Request Copy
cafe_society_Stewart.pdf.jpg1-Jan-2009Cafe society... after the war-Stewart, Lou Request Copy
cafe_society_Entner.pdf.jpg1-Jan-2009Cafe society...1950's-Entner, Steve; Entner, Lucy Request Copy
PH0233-0012.tif.jpg-Cavenagh Street in the 1930's-Fletcher, V. Request Copy
PH0238-2149.tif.jpg1-Jan-1921Children Kahlin Compound-- Request Copy
22602.JPG.jpg1-Jan-1940China town-- Request Copy
feeding_darwin_O'Brien.pdf.jpg1-Jan-2009Chinese cafes-O'Brien, Jacqueline, 1929- Request Copy
PH0821-0014.tif.jpg1-Jan-1975Cyclone Tracy damaged houses-Doust, Kenneth Request Copy
darwin_aristocracy.pdf.jpg1-Jan-2009Darwin aristocracy�-Watts, James Barclay Request Copy
PH0094-0189.jpg.jpg1-Jan-1943Darwin public school-- Request Copy
feeding_darwin_Foskey.pdf.jpg1-Jan-2009Feeding Darwin�-Foskey, Ray Request Copy
PH0238-0029.tif.jpg1-Jan-1870Fort Point-- Request Copy
PH0808-0025.tif.jpg1-Jan-1942Gordon's Don Hotel-- Request Copy
1-Jan-2009Greek Town' 1915-1916-Haritos, George Request Copy
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