Open day – 170 years of Territory history

Media release: Friday, 4 April 2014

A film showing the bombing of Darwin during World War II and home movies after Cyclone Tracy are just some of the attractions at the Northern Territory Archives Centre open day on Saturday 5 April.

The centre is home to the National Archives of Australia and the Northern Territory Archives Service, their joint collections spanning 170 years of the Territory's history.

Highlights of the day will include All we got was beef and damper,  a talk on early life on Territory cattle stations by historian and author Pearl Ogden; and a talk on Territory housing and architecture before and after Cyclone Tracy by architect Dr David Bridgman.

Visitors will be invited to take a 'white gloves' tour of the centre, with an opportunity to explore beyond the public spaces and examine archival treasures up close and personal.

There will also be the opportunity to meet an archivist and get tips on the best way to preserve family records at home.

The oral history room, with voices and memories of the Territory's past, and displays in the reading room and foyer will be open throughout the day.

The Northern Territory Archives Centre is in Kelsey Crescent, Millner. Bookings for the talks and the tours can be made on 8999 6890.

Contact information

  • Elizabeth Masters (Media Officer)
    t (02) 6212 3957 m 0427 853 664 e elizabeth.masters@naa.gov.au
  • Phyllis Williams (Director, Darwin Office)
    m 0401 118 743
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