Northern Territory Office – Darwin

National Archives Darwin Office
National Archives Darwin Office

National Archives of Australia
Northern Territory Archives Centre
Kelsey Crescent 

Tel: (08) 8999 6890, Fax: (08) 8999 6905

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Opening hours

Reading room

9am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Friday, closed public holidays.

Getting there

Car parking

Free visitor parking is available at the rear of the building off Skelton Street. The car park closes at 5pm. There are a small number of car parks available in front of the building on Kelsey Crescent.


The Darwin Bus Service operates Route 10 from Harry Chan Avenue to Casuarina and vice versa and stops at Bagot Road (near Skelton Street) a five minute walk to the National Archives. Tel: (08) 8924 7666


The main taxi rank in the city is in Knuckey Street, near Smith Street Mall. From Casuarina Shopping Centre, the taxi rank is in front of the main entrance below the cinema complex on Trower Road.

Onsite accessibility

Pedestrian Access

Pedestrian access is through the front of the building, on Kelsey Crescent.

Wheelchair access

All public areas of the National Archives are wheelchair accessible.

Toilet facilities

A toilet with disabled facilities is situated near the reading room.

Assistance animals

Visitors with recognised assistance animals, including guide and hearing dogs, are welcome.


In July 2013 co-location of the Darwin office of the National Archives of Australia with the Northern Territory Archives Service took place at the Millner site. The refurbished building, to be named the Northern Territory Archives Centre brings together the archival collections of both agencies, offering a shared Search and Reading Room and reference service for the public.

The collection in Darwin

Collections of the National Archives of Australia and the Northern Territory Archives Service brings together archival records spanning 170 years of the Territory's history, from the Commonwealth Government, the Northern Territory Government, Community and Personal archives, and the Northern Territory Oral History collection.

Treasures of the Northern Territory Archives Centre include the 1843 notebook of John McArthur from the settlement at Port Essington; the first meteorological recordings from the original site for the town of Palmerston at Adam Bay at the mouth of the Adelaide River, and further recordings from the new site of Palmerston on the Port of Darwin in 1865.

The inwards correspondence of the Government Resident from 1870 until 1912 and pastoral lease records dating from this era provide valuable historical insight into this period in Territory history.

There are Certificates of Exemption from the dictation test for many non-European residents of Darwin during the White Australia Policy era; Police Journals from stations across the Territory; and records relating to the administration of welfare for Aboriginal people throughout the Territory from the late 1920s.

There are many records documenting the impact of World War II on the Top End, including the evacuation of civilians from all areas. The Post Office diary with its entry of February 19th 1942 illustrates the events of that pivotal day. The collections include many images donated by former Service personnel who served in the Territory during this era.

The remarkable Oral History collection, compiled over 30 years, includes recorded memories reaching back over 100 years of Territory history. The collections also includes more recent records of the development of Uluru and Kakadu National Parks. The devastation of Darwin by Cyclone Tracy and the subsequent reconstruction of the city is also well documented.

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