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Images: 0800-601 to 0800-650 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.

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Darwin Gallery Index. Images 0800-601 to 0800-650

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Images: 0800-001 to 0800-050 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-051 to 0800-100 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-101 to 0800-150 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-151 to 0800-200 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-201 to 0800-250 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-251 to 0800-300 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-301 to 0800-350 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-351 to 0800-400 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-401 to 0800-450 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-451 to 0800-500 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-501 to 0800-550 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-551 to 0800-600 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-601 to 0800-650 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-651 to 0800-700 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
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0800-801 to 0800-850 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
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0800-601 Darwin Town Hall used by the Royal Australian Navy for torpedo repair Circa 1940.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/817833
Collection: Doug Chapman Collection ;

Description:
Darwin Town Hall used by the Royal Australian Navy for torpedo repair.

Derek Pugh: 30-Dec-2023
It was Brown's Mart, not the town hall, that was used by the Navy.

Posted 5-June-2023

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0800-602 Government Residence Palmerston - Port Darwin 1874.

Photographer: Foelsche, P. (Paul), 1831-1914
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/454473

Description:
MS in brown ink on mount "The "Residence" Port Darwin / 1874". Depicts the first Government Residence, a two-storey timber building with signal mast in forecourt and outbuildings to the rear left.

Posted 4-June-2023

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0800-603 Post Office Smith and Knuckey Streets Darwin circa 1984.

Image Source and Description: Jill Kinang

General Post Office Darwin circa 1984 on the corner of Smith and Knuckey Streets where Salvatores is now.

Posted 6-June-2023

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0800-604 Ivy Snell inside the house next door to Browns Mart Circa Early 1930s.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/734286
Harold Snell Collection.

Description:
This house stood between Manny (Emanuel) Brown's (now known as Brown's Mart) and the "tin bank" (the English Scottish and Australian Bank) in Smith Street. It was occupied in the late 1920s and early 1930s by the family of Harold Snells builder. This photo was taken 1931/32.

Posted 7-June-2023

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0800-605 Lightning Strike over Darwin Circa Early 1980s.

Image Source: Possibly...
Early 80s, captured by Peter Jarver (RIP.)
https://www.peterjarver.com/about.php

Posted 8-June-2023

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0800-606 H. G. Nelson and party at 10 Mile, Pinelands Darwin 1920.

Photographer: Buscall, J. C.
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/332337

Description:
H. G. Nelson and party at 10 Mile, Pinelands Darwin 1920

Posted 9-June-2023

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0800-607 Looking South down Smith Street from the Knuckey Street corner Darwin Circa 1950s.

Image Source and Description: Jill Kinang.

Posted 13-June-2023

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0800-608 Aerial View Howard Springs 1969 - approx. 27KM from Darwin.

Image Source: Harry Kirkland

Darwin 1969 These photos have been scanned from my fathers slides. He took them during a helicopter flight over Darwin in September 1969. My Dads name was Harry Kirkland and he was in the RAAF at the time of taking these photos.

Howard Springs Nature Park is a popular recreational area located in the Northern Territory of Australia. The park features a large natural pool that is safe for swimming, as well as a range of walking trails and picnic areas. Visitors can also observe a variety of native wildlife, including birds, lizards, and turtles. The park is open year-round and admission is free.

Posted 15-June-2023

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0800-609 New Catholic Presbytery in Smith Street Darwin Circa 1940s designed by
Jack Buscall, erected by Snell Contracting Co. Blessed and opened 1940.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/332071
Buscall Collection. 

Description:
New Catholic Presbytery designed by J. C. Buscall, erected by Snell contracting Co. Blessed and opened, 13 October 1940.

Don:
At this stage of his life, Jack Buscall was completely bed ridden. I can understand him being able to design new buildings, but how he was the photographer in so many photos is beyond my understanding. He did sell post cards with his images on them. Perhaps his descendants are aware of how he managed to do this.

Kerry Mark 3-Apr-2024
I have posted most of Buscalls photos to Fb as many people can get to enjoy them. I don’t know who names them as “photographer, J C Buscall” when they are picked up and placed in the various archive collections. A lot of the photos were taken by his daughters Joyce and Jean who lived with him and cared for him. They took him out in their vehicles so perhaps he also took photos.

See the additional map image with the location of the Presbytery, as well as the designer's and builder's residence.

Posted 19-June-2023

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0800-610 Beryl Townsend, B. Goos, and B. Strickland, Howards Springs, Darwin Circa 1957.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/436474
Collection: Frey, John

Description:
Three people, two of whom are in bathing costumes, standing beside a car with doors and boot open, and bush in the background.

Posted 21-June-2023

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0800-611 Ivy Snell outside the house next door to Browns Mart Circa early 1930s.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/734286
Harold Snell Collection.

Description:
This house stood between Manny (Emanuel) Brown's (now known as Brown's Mart) and the "tin bank" (the English Scottish and Australian Bank) in Smith Street. It was occupied in the late 1920s and early 1930s by the family of Harold Snells builder. This photo was taken 1931/32.

Posted 23-June-2023

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0800-612 Aerial View the edge of Darwin Airport, The Narrows, and Ludmilla 1969.

Photo taken by Harry Kirkland
Darwin September 1969

Jude and Chris Hawker - Darwin 1969
These photos have been scanned from my fathers slides. He took them during a helicopter flight over Darwin in September 1969. My Dads name was Harry Kirkland and he was in the RAAF at the time of taking these photos.

Costa Karaolias
I can just make out our HC house in Cardo Crt Ludmilla.

Bryan Clark
LUDMILLA SCHOOL ....CENTRE PHOTO

Posted 25-June-2023

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0800-613 A view of Ross Smith Avenue from outside the Fannie Bay shops Darwin in 1972. Dick Ward Drive did not exist and the road straight ahead followed the houses around to the right past Fannie Bay racetrack.

Image Source Jill Kinang.

A view of Ross Smith Avenue from outside the Fannie Bay shops Darwin in 1972. Dick Ward Drive did not
exist and the road straight ahead followed the houses around to the right past Fannie Bay racetrack.

Posted 27-June-2023

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0800-614 Old town hall Palmerston - Port Darwin 1968.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/727192
Evan Luly Collection.

Description:
Cars parked around the old Palmerston town hall.

Posted 1-July-2023

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0800-615 Darwin Boys Jeffrey Fong, Ross Anictomatis, Phil Maynard in Katherine mid 1960s.

Image Source: Phil Maynard.
Ably assisted by my friend Mick Gulovsen with this colourisation.

This photo is taken at my uncle Herb (known locally as Ken) Maynard's farm on the Katherine Gorge Rd. He was a single guy, grew mainly pineapples and peanuts and beautiful sweet pink grapefruit. He also introduced domestic bees to the Territory. His farm fronted the Katherine River and I often visited him with family or later with my mates.

Aren't we tough! Jeffrey Fong, Ross Anictomatis, Phil Maynard at Uncle Herbs Block in Katherine mid 60's.

Jeffrey Fong:
Still close mates. Photo taken just after Phil and Gibby got back from their sojourn to England and Europe and just before me and Shan went on ours over there. Ross just before his ankle replacement re sitting.

Posted 3-July-2023

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0800-616 Aralia street and Nightcliff Primary school. Darwin 1969.

Photo taken by Harry Kirkland
Darwin September 1969

Jude and Chris Hawker - Darwin 1969
These photos have been scanned from my fathers slides. He took them during a helicopter flight over Darwin in September 1969. My Dads name was Harry Kirkland and he was in the RAAF at the time of taking these photos.

Posted 5-July-2023

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0800-617 Vic Hotel and Cashmans Store - Smith Street Darwin Circa Mid 1960s.

Image Source: Jude and Chris Hawker

Posted 7-July-2023

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0800-618 Pay Day at Vestey's Meatworks Paraparap Darwin Circa 1917.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/591249
Collection: Bradshaw Collection ;

Description:
Group of meatworkers at Vestey's gather outside a building to collect their pay.

Donor's Grandfather, Walter Herbert Bradshaw, sent album back to his parents in Sydney in September 1917. He moved to NT mid 1910s and left after 1920. He was married in Darwin in 1919 and worked at Vesteys for some of the time. Letter accompanying donor form gives additional family history.

Posted 9-July-2023

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0800-619 Left, Mrs Bessie Robinson, "Buster" Brown, Joy and Edgar Davis - Green Room Hotel Darwin 1959.

Image Source and Description: Joyce Davis
Ably assisted by my friend Mick Gulovsen with this colourisation.

Left, Mrs Bessie Robinson, "Buster" Brown, Joy and Edgar Davis
Green Room Hotel Darwin 1959

A photo taken in the green room

Posted 18-May-2023

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0800-620 Bessie Drysdale, Edna Russ, Beryl Ford, at the Darwin Golf Club Christmas Club 1955.

Image Source and Description: Joyce Davis

Bessie Drysdale, Edna Russ, Beryl Ford, at the Darwin Golf Club Christmas Club 1955

Myra Fogarty Hockley: 15-Feb-2024
Wow...my grandmother..Beryl Ford. Not seen this photo of her before. Thanks. Edna Russ was her younger sister!

Posted 20-May-2023

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0800-621 Julie Pudney - Remembering some of my great Darwin Christmas memories, around 1989.❤

Image and Description: Julie Pudney

Foreword by Don McKenzie
Julie Pudney, the visionary administrator of the "I Love Darwin️ ❤" Facebook Group, has created a captivating online platform that showcases the vibrant city in all its glory. Launched in November 2022, this group has amassed an impressive membership of over 7K individuals (according to May 2023 statistics), clearly resonating with the community. Prepare to be mesmerized by the abundance of breath-taking photographs that encapsulate the true essence of Darwin, its picturesque landscapes, remarkable architecture, and the warm-hearted locals who proudly call it home.

What truly astounds me is the remarkable influx of potential tourists who actively engage in reading, posting, and seeking basic travel advice about Darwin within Julie's group. It should be mandatory for every Australian Travel Agent to explore this invaluable resource.

I'll refrain from divulging further details about Julie, for this tale carries its weight in gold. ❤❤

Julie Pudney: 
Remembering some of my great Darwin Christmas memories, around 1989. Yes, this is me, many moons ago. I spent many weeks collecting donations to gift to all patients at Darwin Hospital. I was initially advised it was not possible to enter the hospital on Christmas Day just to give out presents. I persisted and found a way in. I joined the Blue Belles for a week and was allowed access as I was with a known charity. It was a load of fun, I still remember many of the donations. Graham Wilson donated heaps of alcohol, Avon donated loads of gift packs, Winnellie Florist donated baskets and gift wrapping, Gina Gamble donated ladies nighties and yes I was allowed to hand out the alcohol to certain patients when a nurse gave the nod. One young man was in hospital with a broken leg, I gave him a bottle of Bundy, he couldn’t believe his luck.

Posted 23-May-2023

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0800-622 Large building is Woolworths corner of Smith and Knuckey Streets Darwin September 1969.

Photo taken by Harry Kirkland
Darwin September 1969

Jude and Chris Hawker - Darwin 1969
These photos have been scanned from my fathers slides. He took them during a helicopter flight over Darwin in September 1969. My Dads name was Harry Kirkland and he was in the RAAF at the time of taking these photos.

Posted 10-July-2023

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0800-623 S.S. Edinburgh at Fort Hill Camp. Port Darwin 1887.

Photographer: Foelsche, P. (Paul), 1831-1914
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/458138
Fort Hill Camp ; Date Created: 1887

Description:
‘Edinburgh on New Jetty 1887’. The steam/sail ship, Edinburgh, is moored on the stone pier that extended from the base of Fort Hill. The ruins in the foreground are of the original Fort Hill Camp and a house that was probably demolished in
1887.

Posted 12-July-2023

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0800-624 School buses picking kids up in Wood Street Darwin Circa Mid 1950s.

Image Source and Description: F. Chin.

For older Territorians who have been reminiscing about crossing Wood Street when going to Darwin Primary and High Schools in the 1950's. These are the school buses picking kids up in Wood St. in 1956 or 1957.

Posted 13-July-2023

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0800-625 Darwin City Area Looking Towards Larrakeyah and Mandorah in the distance 1969.

Image Source: Harry Kirkland

Jude and Chris Hawker

Darwin 1969
These photos have been scanned from my fathers slides. He took them during a helicopter flight over Darwin in September 1969. My Dads name was Harry Kirkland and he was in the RAAF at the time of taking these photos.

Posted 15-July-2023

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0800-626 Howard Springs - Is a Nature Park situated approximately 28 kilometres southeast of Darwin, Circa 1970s.

Image Source & Description: Richard Turner.

Howard Springs is located in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is a suburb situated approximately 28 kilometres southeast of Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory. Howard Springs is known for its natural surroundings and recreational areas. Some notable features and attractions in or near Howard Springs include:

1. Howard Springs Nature Park: This park is a popular spot for picnics, bushwalking, and swimming in man made rock pools. It offers walking trails, and abundant wildlife.

2. Territory Wildlife Park: Located nearby, the Territory Wildlife Park is a significant attraction in the area. It showcases a variety of native Northern Territory wildlife, including crocodiles, birds, and other unique animals.

3. Berry Springs Nature Park: Situated a short drive away, Berry Springs Nature Park is another popular destination for swimming and picnicking. It features clear, spring-fed swimming pools surrounded by lush vegetation.

4. Rural and residential areas: Howard Springs also comprises residential and rural areas, including houses, farms, and acreages.

Please note that the availability and conditions of specific attractions or amenities may vary, so it's advisable to check local resources or contact relevant authorities for the most up-to-date information.

Posted 16-July-2023

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0800-627 Fort Hill Iron Ore Wharf in front of Stokes Hill Wharf. Darwin 1969.

Photo taken by Harry Kirkland
Darwin September 1969

Jude and Chris Hawker - Darwin 1969
These photos have been scanned from my fathers slides. He took them during a helicopter flight over Darwin in September 1969. My Dads name was Harry Kirkland and he was in the RAAF at the time of taking these photos.

Posted 17-July-2023

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0800-628 Smith and Bennett Street Darwin Circa late 1960s.

Image and description: Grahame Stewart

"New" Reserve Bank & "Old" Motor Registry

Posted 18-July-2023

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0800-629 Smith Street looking towards Bennett Street Darwin Circa 1970.

Image Source and Description: Jill Kinang

Posted19-July-2023

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