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Last Updated on April 10, 2024

Images: 0800-651 to 0800-700 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.

Many old photographs and stories of the history of Darwin

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Darwin Gallery Index. Images 0800-651 to 0800-700

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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0800-651 Jim, Marcia Izod, Ted, and Lyn Dennis at the Darwin Show 1958.

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

Jim, Marcia Izod, Ted, and Lyn Dennis at the Darwin Show 1958

Posted 24-July-2023

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0800-652 Miner's float, 'Uranium - Industry & security' in the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade Darwin 1953.

Citation address http://hdl.handle.net/10070/331951
Jim Gayton Collection Date 02-06-1953

Miner's float, 'Uranium - Industry & security' in the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade Darwin 1953

Posted 6-July-2023

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0800-653 Two women in front of cliffs near Darwin Circa 1930s.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/751287
Marella Collection

Description:
Two women in front of cliffs, probably Dripstone. Darwin Circa 1930s.

I asked on the FB groups what current members thought about the possible location:

Jeffrey Fong
Could of been Fannie Bay too as that rock looks familiar down towards the old Fannie Bay Hotel end when kids.

Garry Staines
Looks like Cas beach towards Rapid Creek.

Chris Meakin
I'm inclined to agree with Jeff in it being F Bay. N'cliff and Casuarina would have been a bit of a trip in the 1930s and the ladies look decidedly fresh. They also look like they may be Greek or Italian?

Karen Smith
Nightcliff below the Sea Breeze would be my guess.

Posted 25-July-2023

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0800-654 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade marches along Bennett Street Darwin 1953.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/331515
Jim Gayton Collection Date: 1953-06

Description:
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade marches along Bennett Street past the Commonwealth Bank on the corner of Bennett and Smith Street. Cars parked in the vacant block (was Jolly's Store) which became the park beside the Reserve Bank, then the NT Information Centre.

Posted 8-July-2023

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0800-655 Aerial view over Garden Drive Darwin Circa 1930s.

Image and Description: Bobbie Gardner

Posted 26-July-2023

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0800-656 Chinese Recreation Club float in the Queen Elizabeth Coronation parade. Darwin 1953.

Citation address http://hdl.handle.net/10070/330247
Jim Gayton Collection Date 02-06-1953

Description
Chinese Recreation Club float in the Queen Elizabeth Coronation parade. Darwin 1953

Posted 11-July-2023

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0800-657 Another Christmas celebration Julie Pudney, Bob Docking, and Kevin Angel. Winnellie Darwin 1986.

Image and Description: Julie Pudney

Another Christmas celebration in 1986, this time I am the clown ????, Bob Docking is Santa and Kevin Angel, the former owner of Winnellie News agency. Santa and I spent our lunch breaks volunteering in the centre, we were both working for TNT at that time. We gave out tickets to locals for a chance to win a huge Christmas stocking. And the best part was delivering the stocking to the family that won.

Posted 29-July-2023

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0800-658 Queen Elizabeth II coronation celebrations. Darwin Primary School, Cavenagh Street 1953.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/333573
Jim Gayton Collection Date 02-06-1953

Description:
Queen Elizabeth II coronation celebrations. Darwin Primary School, Cavenagh Street, with bunting for the Queen's Coronation. Tennis courts in foreground.

Posted 30-July-2023

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0800-659 Commonwealth Savings Bank Smith and Bennett Street Darwin 1961.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/484949
Arnold Bismark Collection 

Description:
Commonwealth Bank on the corner of Bennett and Smith Street.

Posted 31-July-2023

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0800-660 Darwin High School student team that played the teachers in the mid 60's.

Image Source and Description: Jeffrey Fong

Darwin High School student team that played the teachers in the mid 60's.

Mitchell Lee sent me this shot of the Darwin High School student team that played the teachers mid 60's. Quite a few old familiar Darwin faces including Mitch, Mick Poulter and others. Might be a clearer photo out there but the best I can do. Have a go at naming them.

Posted 1-August-2023

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0800-661 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade floats being judged by Colonel Wheeler, Fr. Flynn, Matron Lee Steere on the oval, the Esplanade Darwin 1953.

Citation address http://hdl.handle.net/10070/331972
Jim Gayton Collection Date 02-06-1953

Description
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade floats being judged by Colonel Wheeler, Fr. Flynn, Matron Lee Steere on the oval, the Esplanade

Posted 2-August-2023

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0800-662 View from the Daly Street bridge Darwin of a train coming up the hill from the goods yards near Stokes Hill. Circa late 1960s, early 1970s.

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View from the Daly Street bridge Darwin of a train coming up the hill from the goods yards near Stokes Hill. Circa late 1960s, early 1970s.

Posted 3-August-2023

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0800-663 Coronation parade floats on the oval, the Esplanade Darwin 1953.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/332059
Jim Gayton Collection Date 02-06-1953

Description:
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade floats on the oval, the Esplanade, waiting to be judged by the judges: Colonel Wheeler, Fr. Flynn, Matron Lee Steere.

Posted 4-August-2023

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0800-664 Darwin Cafe in Mitchell Street Circa 1962.

Image Source: Graham Poeling-Oer

Description:
Darwin Cafe in Mitchell Street Circa 1962

Posted 14-July-2023

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0800-665 Darwin's Anglican Church Smith Street Circa 1949.

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Joyce Davis:
Did you all know that my grandfather (William Drysdale a stonemason), built the first Church of England Church in Smith Street. He and his Chinese Labourers as well as others in Darwin would take the boat out towing flat topped other boats at high tide from Darwin Wharf around the point to Nightcliff.

Then at low tide they would select the stone that William wanted and mark out the rectangles to cut the stone into blocks. At each corner of the rectangle they would drill holes into the tone and hammer in wooden pegs. When they were
all finished they would light a big bonfire on top of the rocks and wait for the high tide to reach them.

When this happened the cold water would swell the wooden dowels and the hot rocks would split in perfect rectangles to the size they wanted then at low tide again they would carry the rocks out and load them on to the barges ready for
the next high tide to allow them to sail around to the Darwin wharf again, unload them onto a Chinese mans' bullock wagon to be transported up to the site of the building. The church was built in 1902 without the outside porch of latter years. The porch was added by navy men during the war years.

My grandfathers initials were carved in one of the stones at the back of the church. I and my eldest sister Jean were married in this church. Sadly CT blew all of it down except for the front wall that had the porch the navy built attached.

I think my niece Judy Beard may have posted photos of the church before and after the porch was added so I won't double up on that. The contract to build the church was in V V Brown's name but as he was related through marriage to
William Drysdale if one or the other had not finished one contract when another was due to be started they would swap contracts, so that is how V V had the contract but William actually carried it out.

Second image after Cyclone Tracy. About 1975-76
Image Source: N/A

Posted 5-August-2023

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0800-666 Students march in the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade along the Esplanade Darwin 1953.

Citation address http://hdl.handle.net/10070/332157
Jim Gayton Collection Date 02-06-1953

Description
Students march in the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade along the Esplanade

Posted 6-August-2023

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0800-667 East Point Road Fannie Bay Darwin 1957 - Taken from the top of a water tower in Goyder Road.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/570016
Tom Sneek Collection Date: 1957

Description:
On top of the water tower looking at the suburb of Fannie Bay. Just near the water tower is the edge of the Goyder Road cemetery.

Posted 7-August-2023

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0800-668 The Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade, waiting for judging, on the Esplanade. Darwin 1953.

Citation address http://hdl.handle.net/10070/332286
Jim Gayton Collection Date 02-06-1953

Description
Health, Training, Welfare, Education, Employment float with the 'First Australians' on the banner in the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade, waiting for judging, on the Esplanade. Aboriginal men on board

Posted 8-August-2023

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0800-669 Fort Hill Wharf, Darwin, 1956.

Photographer: Frey, John
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/436600

Description:
View over the tree tops to Fort Hill wharf, Darwin.

Posted 9-August-2023

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0800-670 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade. Siesta Motel is visible in Smith Street. Darwin 1953.

Citation address http://hdl.handle.net/10070/333680
Jim Gayton Collection Date 02-06-1953

Description
Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade float 'Darwin Rural Youth' passes by the Commercial Bank in Bennett Street. Siesta Motel is visible in Smith Street.

Don 10-Apr-2024
Ensuring historical accuracy is paramount in preserving our past. Several members, myself included, have raised concerns about the accuracy of certain photos in the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation parade Darwin 1953 collection. The doubts arise from discrepancies in the years of some cars depicted in the images. It seems that the archivists may have grouped them together based on the photographer's name, leading to potential inaccuracies.
Three so far:
https://www.wizard-of-oz.com/darwin-gallery-14/#0800-670
https://www.wizard-of-oz.com/darwin-gallery-14/#0800-677
https://www.wizard-of-oz.com/darwin-gallery-14/#0800-684
There may be others.

Posted 10-August-2023

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0800-671 Government House Darwin Circa Early 1980s.

Image Source: N/A

Description: Noel Brettoner
This one was taken from above the NT Public Works building I worked in. My view was straight out (to the left) over the wharf & harbour. Would have been 180 degrees only I couldn't stick my head out the window.

Posted 11-August-2023

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0800-672 Grade 3 class at Nightcliff Primary School Darwin 1973.

Image Source: Joyce Davis

Cheryl Watson:
Our grade 3 class at Nightcliff Primary School 1973

Teacher Mrs Quay.

Standing left to right:
?, Poppy Reisis, Marion Faustman, Patricia Trish Chisholm-Espie , Corine _, Susan Helyar, Valerie??, Vicki _, and then me, Cheryl Watson. The wind was blowing my hair and I turned my head at the wrong time lol.

2nd Row kneeling left to right:
Maylene Davis, Christine Jan, Soula _.

Front row left to right:
Monica Moojen Monika Freeman, Cathy Harvey, Lydia Furlan, Vangi Politis, ?, Zinia _.

Posted 12-August-2023

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0800-673 Crowd dancing at the old Darwin Oval 1953.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/835928
Jim Gayton Collection Date 02-06-1953

Description:
Crowd dancing at the old Darwin Oval Esplanade celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth.

Posted 13-August-2023

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0800-674 Indonesian Sailing Ship Darwin Wharf 1961.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/485047
Arnold Bismark Collection ;

Description:
Indonesian sailing ship.

Posted 14-August-2023

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0800-675 Larrakeyah Emery Point Lighthouse 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.

Larrakeyah Emery Point Lighthouse with the Golf Clubhouse and the Kindergarten (the large building in mid photo)

Posted 15-August-2023

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0800-676 Miles Yellow Bus Service - Picnic near Darwin Circa 1926.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/731248
Harold Snell Collection Photographer: Fletcher, V.

Description:
Picnic near Darwin. The bus in the background was - Miles Yellow Bus Service no.2 (written on bus). Mr Shirley Miles lived in Cavenagh Street in the twenties in the same block as the Public School. He also had a firewood delivery service and, I think, a cordial manufacturing factory. Those in the photograph are (from left to right): Mr Ingram; Irene Tindall; Arthur Lauder; Mary Rogers; D. Rogers; G. Tindall and Harold Snell. Taken about 1926.

Posted 16-August-2023

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