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Images: 0800-701 to 0800-750 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 0800-701 to 0800-750

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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.
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.
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Images: 0800-601 to 0800-650 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
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0800-701 The tank at Vesteys Meatworks Darwin 1957.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/570163
Tom Sneek Collection Date: 1957

Description:
The tank at Vesteys meatworks with decaying building around the place. In the very distance is Darwin City.

Don:
Between 1914 and 1917, Vestey Brothers built the North Australia Meat Company, also known as Vestey's Meatworks, in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. Despite its official name, the slaughterhouse was never profitable and was operational for only three years before the company abandoned the venture in the aftermath of the Darwin rebellion. In 1957, most of the facility was demolished, but two large water tanks still stand today on what is now the Darwin High School site in The Gardens suburb. As a result of the meatworks, the beach north of Bullocky Point is now known as Vestey's Beach.

Posted 22-Sep-2023

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0800-702 Travelodge in the background, and the Old Town Hall in the Foreground. Darwin Early 1975.

Image Source: Rod Mellor

Description:
The old town hall. Now the site of the Entertainment Centre. Taken from Mitchell Street

Posted 24-Sep-2023

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0800-703 Peter Morgan and Cowboy Bill. The Green Room Darwin Hotel. Circa 1980s.

Image Source: Betty Harris.

This is more like a story book, as it came about as follows:

Don:
I just received these three photos from our Member Betty Harris.

She says "Not good quality and I wouldn’t want to offend anyone now they have both gone but it was such a funny opportunity one Sunday afternoon at the green room must have been mid or late 1980,s I guess. My kids don’t know these people, it’s either send them to you or destroy them".

Unfortunately they aren't good quality images, or of any known significance to restore at this stage I feel.

The really sad part is that we are going through our own photos and getting rid of anything that we know nothing about, or have no real way of knowing anything further.

I feel what caught my attention was Betty's mention of destroying them. I felt I can at least run them past our members for comment.

Comments:
Ronda Comber:
Loved Cowboy! And I did attend a couple of parties at Peter Morgan's house back in the 80s. Fabulous!!

Marianne McAdie:
Bloke on the right is Cowboy Bill iconic character around Darwin. He helped support many bars around town both financially and physically. Well known winner of the Tall Tales contest. He was happy to talk to anyone. I only remember him like that I doubt he had any family. The other is Peter Morgan well known and fondly remembered member of the Darwin community. He was gay hence nickname Queen Mother. He once tried to chat up my husband, but I still liked him. He was well known as bartender and partner of Ben Teminelo (?). He had the VIC, Squires and several other pubs around town. Photos are worth restoring. Any long term Darwinite will recognise them.

Anne Tique:
Yes restore, they are well known old territorians!

Julie Mende
Queen Mum & Cowboy both real old style characters!

Anne Tique:
I don't know if anyone can remember Peter Morgan used to carry around a small doll or toy cat that he called Alawishes. (or spelling similar)

I  had forgotten that. I remember he wore a white full suit (coat and jacket white shirt and tie) to the Darwin Show in the early 80’s. It had no paved roads only red dust. Somehow he walked away without any dust on that white suit. I went to his funeral it was packed.

Anne Tique
Marianne McAdie Yes he was a character!

Marianne McAdie:
A hypnotist named Spano came to Darwin for couple of years and did shows at the Darwin Hotel. We went to the Adults only show. Peter Morgan was bartending. Just before the interval Spano told the people he had hypnotised that their arseholes had been stolen. Then he brought them out of the trance but they were still under instruction. Of the three men two went straight to Peter and accused him of the theft. Peter took it in good heart and played along.

Cheryl And-Don McKenzie
After the member's positive responses to these images, I decided to go ahead and try one, and it turned out fairly good. As it is, there are only two photos as one is repeated, so I'll go ahead with the story to date, and the image I have converted. It will be presented in the near future. Thanks Betty Harris. Your work wasn't in vain. ??

Posted 1-Oct-2023

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0800-704 View from the first floor of the Fannie Bay Hotel in Darwin. East Point Road Circa 1962.

Photographer: Ken Hodge

View from the first floor of the Fannie Bay Hotel in 1962. This hotel in East Point Road was demolished following Cyclone Tracy.

Posted 6-Oct-2023

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0800-705 View of Darwin Hospital and Kahlin Bay. 1956.

Image Source Jill Kinang.

View of Darwin Hospital and Kahlin Bay. The year I was born 1956 !

Posted 4-Oct-2023


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0800-706 May Drysdale when she was a teenager. Darwin Circa 1935.

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

Description:
My sister May Drysdale when she was a teenager. Darwin Circa 1935

Born 16 May 1918 Darwin. Married Colin John BEARD Adelaide SA. Died Darwin 20 Feb 2005.

Brief Life History of May:
When May Drysdale was born on 16 May 1918, in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, her father, Alexander Stewart Drysdale, was 29 and her mother, Bessie Janet Phyllis Johnson, was 23. She married Colin John Beard on 9 September 1942, in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. She died on 20 February 2005, in her hometown, at the age of 86, and was buried in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.

Posted 8-Oct-2023

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0800-707 Cricketers in the Private School v Public School Matches. Palmerston - Port Darwin Circa 1898.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/331441
Peter Spillett Collection

Notes:
Date: 1894 Matthew Stephen, sports researcher and author, Colour Bar, provided additional information on this [18 July 2015]. He notes: 'The Private School v Public School games were played in November 1898 and January 1899. Willie Allen is standing holding a cricket bat at the end of the back row.

Posted 11-Oct-2023


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0800-708 Crowd and brass band on the wharf are farewelling the NT Contingent embarking on the SS Changsha sailing to Brisbane from Darwin 26-4-15

Image Source: N/A

Mawguwerr Jak-Angakurn 25-May-2023
NT Contingent off to the Great War. All marched down to the wharf under the Japanese "Rising Sun" flag, due to the Japanese being our Allies in WW1 and 8 of their biggest ships guarded our coastline for the duration of the war and not without cause, a German Warship disguised as a Merchant ship made the worlds longest voyage of WW1 and came up under Australia, sunk 8 ships off the east coast, re-supplied at a PNG German Port and returned to Germany 16 months later with 400 P.O.Ws and 800 tonnes of Coal as with all the bounties of the ships they scuttled. That Ship was called the SMS Wolf, of which i am currently making a model of.

Also on board this ship would have been two men I am aware of, Jimmy Cain, a good friend of my great Grandfather and Harry Edwards, Son-in-Law to my Great Grandparents.

Posted 13-Oct-2023

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0800-709 Smith Street West Darwin with the Packard Place Water Tower in the middle ground. Circa 1958.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/413631
Hardy Collection Date: 1958

Description: (wrong and photo mirror reversed)
MS in blue Looking towards Darwin Town. View appears to be along Smith Street with the Montoro Watertower in the middle ground.

Notes:
The photographer appears in several slides as Me and may have been named Wesley (see PH1022/0064). Other names in this collection include Charles/Charlie Young and Ken Harvey. The group appears to have lived and worked in Darwin for a period of time, having residences in Knuckey and Westralia Streets. They may have been involved in the engineering sector or there may be a connection with the Dept of Housing. (BH 7/04/2017)

Don:
Thanks to Rodney Thompson and David Darwin, it has been determined that the original image was mirror reversed. It looks like Smith St West on the left with the Packard Place water tank in the centre and the West Lane water tank in the distance. It also appears to have been taken from The Lambell Terrace nurse's quarters.

Posted 19-Oct-2023

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0800-710 Darwin Airport Circa 1980.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/459880
Collection: Darwin Airport c1980

Description:
Photo is taken from the old control/water tower (now relocated to the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, Darwin) and depicts the old air terminal at the Darwin Airport with tarmac in the foreground and carparks and Stuart Highway in the background. Circa 1980

Posted 21-Oct-2023

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0800-711 Playford Club Hotel Pine Creek. 1891 - Governor Kintore (centre of image) returning overland from Darwin to Adelaide.

Image Source: https://www.pastmasters.org.au/foelsche-centenary-2014.html

Description:
B-5057 Playford Club Hotel Pine Ck. 1891 - Governor Kintore is wearing a solar topee and poses by the buggy on the left. He arrived in Darwin on March 31st, 1891 on the steamer 'Chingtu' to begin his visit the Northern Territory. Here he is leaving for the long trip overland back to Adelaide, accompanied by Dr. E.C. Sterling. [On back of photograph] 'Playford Club Hotel / April 9, 1891 / Lord Kintore and Dr. E.C. Stirling leaving Pine Creek on an overland trip to Adelaide' (Another hand) 'Lord Kintore is standing by the left hand buggy and E.C. Stirling by the right. Signed E.S. Booth / 25/9/1967

Posted 25-Oct-2023

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0800-712 Darwin Race presentation. Eric Izod, Syd Maslin, unknown jockey in background. Circa 1960.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/748561
Izod Collection

Description:
Eric Izod, Syd Maslin, unknown jockey in background, unknown woman, crowd.

Posted 3-Nov-2023

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0800-713 Darwin Sailing Club float passing the Hotel Darwin. Herbert Street Circa 1965.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/610722
Alan V. Atkins Collection. Date: 01/07/1965

Description:
Darwin Sailing Club float passing the Hotel Darwin.

Posted 9-Nov-2023

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0800-714 Frog Hollow Circa 1954 - Site of the Old Darwin Primary School.

Image Source: Graham Poeling-Oer

Description:
Frog Hollow, located in Darwin, has an interesting historical background. In 1952, the area known as Frog Hollow became the site for the construction of Darwin Primary School. The school buildings were situated on what is now known as Lot 5672, while the school playground encompassed the western part of Lot 5672 and Lot 5665. Prior to the establishment of the school, Frog Hollow served as a natural drainage line, transforming into a wet season creek during certain times of the year.

Lot 5665 of Frog Hollow holds particular significance as it was officially designated as a Heritage Place under the Heritage Conservation Act in March 1996. The Heritage Register describes Frog Hollow as an open parkland that was initially used as worker camps during the early years of Commonwealth jurisdiction over the Northern Territory. The expansive open land of Frog Hollow holds great value to the Darwin community due to its historical associations with the worker camps and later the presence of Darwin Primary School. Furthermore, it is cherished as natural parkland within the central area of the city, adding to its appeal and importance.

Posted 13-Nov-2023

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0800-715 E.G. Haritos and Sons, Smith Street Darwin from the front of the Dental Clinic. Circa 1957.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/750207
Howard Truran Collection Date Created: 20/03/1957

Description:
E.G. Haritos and Sons, Smith Street from the front of the Dental Clinic.

Posted 17-Nov-2023

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0800-716 People on Nightcliff Beach. Darwin Circa 1966-67.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/859612
Roger Freeman Collection Date: 01/07/1966

Description:
People on Nightcliff Beach.

Posted 27-Nov-2023

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0800-717 Swimmers at Howard Springs Darwin Circa 1962.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/417895
Photographer: McGeehan, Margaret Darwin, 1962

Description:
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 29-Nov-2023

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0800-718 U.S. Air Force Globemaster, Darwin Airport (RAAF) Circa 1962.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/417853
Photographer: McGeehan, Margaret Date: 19/05/1962

Description:
Aircraft on airport tarmac. Notes: In 1962 the creator was seconded to the Darwin Public Library from the National Library of Australia.

Posted 1-Dec-2023

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0800-719 View from the harbour to M.T.A. buildings, Government House and Fort Hill Darwin Circa 1962.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/417851
Photographer: McGeehan, Margaret Darwin, 05/08/1962

Description:
View from the harbour to Govt. House and surrounds area. 1962

Posted 6-Dec-2023

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0800-720 Mitchell Street and The Esplanade Darwin Circa 1920 - British Australian Telegraph Company tennis courts in foreground. Government offices and Cenotaph in rear. Ship docked at wharf in distance. Photo taken from roof of BAT quarters.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/747249
Roy Edwards Collection. Date:1920s

Description:
BAT tennis court in foreground. Government offices (l) and Cenotaph (r) in rear. Ship docked at wharf in distance. Photo taken from roof of BAT quarters. British Australian Telegraph Company tennis courts

Mitchell Street and The Esplanade Darwin Circa 1920 - British Australian Telegraph Company tennis courts in foreground. Government offices and Cenotaph in rear. Ship docked at wharf in distance. Photo taken from roof of BAT quarters.

Posted 8-Dec-2023

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0800-721 Looking along the railway line from Daly Street bridge (Stuart Highway) Darwin Circa 1912.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/749211
Darwin 1914-1916 Collection.

Description:
"Looking along the railway line from Daly Street bridge". 1912 vintage bridge over the railway at Daly Street which replaced the Level Crossing that is visible in the foreground.

Posted 13-Dec-2023

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0800-722 Darwin Post Office. The Esplanade Circa 1930s.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/732051
Peter Spillett Collection

Description:
Post Office in 1930s.

Posted 15-Dec-2023

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0800-723 Industrial structures on Frances Bay beach Darwin Circa 1962.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/417773
Collection: McGeehan, Margaret Darwin, 01/07/1962

Description:
Industrial structures on Frances Bay beach.

Posted 17-Dec-2023

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0800-724 Mindil Beach with trees, palms and the sea in view. Darwin Circa 1915.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/748865
Darwin 1914-1916 Collection Date: 1915

Description:
Mindil Beach with trees, palms and the sea in view. Darwin Circa 1915

Posted 22-Dec-2023

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0800-725 Mrs Green's Dancing Class Darwin. Circa 1925.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/803648
Phyllis Moyle Collection Port Darwin

Description:
Mrs Green's Dancing Class ( about 1925 )

Identified back row l to r
Mrs Seale , Phyl Osborne , Ellie Doling , Patsy Wickham , Edna Murray , Jean Osborne , Jessie Ormond , Les Lampe , Alf Gurry , Reg Gurry , Mrs Green.

Centre l to r
? Morris , ? , ? , Jean Drysdale , May Drysdale , Lella Murray , Val Thompson , Norman Campbell , Norm Lampe , Annette Morris , Lily Holmes.

Front l to r
Ruby Hassan , Kathie Fitzgerald , Joan Dudley , Courtenay Green , ? , Joan Doling , Irene Hawke , Joan Campbell.

Posted 24-Dec-2023

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0800-726 Nightcliff Jetty construction. Brambles Manfield crane and Barge Express boat. Darwin Circa early 1990s.

Image Source and Description: Keith de Saram

Description:
Nightcliff Jetty construction. Brambles Manfield crane and Barge Express boat and 1 hard hat in sight.

Posted 27-Dec-2023

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