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Images: 0800-751 to 0800-800 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.

Many old photographs and stories of the history of Darwin

Please share this story with your family and friends so that they can read about the Darwin stories, its history,  and what it has to offer tourists. 

Thank you very much, Don...

Darwin Gallery Index. Images 0800-751 to 0800-800

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Images: 0800-001 to 0800-050 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
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0800-751 Smith and Knuckey Street Darwin Circa 1964.

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Smith and Knuckey Street Darwin Circa 1964

Posted 17-Mar-2024

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0800-752 Commonwealth Bank Smith and Bennett Street Darwin Circa 1960s.

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Commonwealth Bank Smith and Bennett Street Darwin Circa 1960s

Posted 29-Sep-2023

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0800-753 The remains of the Post Office that was bombed during the war. Taken from near the Cenotaph outside Government House. Darwin Circa 1950s.

Image Source: Bruce Donaldson. Taken by my father Don Donaldson in the 1950's.

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The remains of the post office that was bombed during the war. The Esplanade Darwin Circa 1950s. Taken from near the Cenotaph outside Government House.

Posted 27-Sep-2023

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0800-754 Anzac Day Darwin 1957. Cenotaph outside Government House with the ruins of the old Post Office in the background.

Image Source: Bruce Donaldson. Taken by my father Don Donaldson in the 1950's.

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Anzac Day Darwin 1957. Cenotaph outside Government House with the ruins of the old Post Office in the background.

Posted 25-Apr-2024

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0800-755 Batchelor Education Village 1977 Years 4&5. About an hour drive south of Darwin.

Image Source and description: Donna Matowitz

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Lived in Batchelor for a year. Then back to Darwin.

Back row
Teacher Peter Burkhardt, Aidrian Bennett, Don Taylor, Dean Kelly, Karl Detloff and Peter Bradley

Second row
Neil Gaden, Craig Leach, Errol Kerle, Llewellyn Austral, John Collins, Noel Collins,

Front row
Shelly Bye, Rosemary Sullivan, Christine Bligh, _ ,_ , Jane Bradley, Berryl Bligh,

Posted 20-Mar-2024

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0800-756 Bombing of Darwin. Cavenagh St, with a view across Bennett Street intersection toward the Esplanade Circa 1942.

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Bombing of Darwin: Damage to Darwin was widespread. The photograph shows Cavenagh St, with a view across Bennett Street intersection toward the Esplanade. It shows Gordon's Don Hotel and Chinatown.

Posted 13-Feb-2024

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0800-757 Vesteys Meat Works Bullocky Point. Mindil Beach and Myilly Point in the background. Darwin Circa 1920.

Image Source: Brian Tomlin

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Where Darwin High School is now. Mindil Beach and Myilly Point in the background.

Posted 22-Mar-2024

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0800-758 Woolworths, Smith and Knuckey Street Darwin after Cyclone Tracy.

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Woolworths, Smith and Knuckey Street Darwin after Cyclone Tracy.

Posted 25-Mar-2024

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0800-759 Five men sitting relaxing, two with pipes, very short haircuts. Darwin Circa 1920.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/629300
Robert Monteith Collection

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Five men sitting relaxing, two with pipes, very short haircuts. Darwin Circa 1920

Don:
I believe Robert Monteith (the photographer of this image) was employed by BAT (British Australia Telegraph), so this may well be other fellow employees and taken outside the BAT building on the Esplanade Darwin.

Chris Meakin
Might be at the barbers as they all look like they were just shorn.

Cheryl And-Don McKenzie
I found more of Robert Monteith's work. Shaved heads all around. Perhaps it was just short hair week, or possibly protection from the flu, just like wearing masks now and then.

Marianne McAdie
Shaving heads was part of a remedy for several ailment, one being a fever. Possibly they are all convalescing. Could be the Spanish flu.

Cheryl And-Don McKenzie
Marianne McAdie Hey, that's a good thought Macca. After recent research, I found out that they had a Spanish Flu Hospital in the little town I came from, Rainbow in Victoria. And I am talking 1919. I was gob-smacked with that one, so this is a potential answer for sure.

Marianne McAdie
https://lant.nt.gov.au/explore-nt-history/spanish-flu-territory Interesting reading particularly the impact on aboriginal population and the lockdown. They appear to have a sandstone wall behind them. The article has a photo of the quarantine station but I cannot discern any likely stone buildings.

Posted 29-Mar-2024

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0800-760 Haileybury Rendall School Berrimah Darwin. Stuffed saltwater crocodile at the poolside. Circa 1949.

Image Source: WA-22863-F Photograph taken by Whites Aviation Circa 1949

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Haileybury Rendall School Berrimah Darwin. Stuffed saltwater crocodile at the poolside. 

Qantas Empire Airways, children sitting with an imitation crocodile beside a swimming pool, Berrimah, Darwin, Australia

Tineale Browne:
The first ever inground swimming pool built in Darwin was at the old QANTAS Accommodation facility in Berrimah. The QANTAS ball was a highlight of the social calendar back in the day with the pool being filled with water Lillie’s for the event. At one stage the pool featured it’s very own stuffed saltwater crocodile! Haileybury Rendall School has just completed an upgrade of the pool and will be hosting a fundraiser Trivia Night & Auction in October to raise funds to beautify and enhance the functionality of the grounds surrounding the pool. We would love to hear from you if you have any photos or memories of the pool at any time throughout its 75 year history to display and share at the community fundraiser event. The pool is a very special part of our school and is used by all students. We would love to hear your stories!

Posted 3-Apr-2024

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0800-761 Robert Monteith with a group of people. Darwin Circa 1920.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/629221
Robert Monteith Collection

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Robert Monteith standing left at the back with group of people.

Robert Monteith and that girl again. One day we will find out who she is.

Posted 7-Apr-2024

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0800-762 A group of men standing by a car at Middle Arm Darwin Harbour. Circa 1958.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/413726 Hardy Collection

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A fishing we will go - none caught . Depicts a group of men standing by a car at Middle Arm Darwin Harbour. Circa 1958

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)

Posted 11-Apr-2024

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0800-763 Meat Company constructed by Vestey Brothers between 1914 and 1917 - Vesteys Cliffs, Darwin Circa 1917.

Vesteys Cliffs, 8 August 1917. Shield Collection, Library & Archives NT, PH0767/0019.

Don:
Vestey's Meatworks, officially known as the North Australia Meat Company, was a slaughterhouse located in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. It was constructed by Vestey Brothers between 1914 and 1917. Despite its establishment, the meatworks never turned a profit and operated for just three years before the company abandoned the endeavor following the Darwin rebellion. In 1957, most of the facility was demolished. However, two substantial water tanks from that era still stand today, situated on the grounds of Darwin High School at Bullocky Point in The Gardens suburb. The beach to the north of Bullocky Point is now known as Vestey's Beach, a testament to the meatworks' historical presence.

Posted 22-Apr-2024

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0800-764 Bagot Road and Nemerluk drive Ludmilla Darwin Circa mid 1960s.

Image Source: Lisa Bennett

Bagot Road and Nemerluk drive Ludmilla Darwin Circa mid 1960s.

Posted 28-Oct-2023

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0800-765 Group of Darwin people Circa 1938 - Families: Haren, Watts, Finniss, Dunn, Baker.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/720958
Collection: James Barclay Watts Collection

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Seated L to R: Vera Haren (nee Watts ), Alice Mona Watts (nee Finniss) nursing her first grandson John Watts, Mona Watts ("Bubby") Standing L to R: Kitty Watts (nee Dunn), Donald John Fairfax Watts, Norman Lynn Baker, Muriel Baker (nee Watts)

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Alice Mona Watts is my grandmother and is the niece of Boyle Travers Finniss, a family with close ties to the settlement of Darwin. Alice married Douglas Crombie Watts who was Mayor of Darwin for five terms between 1917 and 1930. Norm and Muriel Baker are my parents. Muriel was born in Darwin in 1917 and passed away this year (2014), aged 97. I took her ashes back to Darwin and had them interred into her mother's grave site in Gardens Road cemetery, Grave 1112. Information provided by Michael Baker, 6 August 2014

Margaret Arbon - this photo is my family (mother on right)

Pam Ayres - Margaret Arbon Lots of relatives named there including mum. I’ve got the photo so would be nice to have a colour version

Margaret Arbon - Pam Ayres I’m pretty sure I’ve got the same photo too but don’t ask me where

Pam Ayres - Margaret Arbon - Linda Haskins I actually haven't taken much notice until now on how mum & Aunty Jean could pass for twins

Margaret Arbon - Yes I am related to Vera and Muriel Watts (aunts) Bubby Watts (mother) and all the Finniss family (cousins)

Joan Orr - Margaret Arbon do you think us sisters resemble our mum and aunties

Joan Orr - Yes i am related to the watts and finniss families. Bubby watts is my mother

Michael Baker - Muriel Watts is my mother

Posted 30-Oct-2023

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0800-766 The old Jollys site being prepared to build Woolworths corner Smith and Knuckey Streets Darwin. The garage is being removed. Circa mid 1960s.

Image Source and Description: Graham Poeling-Oer

Posted 1-Nov-2023

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0800-767 Yet Another Darwin Sunset Circa 1930s - Photographer: F. R. Morris.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/609839
Photographer: Morris, F. R.

Don:
Many beautiful Darwin sunrises and sunsets are shared in Facebook groups today. Encouraged by these posts, I endeavoured to colourise a 1930s version, envisioning what it might have looked like in its era.

Posted  5-Nov-2023

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0800-768 Jill Kuhn (Swan) and Josephine Saunders (Swan) 21st Birthday - Duke Street Darwin 1964.

Image Source and description: Josephine Saunders

Josephine Saunders:
Parents Geoff and Gwen Swan's house in Duke St Darwin. 21st birthday was 15 October so the party would have been the Saturday 17th, 1964. Jill is closest to the PowerPoint. I have a metronome and cupboard beside me. (I was Jo or Josie )
Celebrating our 80th birthday. Arrived Darwin 1959. Jill Kuhn (Swan) and Josephine Saunders (Josie Swan) What a fun place to celebrate.

Posted  10-Nov-2023

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0800-769 Swans Water Polo Premiers - East Point Road Fannie Bay Darwin Circa 1969.

Image Source and description: Josephine Saunders

Back row:
Rosemary Waters, Lorraine Anderson, Jill Millward, Kim Saunders (Kim Gleeson)

Front:
Shelley Beard, Josie Swan (Josephine Saunders) Captain holding shield, Judy Swan (Judy Beard), Libby Brown (Libby Greensmith) Rosemary Bromwich

We were Undefeated Premiers that year and once we were Premiers three years in a row, but not sure when. (Jill Swan (Jill Kuhn) absent)

The photo was taken at The Penthouse. Once called Capricorn. Ben Tumminello bought/leased it in late 60’s early 70’s and ran a restaurant with some accommodations. It was near Man olas house on East Point road. It probably changed hands a few times since then. Actually I just looked up Capricorn and there seems to be a motel still there with access in Kellaway Street. So looks like it went back to earlier name.

Posted  15-Nov-2023

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0800-770 Captain Ross Smith and his Australian crew - Arrived Fannie Bay aerodrome Darwin 10th December 1919.

Image Source: Article published 11 Dec 1919 » Sydney Morning Herald

12 November 1919, Captain Ross Smith and his Australian crew set out in a Vickers Vimy from Hounslow Heath Aerodrome, England on a flight to Australia.... 27 days later they arrived in Darwin, thus completing the 1st England to Australia flight pioneering feat of aviation.

Photo - The pilots and crew of the Vickers Vimy Plane which made the first flight from England to Australia..... L-R Keith Smith/Captain Ross Smith/ & Sergeants J. Bennett & W, Shiers

DARWIN, Wednesday.
Flying high and strong the Vickers-Vimy aeroplane, manned by Captain Ross Smith and his companions, crossed the coast of Australia at 3.20 o'clock this afternoon. Less than half an hour later it had landed on Australian soil at the Fannie Bay aerodrome, and the flight from London to Australia, the longest in the history of the world, was over.

The aviators have still to cross a continent, but that is a minor matter after crossing parts of three continents and of two oceans. The actual flying time from London to Darwin was 124 hours, and the average speed about 85 miles an hour.

Darwin, which justified its title as the front door of Australia on this occasion, was on the tiptoe of expectation all the day. The first actual news that the aviators had begun the last stage of their journey was given by a wireless message from Koepang in Timor, stating that the aviators had spent the night in Timor and were then leaving for Darwin at 1 o'clock.

The Sydney sighted the machine 180 miles from Darwin and flying strong. As soon as the news went round crowds went out to the landing ground, where everything was in readiness. The first to sight the aeroplane was an employee at Vesty's, who modestly refused to give his name. The pilot took for his landmark the lighthouse, at Point Charles, 16 miles from Darwin, and those on board sighted itself when 40 miles away and flying at 6800 feet, and the gigantic aeroplane came straight for the aerodrome, gradually coming down to about 2000 feet. The white guiding mark in the centre was picked out nearly 20 miles away. The landing was perfect. The machine, flew straight over the ground with one of the pilots moving his hand to the crowd below and then circled round and swooped down like a settling bird.

A short-run, and the long journey was finished, and the Commonwealth prize of £10,000 won.

Before Captain Ross Smith, neat, clean-shaved, and with his uniform spick and span, was allowed to leave the machine and shake hands with Lieut. Fysh, who welcomed him to Australia on behalf of the Defence Department, he had to be examined by the Quarantine officer, Dr. Harris. Captain Ross Smith and his three companions - his brother, Lieut. Keith Smith, and the two mechanics, Sergeants Bennett and Shiers - passed with honours. After a brief welcome by the Mayor, and the Administrator, they were all carried shoulder high to the residence of the governor of the gaol, Captain Dempsey.

THE VOYAGE TO AUSTRALIA.
The machine, which is a 360-horse-power Vickers-Vimy of the type used in the flight across the Atlantic, left London on November 12. It flew by way of Italy, Egypt, India, and Burma to Bangkok in Siam, then to Singapore. From Singapore the route ran through Java to Uching, at Sourabaya, and to Anatopo in Timor, the last stopping place, 500 miles from Darwin. The aeroplane left Timor shortly after half-past 8 this morning, covering the flight in about seven hours.

Don:
I had trouble pinning down the date and location of this photo. It may be Hounslow Heath Aerodrome which was a grass airfield also, operational 1914-1920 in London.

10-Dec-2023
Emily Constantine :
Love this flight, crew & the whole adventure but I have a question for the brains trust. I believe this image is true left to right, Bennett, Smith,R, Hurley,F & Shiers. They all hold their cameras and looking at Hurley’s it is understandably larger. I do not believe Keith is in this image therefore it is not the crew of the Vimy. Thoughts? Looking at his nose & smile I see parallels to the following: https://tinyl.io/9uD3

Don:
You could easily have a valid point Emily. See the image below, however, I think you have the order of the names a bit out. Are you saying that the two people in the image below are the same person?

Emily Constantine :
That is my thought, but now I look again it may be Keith Smith not Ross to Hurley's left, therefore the image is not the crew as flown in the England to Australia Air Race.

Don:
I thought Frank's travels may have pinpointed where this photo was taken in 1919. More likely Darwin than London because of the occasion, but no solid proof. I'll add my double image and our chat to the website for people to explore it and ponder it further.

Posted  10-Dec-2023

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0800-771 Swan Sisters. Josie (Saunders), Judy (Beard), Jill (Kuhn), and Mother Gwen Swan - Mitchell Street Town Hall Ball. May 1968.

Image Source and Description: Josephine Saunders

Don:
The original photo is marred by excessive noise and reflected light. Opting for a facial zoom shot, I focused on preserving the facial details. Josie's dress colours, as described, remain unaltered for archival purposes.

Four women: Left to right
Sisters Josie Swan (Josephine Saunders) with purple empire line dress and lots of hair Judy Swan (Judy Beard) (dress pale Aqua)  next Jill Swan (Jill Kuhn) in short dress, (dress white) Mother on end with necklace and band in hair.  Gwen Swan dress was probably reddish brown. The question often was whether to wear short or long dresses. And we all went to hairdressers beforehand.

Posted  22-Nov-2023

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0800-772 Leading Aircraftman Leonard Arthur Barton (18368) with his wife, Marjorie, and children, Betty, Robert and Denis.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/842078
Collection: Ellis, Betty. Photo provided by B. Ellis (daughter) for the Roll of Honour

Ably assisted by my friend Mick Gulovsen with this colourisation.

Don:
It never fails to astonish me, the intricate web of connections I've uncovered linking Rainbow and Darwin. Is it solely due to my research efforts, or could similar connections exist in numerous towns across Australia?

Primarily stemming from WWII and the servicemen stationed or passing through Darwin, these ties have woven intricate stories. Cheryl and I both have uncles with the Rainbow-to-Darwin War story connection, that I have covered in other stories and images.

This poignant tale revolves around a Rainbow man who sacrificed his life on the very first day of Australia's involvement in the war. I had the privilege of working alongside his youngest son, Denis (Red), in Rainbow for many years, never aware of the solemn history surrounding his father's loss during Darwin's inaugural air raid, until many years later.


Leonard Arthur Barton, Leading Aircraftman 18368, was born on the 13th of November 1910 in Rainbow, Victoria.

Leonard’s father was Arthur John Barton and his Mother Sophia May. Leonard was the eldest of seven children.

Leonard married his wife Marjorie Stewart and they together had 3 children Betty, Robert, and Denis.

He worked as a motor mechanic and fitter for 10 years and even managed to own his own business for 6 years in Taverner street, Rainbow.

Leonard then enlisted in Melbourne on the 30th of August 1940.

First serving at the no.1 Aircraftman depot in Laverton he then was later transferred to the RAAF Headquarters in Darwin on the 16th of March 1941.

He was serving as a fitter in the Driver Motor Transport when the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Darwin was Air raided and bombed on the 19th of February 1942.

The only aerial defence for the Darwin base during the bombing was provided by a squadron of Kitty Hawks the 33rd Pursuit Squadron USAAF which all 4 pilots were killed.

Sadly all 7 Aircraftsman were killed in action on the RAAF Base station in Darwin including, Leading Aircraftman 18368 Leonard Arthur Barton, at the age of 31 years.


Joyce Davis 21-Nov-2023
RIP Len it was men like you who made it possible for me to return to my home in Darwin in 1946, I am so privileged to see what you looked like for the first time and not just a name on the killed list. Condolences to your family I know what it is like to loose a husband and father, and I know your family is so proud of such a wonderful man

Don 21-Nov-2023
Dear Joyce,
In the early days of World War II, Len courageously gave his life, becoming one of the unsung heroes who laid the foundation for the freedom and joy of countless individuals, including your return to Darwin in 1946. His selflessness allowed people like you to cherish the comforts of home. Your recognition of his service and the deep empathy you share as someone who understands the loss of a loved one makes his memory even more poignant. Len's sacrifice at the very beginning of WWII in Australia, is eternally valued, and your acknowledgment adds a personal touch to the gratitude many feel. You are living proof of the impact his sacrifice had on lives, shaping the fabric of our shared history.

Posted  19-Nov-2023

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0800-773 Joy Wheatley (Bowman) aged about 16 Darwin Circa 1940.

Image source and description: Tony Stokes:
Ably assisted by my friend Mick Gulovsen with this colourisation.

Tony Stokes: 21-Nov-2023
Facebook page was taken in Darwin before she left there in 1940. She was about 16 then. She subsequently joined the WAAAF in Sydney when she turned 18. With her approval, the Library & Archives of the NT recently uploaded interviews that I conducted with her & hubby, Norm, in 2022. They are available here: https://tinyl.io/9nBN Interview 3 is mainly about her pre-WW2 life in Darwin. Joy has also donated many of her pre and post WW2 photos to the LANT.

Interview 3: https://tinyl.io/9nCp
This interview covers Joy Wheatley's (nee Bowman) life as teenager in pre World War 2 Darwin, and life during and post WW2 in Darwin. It includes details of social life, including socialising with servicemen during the war years, and meeting and courting her husband of 73 years Norman Wheatley.

Don:
I enlisted my friend Mick to assist with this task. The contrast on each side of the photo was quite distinct, and our goal was to highlight Joy's face as the focal point. The image went back and forth between us several times, and although we're not entirely satisfied, we ultimately settled on this version.

Posted  23-Nov-2023

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0800-774 Knuckey Street Darwin looking towards Cavenagh Street. Circa late 1950s early 60s.

Image Source: Ian Lomas

Description: Jeffrey Fong

Here is a photo Ian Lomas posted in Old Darwin showing that big drain running down Knuckey Street passing the front of our Darwin Aerated Waters factory that I mentioned. Must have been late 50's going by that Holden. That apex roof behind the factory was Izod Motors, the shed/buildings to the left was Ted D'Ambrosio's, other side of Ted's was Sun Cheong Loong's as in old photo. Jolley's was further down Knuckey on the right side.

Posted  25-Nov-2023

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