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Last Updated on May 9, 2024

0800-801 to 0800-850 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 0800-801 to 0800-850

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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: 0800-601 to 0800-650 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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0800-801 Darwin Chinese soccer team Circa 1937-1938.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/859374
Chan Collection Photo number: PH0771/0013

Description: The Darwin Chinese soccer team,

Back row:
second on right William (Wei Kwong) Low (Lau Wei Kwong ? ? ?).

Front row:
second from left, Arthur Lee

Notes: William was the adopted son of Lau Dan (aka Wo Yuen) a Chinese merchant on lot 401 Cavenagh Street and his wife Lin How Loo. William Wei Kwong Low was born in Loong Do, Zhongshan, China on 4 April 1918 and arrived in Darwin on the Montoro on 14 May 1923. He married Gum Hee Lee in Darwin on 7 April 1940. William Wei Kwong Low died in Sydney, N.S.W. on 29 August 1992 and he is buried at Rookwood Chinese Cemetery. William Wei Kwong served in the Australian army [Service No D278]. His mother Lin How and wife Gum Hee sailed per Zealandia to Bowen, Queensland before moving to New South Wales. Information provided by Leonie Low (nee Nissen) (Daughter-in-law) 26-03-2014.

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0800-802 Crew working on wings of Qantas Empire Airways Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation VH-EAD at Darwin airport Circa 1948.

Image Source: Date 20 Aug 1948 Reference WA-15238-F Description Photograph taken by Whites Aviation
Part of Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs / Whites Aviation Ltd :Photographs

Crew working on wings of Qantas Empire Airways Lockheed L1049 Super Constellation VH-EAD at Darwin airport Circa 1948

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0800-803 Howard Springs (Darwin) Primary School 1989 Year 1.

Image Source and Description: Cassie Reid

Howard Springs (Darwin) Primary School 1989 Year 1

Posted -2024

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0800-804 Little Red Engine, Darwin Infant School Circa 1955.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/738202
Joyce Gilbert Collection.

Description:
Little Red Engine, Darwin Infant School. Children on train engine. Train was later moved to Museum site at old Town Hall, then to Fannie Bay Gaol Museum. Viewed from McMinn Street. Circa 1955.

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 -2024

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0800-805 Office Staff Darwin Railways Circa 1930.

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/433359 North Australian Railway
Collection: John F. McIllwraith Photograph Album Date Created: 1930
Ably assisted by my friend Mick Gulovsen with this colourisation.

Description:
Office Staff Darwin Railways Circa 1930

Posted -2024

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0800-806 Evelyn Dwyer aboard the USS President Grant Darwin Circa 1941-42.

Image Source and Description: Neil Middleton

Description:

I have my mother’s collection of photos from her time being a nurse (non military) in Darwin during the early years of the war.

Posted 15-Apr-2024

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0800-807 Alf Tafe and Joan Campbell at Rapid Creek Darwin 1940.

Image Source and Description: Neil Middleton

I have my mother’s collection of photos from her time being a nurse (non military) in Darwin during the early years of the war.

Posted 19-Apr-2024

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0800-808 Jack McNaulty, Alf Tafe, Nancy King, Evelyn Dwyer, Lorna Major. Darwin Beach Picnic 1940.

Image Source and Description: Neil Middleton

I have my mother’s collection of photos from her time being a nurse (non military) in Darwin during the early years of the war.

Posted 2-May-2024

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0800-809 Cashmans Store on Smith Street Darwin under construction circa 1930s. Billboards for the Star Theatre on the edge.

Citation address: http://hdl.handle.net/10070/738646
Collection: Peter Spillett Collection; PictureNT

Andrew King:
Cashmans Store on Smith Street under construction circa 1930s. Billboards for the Star Theatre on the right edge. Incorrectly labelled in Pictures NT as the Star Theatre which is out of shot to the left. Presently the Darwin Newsagency.

Description: Star Theatre under construction Date: 1930s Location: Darwin City (wrong)

Posted -2024

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0800-810 The Buffalo Shed Stuart Highway Winnellie Darwin Opposite RAAF base. Circa 1980s

Image Source: Russell Trainor

Terry Tinning:
John Kyriacou, yes Winnellie, people used to keep smashing the buffs nuts off it all the time.

Ian Heron:
Was across from the Stuart highway RAAF water tank Winnellie for years. People used to steal it's balls for some weird reason.

Graham Butterworth:
Actually from old Stuart Highway in Winnellie just before the old Wridgways premises.

Lynn Applebee
Stuart highway inbound by Jack Veal Boat, now boatland Winnellie would be to the left, past the onion outbound, yes was a takeaway there can't remember the name

Colin N Kirsty Bain:
The Buffalo Shed entered it in the Festival as a paper mache float, it then was then spray concreted and placed at the front of their souvenir shop on the Stuart Highway in Winnellie, the shop was owned by the Thornton's and did their own leather work and buffalo horns.

Posted -2024

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0800-811 Aboriginal burial Totem poles in the early 1970s - Coconut Grove Darwin.

Image Source: Norm Balke

Latest Update. Thanks to member's feedback:

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Totem Road. Named after the road's proximity to a sacred native burial ground and associated totem poles. 1952
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I was speaking with Norm Balke in early Feb-2024 and he said he took this photo of Aboriginal burial Totem poles in the early 1970s. This was opposite Totem Road and Dickward Drive Coconut Grove.

He said there was a mixture of what appeared to be a conventional burial site area with Christian-type crosses, plus the Totem poles site as seen in his photograph.

Don Feb-2024
For the past two months, I've passed by this location almost daily, witnessing what appears to be gravel trucks and machinery tirelessly spreading a substantial foundation across an expansive area.

Posted 8-May-2024

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0800-812 Banking Chambers E.S. & A. Bank Smith Street Darwin Circa 1920-1930s.

Image Source: Darwin Experience : Nov 14 1924 - April 12 1931
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/609838
Photographer: Cole, George Hulme

Posted -2024

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0800-813 Cavenagh Street Darwin Circa 1930 - Tree of Knowledge on the right.

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/433359
Collection: John F. McIllwraith Photograph Album Date Created: 1930
North Australian Railway

Posted -2024

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0800-814 Darwin Harbour Circa 1920s.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/610458
Photographer: Edwards, Roy Title given by Territory Stories manager.

Description:
Photos from an album of mixed work and relaxation photos taken by Roy Edwards in NT in the 1920s.

In this collection of photographs, several rare coloured images are featured. It's unclear whether they are authentic colour photographs or hand-painted, but for their time, they are remarkably well done.

There's extensive information available about colour photography in Australia, which you can explore through resources like this linked page: [Shades of Light: Colour Photography in Australia](https://www.photo-web.com.au/ShadesofLight/15-colour.htm)

Don: I believe this had to be taken from Fort Hill.

Posted -2024

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0800-815 Stokes Hill Wharf Darwin Circa 1930.

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/433359
Collection: John F. McIllwraith Photograph Album Date Created: 1930
North Australian Railway

Posted -2024

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0800-816 Concorde at Darwin airport in June 1972 on a round the world test flight.

Image Source and Description: Harry Green

Concorde at Darwin airport in June 1972 on a round the world test flight. Tokyo-Darwin 4Hrs including 90 Min delay in Manila to fix air-con.

Posted -2024

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0800-817 Gregory Street looking west from Little Street. Fannie Bay Darwin Circa 1950s.

Image Source: Gaynor Lovett

Steve Andrews
Fannie Bay, mate. I believe it's Gregory Street looking west.

Diane Smith
Little Street in foreground..then Knight st...then Kellaway @ the bottom of Gregory before East Point Rd

Posted -2024

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0800-818 Martin's Newsagency on the corner of Mitchell and Knuckey Streets Darwin Circa 1960s.

Image Source and Description: Paul PK From my postcard collection.

They were a bit light-on for attractions in Darwin 60 years ago. The local newsagent makes it onto a flip-out postcard! At least they captured that stunning color combo on that FC of yellow and black .

Don 2024:
Martin's Newsagency on the corner of Mitchell and Knuckey Streets Darwin Circa 1960s. This is the same building on the corner today. (2024) Was Red Rooster shop in 2014

Posted -2024

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0800-819 Palmerston - Port Darwin. From Government House looking towards Mitchell Street. In the centre of the photo is Inspector Paul FoelSche's house, and to the right is the first police station. Circa 1870.

Image Source and Description: Andrew King

Andrew King:
Here is a really old photo from 1870. It was taken from Government House looking towards Mitchell Street. In the centre of the photo is Inspector Paul FoelSche's house and to the right is the first police station.

Additional photos show a better view of the police station in 1870, taken from the Esplanade. The Inspector's house is just visible behind on the right hand side, and a closeup view of Inspector Paul FoelSche house.

Posted -2024

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0800-820 Vickers Valiant WP209 at Darwin Airport Circa 1958-59.

Image Source and description: Maurice J Austin

Was gifted box of old Kodachrome colour slides this morning! Among the 100 or so is this view of Vickers Valiant WP209 very obviously at Darwin and possibly 1958 or 1959. Nothing further known. This aircraft spent a lot of time ‘unserviceable’ in earlier years.

Several visited OZ in the late 1950's most or all in Photo Reconnaissance roles.

Some slight camera shake observed as sometimes seen in the very slow 10 ASA film that saw many photographers use tripods to minimise the problem.

Posted -2024

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