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Images: 0800-051 to 0800-100 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 0800-051 to 0800-100

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Every image below has a link to 50 photographs. Simply click on the image to choose that group of 50.

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.

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Table of Contents

The Stories:

0800-051 Darwin Train transport to the Adelaide River picnic 1921.

Copyright owner: Library & Archives NT
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/749164
Collection: S. S. Godfrey

On the way to Adelaide River picnic. Sign on the side of the carriage reads "Respectable special drunks 1 Bottle Beer admission, Reserved, Reserved, for Bank Clerks and others".

Posted 6-November-2021.


0800-052 Town Hall, Darwin (Palmerston), Northern Territory. 1895.

Part of Album Collection
Subject Municipal buildings - Northern Territory - Darwin
  • Quoting northernterritory.com

    The Town Hall ruins are all that remain of the original Palmerston Town Hall designed in 1882 and completed in 1883.

    It was used for civic purposes until the Navy occupied it during the war years. When peace returned, the building was used as office space by the Museum and Art Galleries Board.

    The building was so severely damaged by Cyclone Tracy in 1974 that it was not rebuilt. The remains were stabilised in 1980 since when the ruins have been developed as a public open space and visual arts performance venue. Conservation works are effected from time to time.

Ably assisted by Mick Gulovsen with this colourisation.

Posted 2-November-2021.

0800-053 Brown, Harriet Ellen (nee Wedd) Family. Darwin.

Creator: Gray, Ruthie
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/525103
Related items: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/525106
Collection: StoryNT
I am wondering if this Brown family is the same Brown family that set up Brown's Mart in Smith street.

Brown's Mart is the oldest building in the city centre being built in 1885 as a Mining Exchange by Mr. Brown who was a trader and a Mayor of Darwin. However I am having trouble tying in this Mr Brown, with the family in this photograph.

Looking at this photo, I have almost convinced myself that we have a Nanny and a Housekeeper standing at the rear of the family. Then possibly a husband, a wife and an older parent of one of them, along with five beautiful children.

A fantastic image for the era. Could this be the builder-owner of Brown's Mart, and possibly the Mayor of Darwin?

Info from KC Martin-Stone
Okay, so I had a bit of a dig in the NT Dictionary of Biography. This Harriet Brown is not related to the Browns of Browns Mart, as far as I can tell. She may have married into the family, but I can’t find any evidence of that.VV Brown (Victor Voules Brown, 1841-1910) ran Browns Mart. He was married to Julia Solomon, who was the daughter of VL Solomon (after whom our federal electorate is named). After Julia’s death, he married Eliza Tuckwell II, in 1901. Between them, they had 18 children, 14 of whom outlived VV. It’s possible that Harriet Brown (née Wedd) married one of the sons of Julia and VV, but I haven’t found evidence of that.The interesting thing is that VV Brown’s mother was also Harriet Brown (née Perkins). So that may have led to some confusion about the connections of the Harriet Brown in the pictures.

Posted 3-November-2021.


0800-054 Aerial view of Darwin Harbour and Administration area 1930.

Copyright owner: Library & Archives NT
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/325372
Collection: Don Purdon Collection
Aerial view of Harbour and Administration area Port Darwin.
Government House (Darwin, N.T.)

Posted 4-November-2021.


0800-055 Darwin Gardens - Tree cutters will be shot.

Dates / Publication details 1945
Photographer: Nicholas, R. P
Darwin (N.T.)
Summary: Close up of a sign nailed to a tree which reads 'Any person cutting trees in these gardens will be shot'.

Not exactly a photo of historical significance, but will possibly start a thread of some interest.
The Botanical Gardens?

One of the photographs from an album compiled by R.P. Nicholas, relating to his war service with the 87th Squadron, which was based at the Coomalie Creek base about 100 km south of Darwin. Other photographs from the album may be viewed by doing a number search on PRG 1435/4.

Posted 5-November-2021


0800-056 Soldiers marching past Vic. Hotel, Darwin 1930.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/748743
Collection: Coral Crombie-Brown Collection
Copyright owner: Library & Archives NT
Collection: Peter Spillett Collection
At 11 O'clock on the 11-November 1918, peace was declared in Europe. First known as Armistice Day. Now known as Remembrance Day.
Soldiers marching past the Commercial Bank and Victoria Hotel, Smith Street. 1930

This is 12 years before Darwin was first bombed in Feb 1942.

Posted 11-November-2021.

0800-057 A group on a beach. One man holds a kite. Darwin 1890

Approximately 1890
Photographer: Foelsche, P
Collection: Part of Northern Territory Collection
Subject: Picnics - Northern Territory - Darwin
A group of men, women and children on a beach; one man holds a kite. 1890.

Bryan Clark:
Fannie bay beach near the lake at East Point?

Posted 7-November-2021


0800-058 The fashion trends, Darwin, ca 1910.

Sorry folks, found several copies of this photo on the web, but couldn't find a known source.
The fashion trends, female and male in Darwin, Northern Territory, ca 1910.

Posted 8-November-2021

Not a great photo, but proof positive that the party was held at the Residency in 1910.

Garden party at the Residency 1910

Collection: Campbell, James Pinkerton.


0800-059 Darwin Pickwick Club. 1890.

Subject Pickwick Club (Darwin, N.T.)
Pioneers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin

Description: Group photograph of members of the Port Darwin Pickwick Club.
Approximately 1890 Collection: Part of Darwin Collection

Standing from left;
Kelsey, Barnes, Price, C Davis, Godwin, Holden, Tullidge, Bell, Allen, Peake, Adcock;

Sitting from left;
Holtze, John Kilgour, Little, Mercer, Stevenson, Witherden, Goldsmith, Wurm, Burgoyne

The Pickwick Club was a membership of gentlemen that discussed matters of local importance. These meetings generally took place at a luncheon at the Vic hotel. Another club during the same era was the Dingo Glee Club.

Below is a link to an ABC audio that mentions the club and displays the same photo on their site. This gives the image date of 1/6/1901.

Posted 9-November-2021

0800-060 Theatrical group at Town Hall. Darwin 1921.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/748987
Collection: S. S. Godfrey Collection
Copyright owner: Library & Archives NT
Darwin group, possible theatrical group in Chinese costumes outside old Town Hall. Arrow is S. S. Godfrey

Posted 10-November-2021

Andrew King found the Newspaper article on the "Mikado" performance. Thanks Andrew.

0800-061 Darwin-Pine Creek Railway. 1889.

Part of Darwin Collection
Subject Railroads - Northern Territory - Darwin
Opening ceremony Darwin-Pine Creek Railway - 1 October 1889. A letter from JY Harvey, dated 1962, of the Australian Railway Historical Society which accompanies this photograph suggests that the event captured in the photograph is actually the christening of the locomotive which took place on 19th July

A banquet was held in the Palmerston Town Hall. Mrs Paper, wife of the respected Judge was requested to perform the ceremony. The Millars Brothers First Locomotive cost the firm at least five hundred pounds and was christened "Port Darwin". By September 14th, 1889 the railway line was complete and handed
over to the Government on October 4th, 1889 with little ceremony or fuss.

Posted 13-November-2021


0800-062 Four Army ladies. Laundry day WWII Darwin

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/317988
Collection: Edna Gobby Collection
World War, 1939-1945 - Northern Territory - Darwin
Left to Right: Mary Sangster, Winnie Mosscrop, Edna Leach, Betty Tonkinson hanging out washing, unit unknown.

Posted 19-November-2021


0800-063 Hellen & Marcia Izod 1957. Darwin

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/748518
Copyright owner: Library & Archives NT
Collection: Izod Collection
Hellen (Ellen) and Marcia Izod at an engagement party Darwin 1957.

Posted 14-November-2021


0800-064 Darwin Advisory Council. 1919.

Darwin Advisory Council, Group portrait.

left to right: E. Copley Playford (Chief Warden, representing the
Director of Mines); H M Trowers (Director of Lands and Survey); Nicholas Waters
(Inspector of Police and Acting Government Secretary).

A. Ray (Mining Industry); H. Nelson (Labor); H.E. Carey (Director of the L.T.
and Chairman; W. Ryan (Labor). The representative of the Pastoral Industry.
Thomas Baylis was absent.

Posted 15-November-2021


0800-065 Smith Street Mall Darwin following Cyclone Tracy. 1979.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/728621
Collection: Northern Territory Government Photographer Collection
Copyright owner: Library & Archives NT
Smith Street Mall, showing Vic Hotel after reconstruction following Cyclone Tracy

Posted 16-November-2021

0800-066 Ship Repair 1890 Darwin.

Creator Bleeser, Florenz A. K., 1871-1942. Published ca. 1890.
Series Florenz Bleeser collection of photographs of Palmerston, [i.e. Darwin] and the Northern Territory, ca. 1890-1900.
Part Of In collection: Florenz Bleeser collection of photographs of Palmerston, [i.e. Darwin] and the Northern Territory, ca. 1890-1900
Ship being winched into [or out of] water at Darwin Jetty, Palmerston [i.e. Darwin], ca. 1890 / Florenz Bleeser.

Posted 17-November-2021

Derek Pugh 17-Nov-2021:
Something odd about this 'c1890' picture. In 1890 the Darwin Jetty was curved (this might be curved but looks straight in this section at least), and there was only one rail line upon it (so suggests later than 1890). Stokes Hill had a large house on it where the Millar brothers lived while the railway was built - maybe destroyed in the 1897 cyclone. Stokes Hill also had a lot of bamboo growing on it in the 1880s. Could this be another harbour entirely or the photo much later - around 1903 with the new jetty?

Found in it the National Library collection labelled 'Boat being winched to dry dock, Palmerston, former name of Darwin, ca. 1897'. Perhaps the Millar's house was removed before the cyclone. https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/34505419

0800-067 From the balcony of the Vic Hotel Darwin in the 1960s.

Photo Source: Unknown.

Andrew King
Here is the view of Smith Street from the balcony of the Vic Hotel in the 1960s. Looks like it must have been taken shortly after a shower.
(Sorry Andrew, I couldn't see a Standard Vanguard Ute.)

Posted 20-November-2021


0800-068 Mindil Beach Caravan Park Darwin before the casino. 1970s.

Original Photo Courtesy of Richard Turner.
Colour enhanced and sharpened.

Posted 18-November-2021


0800-069 View looking south-east along Mitchell Street Darwin. 1879.

Library & Archives NT
Foelsche, P. (Paul), 1831-1914
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/452699
Collection: Foelsche Photograph Album

"Mitchell St 1879". View looking south-east along Mitchell Street. In foreground is a man with a broom next to a buggy. In the background at right is the Police Barracks and at left is the store of "V.L. Solomon and Co". A number of people
stand in doorways and watch the photographer

As Mitchell Street no longer goes through to the Esplanade, I feel the photo would have been taken from around about the NT Library, looking towards the Supreme Court.

Posted 21-November-2021

0800-070 Albert MacDonald and his Swift No 1 Light Roadster 1898. Darwin.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/734499
Copyright owner: Library & Archives NT  
Collection: Peter Spillett Collection
Darwin Stokes Hill Wharf

Albert MacDonald and his Swift No 1 Light Roadster fitted with Dunlop Roadster tyres. He rode from Adelaide to Darwin (2066 miles in 28 days, 15 hours and 30 mins). He left Port Darwin at 6.15am Monday 22 August 1898 arriving GPO Victoria Square Adelaide 9.45pm 19 September and then went on to Melbourne. The Adelaide-Darwin record was not broken until 1914 by Ted (Ryko) Reichenbach. Darwin Wharf, near path up to town.

Posted 22-November-2021

0800-071 Darwin. Diver about to make a descent. 1890.

Original Photo Source: SLSA
Citation address: https://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+53746

DARWIN: A diver about to make a descent during the construction of a new jetty. Approximately 1890

Posted xx-November-2021