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Last Updated on November 27, 2021

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. Showing Images 0800-051 to 0800-100

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.

The Stories:

0800-051 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.

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. 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.

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. 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

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.

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 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


0800-067 From the balcony of the Vic Hotel 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 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. 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.

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


0800-072 Darwin Aerial view railway yards 1932.

Original Photo Source: J.C. Buscall Photo number: PH0170/0159
Photographer: Buscall Collection, PictureNT
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/655149

Aerial view of Stokes Hill, Wharf and Frances Bay about 1932. Darwin Train Station is out of shot to the bottom. This is the goods yard.

The ship beached on the left edge of the photo?

Andrew King

WARREGO: 1,552 gross tons, 867 net. Lbd: 250' x 36'2" x 22'8". Steel steamship built by William Doxford & Sons, Sunderland for QSS Co's Australian passenger coastal trade. Designed especially for the 'trade war' with the ASN Co, Of AUSN April 1887. Laid up and sold 1912 to the Royal Australian Navy and converted into a storeship, towed by ss Coolgardie to Darwin, Northern Territory, October 1913. In 1919, a cyclone blew the old ship, with 600 tons of coal on board, high on the beach near the Darwin wharf. 1942 was subjected to Japanese bombing raids. In 1960, her remains lay on the beach at a spot where a landfill was required for a power station. The ship's remnants were simply covered over, remaining hidden there to this day Read more at the wrecksite.

Posted 25-November-2021


Stella Maris (old railway workers building) is hard to pick because of the different photo heights, and changes over the years, but it is near the end of the red arrow.

0800-073 First Palmerston. Telegraph Station 1870.

Original Photo Source: SL-of-SA Darwin [B 9744]
Photographer: Sweet, Samuel White

Palmerston. First temporary Telegraph Station showing a wooden building with a thatched roof
surrounded by a rustic fence all in a clearing among the trees. A man is standing holding a rifle at the corner of the building.

Posted 24-November-2021


0800-074 Group of working men from the Northern Territory 1895.

Approximately 1895 Collection. Part of Northern Territory Collection

Group of working men from the Northern Territory 1895.

Posted 27-November-2021


0800-075 Alfred Chin's wedding.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/751145
Copyright owner: Library & Archives NT  
Collection: Darwina & William Fong Collection Darwin

Marriage of Alfred Chin to Mabel.

From left to right.

Charles See Kee, Percy Chin, Valerie Pak and Pat Wu

Posted 26-November-2021


0800-076 Paul Foelsche and Group. 1890.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/333045
Copyright owner: Library & Archives NT  
Collection: Peter Spillett Collection

Two women are sitting in the middle, surrounded by seven men. The man on the right seated is Inspector Paul Foelsche

Posted xx-November-2021


0800-077 View to Port Darwin harbour past Doctor's residence on left.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/733056
Copyright owner: Library & Archives NT  
Collection: Peter Spillett Collection

If anyone has additional location and year information, it would be much appreciated.

View to Port Darwin harbour past Doctor's residence on left.

Posted xx-November-2021


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...

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