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Images: 0800-401 to 0800-450 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 0800-401 to 0800-450

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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.
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.
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.
Images: 0800-551 to 0800-600 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-601 to 0800-650 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-651 to 0800-700 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-701 to 0800-750 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
Images: 0800-751 to 0800-800 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.
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0800-401 Darwin wharf area - Circa Pre-1984

Image Source and Description: Robert Porter

Darwin wharf area October 1987. The power station still there in the top left corner. The middle left of the photo, I think there was a cement works there further to the left there might have been a bitumen plant. Anyone know about these and what year they ceased to operate?

Charles Ortlipp 5-Jan-2023
Police de-mountable was definitely there between 1984 and 1997. The vessel on the Police mooring inside the wharf appears to be (By shape) PPV Norlaw. The Police mooring outside the wharf has a dinghy on it so the Primary vessel cannot be identified. (PPV Salloo0 or PPV Pobassoo) Norlaw went to NTES in Nhulunbuy about 1990 so I would suspect pre 1984.

Tom Carey 5-Jan-2023
 Charles Ortlipp,  Definitely No earlier '86.Just about ready for Power Cable Trials,(See Work Health "Crane Insp File").PAWA Records & Various Sources,"Death of Prime Cont's Son?"!

Posted 10-November-2022

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0800-402 A. E. Jolly & Co. Knuckey near Smith Street (Lot 422) Darwin - 1948

https://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+77447/31 Photographer Pyatt, Dorothy

Incorrect description on slsa:
A.E. Jolley's store, Bennett Street - 'One of the oldest established shops in Darwin', August 1948.

Don:
Knuckey near Smith Street. (Lot 422) One door from Knuckey Street. Opposite Raintree Park. Where "www.sister7.gallery" is today (2022)
Military Jeep out the front, and a Sailor in the doorway. Original Jolly's store was on the corner of Smith and Bennett streets, which was flattened by the Japanese bombings in 1942.

Posted 11-November-2022

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0800-403 Angelina. First car from Adelaide to Darwin - 1907

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/723876 Boerner Collection ; Date: 16/12/1907

Location: Alice Springs
 
Description:
125hp Clement Talbot car, Mr H. Dutton (car owner) and Murray Aunger leaving Alice Springs telegraph station for Barrow Creek. Aunger at the wheel on first attempt to drive a car from Adelaide to Darwin

Posted 12-November-2022

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0800-404 Bales of cotton, the Ginnery, Botanic Gardens, Darwin - 1927

Image Source: NAA Date range     1927 - 1927
Series/Control symbol     A1, 1927/16477 PHOTO 46A Item ID     4240039

Description:
Bales of cotton ready for shipping outside The Ginnery, Botanic Gardens, Darwin 1927

Posted 13-November-2022

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0800-405 Darwin Railway Station in 1948

Image Source: N/A

Don:
In 1948, the tail end of Bennett Street ran right up behind the station.
The station was located today (2022), in what is the car park off Frances Bay Drive, almost in line with the ZEN apartment block. Tiger Brennan Drive is just behind it.

Posted 14-November-2022

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0800-406 Entrance to Government Gardens Palmerston - Port Darwin 1876

https://territorystories.nt.gov.au/10070/459184
Foelsche Photograph Album

Don:
Sorry, I couldn't find any real info on this photo.

Jacqui Davies:
Is this stone building still there?

Susanna Fletcher:
Yes its still there, I worked there 100 years later, Government House. This is the old stone bit in the middle surrounded now by permanent verandah!

Rosemary Chalmers: 15-November-2022
Susanna Fletcher - That is not Government House. This place was on Cavenagh Street on the Myilly Point side of Daly Street. In 1876 the government gardener was William Brelsford Hayes who had come to Darwin (Palmerston) with Goyder and his team of surveyors and stayed on after they left. He married Rebecca Kelsey, eldest daughter of John Kelsey And they had a daughter. He died in June 1878 at the age of 39 from gastroenteritis. His death created the opening for Maurice Holtz take on the job in July 1878. Initially Maurice was paid the same amount as what William had even though he had a far bigger family to support. I had researched William Brelsford Hayes but early this year I passed on all my research material to "The Friends of the Botanical Gardens" as I was moving to
Adelaide. As this photo (and I have seen it before) was taken in 1876 William may be one of the men in it.

Don:
Rosemary Chalmers - Because of the lay of the land, and the growth of the trees, I wasn't comfortable with this being at the residence location for the year given. Cavenagh over Daly seems a lot more in keeping with the photograph. I'll add this information to the website. Thank you.

Posted 15-November-2022

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0800-407 House number 21 Myilly point after Cyclone at Darwin - March 1937

Image Source: NAA
Date range     1937 - 1938
Series/Control symbol     A1, 1937/4701 PHOTO 28
Item ID     4240103

Don:
The original photograph from the "National Archives of Australia" was 425 by 246 pixels, a total size of 14.6 kilo-bytes, and is the smallest size I have started with to enhance and colourise an image. The final image has come out at 4000 x 2303 pixels with a file size of over 1 mega-bytes.

Posted 16-November-2022

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0800-408 Jeannie Gilruth, wife of the Administrator, Darwin - Circa 1915

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/744355
Jean A. Austin Collection

Description:
Mrs Jeannie Gilruth with other women, all dressed identically, indicating a function of some kind

Posted 17-November-2022

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0800-409 Railway station and passenger train at Darwin - Circa 1918

Photographer: Brown, Percy
Citation address: ttps://hdl.handle.net/10070/854649
Percy Brown Collection.

Description:
Railway station and passenger train at Darwin. A bell and a light hang from the
front of the station. A sign on the corner fence reads 'Shipping Office'. Two
men dressed in whites are leaning against verandah posts.

Posted 18-November-2022

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0800-410 Six Inch gun and magazines at Emery Point, Darwin -  Circa 1932

Image Source: N/A

On 12 September 1933 the form work at the Emery Point Magazine was complete and the pouring of concrete commenced the following day.

Posted 19-November-2022

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0800-411 Victoria Hotel, Smith Street Palmerston, Port Darwin - Circa 1896. 

Very unusual view showing the side of the hotel. 

Image Source: N/A

On the 11th September 1896 a notice appeared in the Northern Territory Time and
Gazette informing the public of the name change from the North Australian Hotel
to the Victoria Hotel.

NOTICE "HOTEL VICTORIA." THE attention of patrons and the public generally is
called to the fact that the North Australian Hotel, Smith-street, Palmerston,
will in future be known under the style and title of "Hotel Victoria." G. H.
JAMES, Manager.

Posted 20-November-2022

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0800-412 Bagot Park Speedway Darwin. Opened in 1966 and closed in 1981

Image Source: N/A

Don:
Leading the pack, two or three FJ holdens, an FC or FE following in the rear with perhaps an FX beside it. A Ford Consul or Zephyr stuck in the middle.

Sue Gullefer:
No 55 was Mike Izod and John Gullefer

Posted 3-November-2022

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0800-413 Bagot Park Speedway Speed Cars - Darwin 1981

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Bagot Park Speedway Speed Cars Darwin 1981. 4th Bruce Sawtell, 3rd Geoff Pilgrim, 1st Graham Jones, 2nd Phil Hereen

Posted 5-November-2022

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0800-414 Smith and Knuckey Street Darwin. Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Parade - 1953

Photographer Gayton, Jim
Citation address
http://hdl.handle.net/10070/334199
http://hdl.handle.net/10070/73306
Jim Gayton Collection

Don:
The relocated A.E. Jolly's store in Knuckey Street, and the RSL hall on the right in Smith Street.

Posted 21-November-2022

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0800-415 Aerial view of Darwin, Smith and Knuckey Streets at approximate centre - 1939

Image Source and Description: Kerry Mark

Don:
vertical:
You can see the main streets left to right Cavenagh, Smith and Mitchell.

Horizontal: Some are very hard to pick out.
Top to bottom: Esplanade, Bennett, Knuckey, and Peel.

Posted 22-November-2022

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0800-416 Cavenagh Street Darwin looking west. Circa 1924-1935.

Image Source: NAA
Date range     1924 - 1935
Series/Control symbol     M4435, 657
Item ID     7170641

Title     Northern Territory - Cavenagh Street Darwin looking west [large banyan
tree at right side down the street; person and two very small children at
verandah at far right of shot]

Don:
Image I had started at 425 pixels wide. Sorry, I can't see two small children.

Posted 23-November-2022

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0800-417 Country Women's Association restroom, Knuckey Street and West Lane Darwin 1962.

Photo No: PH0139/0541 Photographer: Lorman, Steve
Citation address: http://hdl.handle.net/10070/750665
Related items: http://hdl.handle.net/10070/15068

Description:
Country Women's Association restroom, corner of Knuckey Street and West Lane

Posted 24-November-2022

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0800-418 Darwin - from Railway Hill looking towards railway yard through trees 1950.

North Australia Railway - Photograph 29
Date range     1950 - 1950
Series/Control symbol     B3114, ALBUM 26 PHOTOGRAPH 29
Item ID     203043739

Title:
Darwin - from Railway Hill looking towards railway yard through trees - signal lights left hand corner.

Posted 25-November-2022

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0800-419 First diesel-electric engine to Darwin, at railway yards, Frances Bay. 1956.

Photographer: Peck, David
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/858852
Norman C. Pearce Collection Date: 29/10/1956

Description:
First diesel-electric engine to Darwin, at railway yards, Frances Bay.
 
Notes:
Information about this photograph and the related links was supplied by B. Baker on 3 July 2022
 
Related materials:
NT News Dated 30 October 1956 page 1 and 3 - Title : Diesel-Electric rail service launched at colour ceremony

Posted 26-November-2022

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0800-420 Martin's Newsagency Darwin - Circa 1960's

Photo No: PH0141/0338
Photographer: Lorman, Steve
Citation address http://hdl.handle.net/10070/735311

Don 2022:
Martin's Newsagency on the corner of Mitchell and Knuckey Streets Darwin Circa 1960s
This is the same building on the corner today. (2022)  Was Red Rooster shop in 2014

Posted 27-November-2022

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0800-421 Captain Lewis addressing N.T. Contingent opposite the Town Hall - Darwin 16-April-1915

Image Source: Unknown Photographer,
Lola Richards Collection, PCA0049/0045.
Library & Archives NT

Don:
This is not a great colour conversion, but considering the importance of the occasion, members will have to forgive these obvious flaws.

On Anzac day, we remember one of the Territory’s own, Captain Robert James Lewis.

Captain Lewis was born in Dublin, Ireland on the 14 October 1873. He arrived in Australia around 1908 at the age of 35 and then moved to Darwin where he became one of the most senior men in the NT Public Service, filling roles as Captain of the Cable Guard and Sheriff to the Hospital.

He was recruited in 1915 as the officer chosen to lead the first WW1 contingent from Darwin in April 1915 (pictured here). They embarked from Brisbane in early July as part of the 25th Battalion. Of the 35 men who sailed from Darwin, Captain Lewis and ten others would lose their lives in the conflict. Captain Lewis served in Gallipoli, France and Belgium. He was shot and killed the morning of 18 June 1916. He was 42 years old. Lewis was buried at La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery in Belgium and his head stone reads ‘He was a very brave and gallant gentleman’.

He never met his daughter, who was born after he embarked for the war. His wife Gertrude and daughter remained in Darwin until 1919. During this time Gertrude took a position as Manageress of the Victoria Hotel. Corporal Leslie Giles, whose letters back home were featured regularly in the ‘Northern Territory Times and Gazette’, attended Captain Lewis’ funeral. One particular letter talked about the Captain’s reputation amongst the company:

He was about the best liked officer in the Battalion, and is a great loss to his company. Barney Allen and I represented Darwin at the graveside, where were also the Brigadier, Colonel, Adjutant, and others. The Territory lads will miss him as he always had a good word for any of us and was always glad to hear any Territory news. It will be a great blow to his wife and he was so anxious to see his little daughter who was born about the time of the evacuation of Gallipoli.

Capt. Lewis was a soldier before anything else, and he has a true soldier’s grave. He lies among many who have bravely fought and died for their country.

Posted 28-November-2022

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0800-422 First WW1 contingent to leave Darwin - April 1915

Image Source: Unknown Photographer,
Lola Richards Collection, PCA0049/0045.
Library & Archives NT

Don:
This is not a great colour conversion, but considering the importance of the occasion, members will have to forgive these obvious flaws. It looks like it could easily be on the grounds of Government House.

On Anzac day, we remember one of the Territory’s own, Captain Robert James Lewis.

Captain Lewis was born in Dublin, Ireland on the 14 October 1873. He arrived in Australia around 1908 at the age of 35 and then moved to Darwin where he became one of the most senior men in the NT Public Service, filling roles as Captain of the Cable Guard and Sheriff to the Hospital.

He was recruited in 1915 as the officer chosen to lead the first WW1 contingent from Darwin in April 1915 (pictured here). They embarked from Brisbane in early July as part of the 25th Battalion. Of the 35 men who sailed from Darwin, Captain Lewis and ten others would lose their lives in the conflict. Captain Lewis served in Gallipoli, France and Belgium. He was shot and killed the morning of 18 June 1916. He was 42 years old. Lewis was buried at La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery in Belgium and his head stone reads ‘He was a very brave and gallant gentleman’.

He never met his daughter, who was born after he embarked for the war. His wife Gertrude and daughter remained in Darwin until 1919. During this time Gertrude took a position as Manageress of the Victoria Hotel. Corporal Leslie Giles, whose letters back home were featured regularly in the ‘Northern Territory Times and Gazette’, attended Captain Lewis’ funeral. One particular letter talked about the Captain’s reputation amongst the company:

He was about the best liked officer in the Battalion, and is a great loss to his company. Barney Allen and I represented Darwin at the graveside, where were also the Brigadier, Colonel, Adjutant, and others. The Territory lads will miss him as he always had a good word for any of us and was always glad to hear any Territory news. It will be a great blow to his wife and he was so anxious to see his little daughter who was born about the time of the evacuation of Gallipoli.

Capt. Lewis was a soldier before anything else, and he has a true soldier’s grave. He lies among many who have bravely fought and died for their country.

Posted 30-November-2022

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0800-423 Helen Forest 1979-80 saloon cars Bagot Park Speedway, Darwin, with her fiberglass kit car

Image Source: N/A

Posted on the "Speedway and road race history" website, under: "darwin-bagot-park-speedway"

Gary Pollock:
The car was known as a kit car as was all fibreglass. Helen Forest 1979/80 saloon cars,

Sarina Goldoni:
The lady is Helen Forest

Helen Syme: 14-Nov-2022
Hi Don & Cheryl. This is my photo . Thank you. I have kept a file with lots memorabilia from my speedway days with Kevin. When I get a moment I'll get find it. It may be of interest. I don't know what information you have but I've kept lots of dates, newspaper clippings and at least one program. Cheers Helen

Laurie Feehan:
Helen Syme, I'd love to get copies of what you have so it can be displayed in Motor Sports House at Hidden Valley. I have been collecting and displaying pictures in the new building since it was completed.

Helen Syme:
Laurie Feehan Hi Laurie, As soon as I have a spare moment I'll let you know what I have. If this is useful and I think it may be, how shall I copy it to you. There is quite a lot. If I list it then you can choose so we don't bother with duplicates cheers Helen.

Posted 1-December-2022

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0800-424 Darwin versus Gove teams racing in Nhulunbuy - The late 1970's