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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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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.
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.

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Table of Contents

The Stories:

0800-401 Darwin wharf area October 1987.

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?

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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0800-402

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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0800-403

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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0800-405

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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0800-406

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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0800-407

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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0800-408

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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0800-409

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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0800-410

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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0800-411

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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0800-412

0800-413 Bagot Park Speedway Speed Cars Darwin 1981.

Image Source: N/A

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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0800-414

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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0800-415

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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0800-416

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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0800-417

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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0800-418

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 1960s.

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 Darwin - Helen Forest 1979-80 saloon cars Bagot Park Speedway, 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 1970s.

Image Source: N/A

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

Description: With thanks to Sarina Goldoni and others,

Darwin versus Gove teams racing in Nhulunbuy. The late 1970s

Top Row Left:
Ray Blackmore, Carl Eivers, John Anthes, Owen Cavenagh, John Logan

Bottom Row Left:
Kevin Forest, Corey Cats, Saint Goldoni, Steve Hodges, and Barry Clements

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0800-424

0800-425 That girl again, with her friends at the beach. Darwin 1920.

Photographer: Monteith, Robert
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/629271
Robert Monteith Collection
Location: Darwin City

Description:
Men and women in their swimsuits at the beach.

Don:
This same adventurous young lady in the zoom shot, appears in many of Robert Monteith's photos.
I believe she is either a close friend, or possibly family.

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0800-426 Norman and Louise May Turner. A Darwin Harbour Trip Early 1950s. Shows Fort Hill & Govt House.

Image Source and Description: David Turner

Description:
Early 1950s my parents, pictured, and I went on a boat across the harbor to an island I think. It left from the jetty. I was a teenager at the time and have little recall of it. Anyone know if it was regular social or special occasion, and where the destination would have been? Thanks.

Don:
A great view of old Fort Hill from the Harbour. Trip was more likely to be Mandorah, as this had good tourist facilities in the 1950s.

David has provided a newspaper ad for the trip to Mandorah.
The boat was one of the 40ft Army Marine Motor Launches built during the war.

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0800-426

0800-427 Australian saloon car titles in Queensland. Circa Late 1970s. Darwin Cars #8 MICK Heffernan, #7 Peter Simpson.

Image Source: N/A

Description: Darwin Karts
Car 8 MICK Heffernan Darwin car 7 Peter Simpson Darwin

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0800-428 Norman and Louise May Turner. A Darwin Harbour Trip to Mandorah. Early 1950s.

Image Source and Description: David Turner

Description:
Here is the other photo of the boat. Father on left and mother on right. What is interesting id the child unwatched sitting on the rear deck!

David has provided a newspaper ad for the trip to Mandorah
The boat was one of the 40ft Army Marine Motor Launches built during the war. Ref.

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0800-429 Lindsay, Merchant & Shipping Agent Mitchell Street Palmerston - Port Darwin 1874.

Photographer: Foelsche, P. (Paul), 1831-1914
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/436194
Collection: Foelsche Photograph Album
Copyright owner: Library & Archives NT

Description:
MS in brown ink on mount "1874". Signboard in photograph "LINDSAY. / MERCHANT & SHIPPING AGENT."

Lindsay's offices, (Merchant & Shipping Agent), Mitchell Street Palmerston. This
little building is almost behind the Cable Company's Offices and Quarters. The
white weatherboard building stands in a fenced garden filled with banana palms.

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0800-430 Smith Street Darwin Circa 1940-50s.

Image Souce: N/A

Jeffrey Fong:
One of my favourite shots of old Smith Street. I posted this Smith Street photo awhile back on Old Darwin and it looks like it was taken from a movie clip.

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0800-431 The 'NT Times', Mitchell Street Palmerston - Port Darwin 1873.

Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/746925
Chrissie Paspalis Collection.

Original Description:
The office of the 'NT Times', Smith Street. (incorrect)

The "NT Times", was established in 1873 and closed in 1932. Palmerston - Port Darwin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Northern_Territory_Times
Gives it as Mitchell Street.

Thank you Andrew and Ted for responding. As I asked in two different groups and got two responses, I'll try and do one answer for both.

Quoting Wikipedia:
Following the establishment of a settlement at Port Darwin in 1869, the Northern Territory Times and Gazette was set up in Adelaide and first published in 1873.[2][3] The printing press was shipped to Port Darwin on the Gothenburg. The first edition was printed in a government store at the camp at the foot of Fort Hill on 7 November 1873 by George Thompson Clarkson.[3] A week later the Northern Territory Times and Gazette moved to Mitchell Street.[3] Richard Wells was editor until his death in the wreck of the Gothenburg in 1875.[3] Another editor and proprietor for a few years was Joseph Skelton (c. 1822 25 April 1884). The Northern Territory Times and Gazette continued publication until 1927,[3] when the title was shortened to the Northern Territory Times. An amalgamation with the Northern Standard occurred in 1932.

So it looks like the Mitchell street paper NT Times, operated from 1873 to 1879.
Then the Indian hut was for the NT news in the 50s and 60s.Does t hat sound correct?
Don...

Rick Murray
The "N.T. Times" was established in 1873 and closed in 1932. Joseph Skelton first printed and published the "N.T. Times" on May 8, 1874 in Mitchell Street where he ran a store. The publishing address then moved to Bennett Street on July 12, 1879. On June 13, 1885, Vaiben Solomon took over the publishing and moved the office to Smith Street.

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0800-432 Just after Cyclone Tracy - Darwin Post Office Smith & Knuckey streets. - That phone call south.

Image Source and Description: April Tomlin

Description:
Post office corner Smith & Knuckey streets opposite Woolies and the park before the Smith street mall was built.

Posted 29-November-2022

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0800-433 Vesteys Meat Works Bullocky Point Darwin 1917.

Title: Vesteys meatworks
Photo number: PH0767/0028
Citation address: https://hdl.handle.net/10070/727883

Description:
Vesteys meatworks, Bullocky Point and Myilly Point
View of Vesteys Meat works on Bullocky Point from the east chimney in about
1917. Mindil Beach is behind the large worker's accommodation building that
burnt down in September 1923.

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0800-433

0800-434 Victoria Hotel Smith Street Circa 1914.

Image Source: Ryko, Ted

On the 11th September 1896 a notice appeared in the Northern Territory Time and
Gazzette 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.

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0800-435 Boys working on their bomb cars Blake’s shed McMillan’s Road Berrimah Darwin Circa late 1960-70s.

Image Source and Description: Marion Leggo

The boys working on their bomb cars built from car body parts scrounged from the
local dump in Berrimah. The Blake’s shed & yard on McMillan’s Road late
60’s/early 70’s.

Don:
I took an instant shine to this photo, as it reminded me of what I was up to at a similar age in the mid-1950s.

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0800-436 Bus dropping passengers off at the old Darwin airport 1949.

Image Source and description: Robert Porter

1949, an old photo of a bus dropping passengers off at the old Darwin airport. I don't know which company owned this bus or what type of brand of bus this would've been.

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0800-437 Mick and Joy Davis. Outside Drysdale's Garage Darwin NT 1963.

Image Source and Description: Joyce Davis

I see there is some confusion about Drysdale's Garage so here is it's history before it became Tom's Tyres. My mother Bessie Drysdale bought the block that was Lease Hold prior to the bombing of Darwin. Daisy Ruddock bought the other leasehold block a block or so away from Mums.

They were the only Leasehold blocks at the time and everyone said the two women were mad buying them because if anything happened the Govt would take the leasehold blocks back but couldn't touch the freehold blocks.

After the bombing of Darwin the Govt took all the freehold blocks back but couldn't touch the Leasehold blocks because their land rates were still paid on them.

In Jan 1946 when Dad, Mum, myself and brother Fred Drysdale returned to live in Darwin in Smith Street, my brother Alec Drysdale was discharged from the army and came home too, and lived with us.

Later Alec married Molly Gaynor who was an army nurse stationed in Darwin and Mum then bought an ex army sidney williams hut and Alec, Fred, my cousin Teddy Brown and a few others moved the hut from its position and rebuilt it on the block of land that Mum owned and then Alec and his wife opened up Drysdale's garage.

A couple of years later Alec went to work for the Customs Department, and had built his house across the road (now named Dick Ward Drive) from my brother Fred Drysdale.

Fred took over the garage from Alec and his wife Doreen nee Bullock, ran it while Fred drove his truck with the Darwin Truck Owners.

Then Fred was appointed as the new Superintendent to open up Warrabri Native Settlement so my sister Jean Drysdale who was then Mrs Shewring took over the Garage.

Each of my siblings leased the Garage from my mother. When Jean married Lucky Harris in July 1962 she left the garage and my mother then a widow moved into it. A week before Jean's wedding Mick and Joy Davis (me) (nee Drysdale) returned to Darwin for a holiday and my mother asked us to stay on and lease the garage from her.

Thus we took over Drysdales Garage in July 1962. We ran it until we moved out to Timber Creek where we had bought a block of land and opened up a general store there in Sept 1965, and the garage was leased to Mick's brother Bluey Davis.

I can't remember when exactly Blue left it to go to work for Telstra, and then mum rented it to another man not related to us (I can't remember his name either), and a couple of years later Mum sold the Garage to him. Later I don't know if he sold it or started Tom's Tyres there.

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0800-438 Cenotaph in front of Government House Darwin. Circa 1921.

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Cenotaph in front of Government House Darwin. Possibly 1921 when it was first constructed.

The Darwin Cenotaph commemorates those from the Northern Territory who served in conflicts in which Australia has been involved. The cenotaph lists the names of those who have died in service or been killed in action, with those from World War One listed on three plaques in front of the cenotaph

It was originally erected outside Government House in 1921 to commemorate World War One, and was relocated to the Civic Centre in 1970 and then to its present location in Bicentennial Park in 1992.

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