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Last Updated on November 20, 2021

Images: 0800-001 to 0800-050 Darwin Gallery of historical B&W photos converted to colour.

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Darwin Gallery Index. Showing Images 0800-001 to 0800-050

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.

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The Stories:

0800-001 Police Barracks 1876.

Original Photo Source: Unknown.

View of the Police Office on the corner of The Esplanade and Mitchell Street.

Posted to Facebook 28-September 2021

0800-001

0800-002 AE Jolly and Co 1930s.

Original Photo Source: Unknown.

AE Jolly and Co on the corner of Smith and Bennett Street in the 1930s, Where the Reserve Bank was and the Tourism Information Centre is now.

Posted to Facebook 29-September 2021

0800-002

0800-003 Stokes Hill Wharf 1888.

Original Photo Source - State Library of South Australia

This photo of Stokes Hill Wharf was taken on (or around) the 15 Sept 1888. From left to right are S.S. Tsinan, Falkland Hill (left of the Wharf), S.S. Menmuir Catterthun (on the right outside). The S.S. Chingtu was also there, but out of the picture to the right. Catterthun (on the right outside). The S.S. Chingtu was also there, but out of the picture to the right.

Posted to Facebook 3-October 2021

0800-003

0800-004 Commercial Bank of Australia 1887.

Photo and description - Terry O'Brien - Darwin & NT High Resolution Photos Facebook Group.
Original Photo Source - State Library of South Australia - Darwin [B 10138]  Photograph

Commercial Bank of Australia, left is Bennett Street, right is Smith Street. This bank building is now one of three banks on the corner of Bennett Street and Smith Street in Darwin. The facade of the CBA Bank was retained when the Paspaley Building was later built on this site. Photo Approximately 1887

Posted to Facebook 2-October 2021

0800-004

0800-005 Victoria Hotel Smith St Darwin NT 1919

Original Photo Source: Yet to be determined.

Posted to Facebook 5-October 2021

0800-005

0800-006 Police Station and Barracks 1870? -1874.

Original Photo Source: Info from Mike Owen:
The image is in the collection of SLSA B9734

'Palmerston, Medical Officer's Quarters and Senior Surveyor's Quarters ca 1870'. It bears similarities with the Warden's Office and may have been relocated from Escape Cliffs hence the sapling wall repair at one end, bodged up windows & a tin roof.

Posted to Facebook 29-September 2021

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0800-007 Police Station 1875.

Original Photo Source: Yet to be determined.

This is the new stone Police Station, built at the corner of the Esplanade and Mitchell Street in 1875 and occupied late in that year by the Police. In high definition versions of this photo the words "Police Office" can be read on the sign hanging from the verandah.  

The building was later extended to accommodate a Gaol Keeper, on the Mitchell Street frontage, as the then Palmerston Gaol (operated by the Police) can be seen at the rear of the building on the right.  Inspector Foelsche realising the quality of the new residence agitated to be made Gaol Keeper and as a result, was its first resident.

Posted to Facebook 30-September 2021

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0800-008 Tenth - Berrimah Police Station 1985.

Original Photo Source: Yet to be determined.

Commissioner Peter McAulay had reached the conclusion that a city the size of Darwin (population then approximately 75,000) could not support multiple police stations and given the layout of the city and the growth that was planned to occur in what was to be Palmerston and Litchfield Shire that a police station situated in Berrimah would be best placed to meet the needs of Darwin into the foreseeable future.  

Not yet posted to Facebook.

0800-008

0800-009 The Seventh Police Station 1945.

Original Photo Source: Yet to be determined.

The house at Lot 320 or 321 Cavenagh Street Darwin.

The NT Police remained effectively absent from Darwin until the middle of 1945 when a small detachment was sent to Darwin to re-establish civilian policing in a Darwin that was returning to normal.  They initially opened a Police Station
(the seventh) in a house on either lot 320 or 321 Cavenagh Street, Darwin.

Not yet posted to Facebook.

0800-009

0800-010 Government Offices and Police Inspector's Quarters, 1879.

Original Photo Source: This Paul Foelsche image is in the NLA collection MAWLQF6F

Government Offices and Police Inspector's Quarters, June 1879. This image is a stitch of two of his images to show how Mitchell St. used to run down to the Esplanade - some of the original curbstones are in the car park at Parliament House & in the Mall.

Posted to Facebook 1-October 2021

0800-010

0800-011 The second Police Station 1870

Original Photo Source: Library & Archives NT

Police Station, Palmerston, built 1870

For much of 1870, the Police were not in Darwin because they were initially required to spend their time with the Overland Telegraph work parties as that was what they had been sent from Adelaide to do.

Posted to Facebook 4-October 2021

0800-011

0800-012 The Fourth Police Station 1875

Original Photo Source: SLSA 1870
Citation address: https://collections.slsa.sa.gov.au/resource/B+10126

The Fourth Police Station 1875

The 1875 (and fourth) Police station was directly opposite the front door of what we now know as Government House.  

Posted to Facebook 2-October 2021

0800-012

0800-013 A panorama of two images stitched together.

Original Photo Source - Title: Darwin
Photo No: PH0107/0010, PH0107-0008
Date taken: 1976 Place: Stokes Hill Collection: Northern Territory Government Photographer Collection.

View from Stokes Hill powerhouse chimney westerly toward Myilly Point and Mindil Beach. Looks across oil storage tank to railway yards, housing between McMinn and Woods Street on right, Cavenagh Street and central business districts. Tall buildings from right Travelodge, T & G, M L C, City Mutual, Territorian Hotel at left rear (later Telford Territorian, then Four Seasons Hotel).

This is the colourisation of a third image from a panorama of two others stitched together. Date 26 Feb 1976 by Andrew King.

Posted to Facebook 3-October 2021

0800-013

0800-014 Police Station 1970

Original Photo Source: Unknown.

Police Station 1970

By the early 1970's both Police Headquarters (in what is now Browns Mart) and the Police Station in Bennett Street had become inadequate as accommodation for an expanding Police Force.

Not Yet Posted

0800-014

0800-016 Royal Yacht Britannia Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin 1963.

Original Photo Source: Library & Archives NT
Photographer: D. W. Moyses Collection

Title: Royal Yacht Britannia Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin 1963.

Description: Royal Yacht Britannia docked at Stokes Hill Wharf.

Posted to Facebook  6-October 2021

0800-016

0800-017 Darwin Public School 1939.

Original Photo Source: Library & Archives NT
Photographer: Buscall Collection

Darwin Public School 1939. (erected 1912-13)

Darwin Public School. Main building erected by J. C. Buscall, 1912-13. Front additions were created by the Snell Contracting Company. The school was located on the corner of Cavenagh and Peel Streets

Google street view is a guess, as the intersection doesn't exist today.

Posted to Facebook 9-October 2021

0800-017

0800-018 First Holden in Darwin 1948.

Original Photo Source: Library & Archives NT
Photographer: Izod Collection.

Description: Eric and Ellen (Hellen) Izod with the 'NT8' - first Holden in Darwin. The photo was taken in Melbourne where the car was picked up and driven to Darwin.

Ably assisted by Mick Gulovsen with this colourisation.

Posted to Facebook 6-October 2021

0800-018

0800-019 First Darwin Holden Owners 1948.

Original Photo Source: Library & Archives NT
Photographer: Izod Collection.

Description: Eric and Hellen (Ellen) Izod with their first Holden. Close up of the new owners of "NT8".

Posted to Facebook 7-October 2021

0800-019

0800-020 Signpost outside Commercial Bank.

Photo Source: L&A NT Gordon Maxwell Reid Collection.

Signpost outside Commercial Bank in Smith Street, Darwin looking towards Mitchell Street. 1935

Posted to Facebook 7-October 2021

0800-020

0800-021 Fort Hill Wharf Darwin - 1948.

Original Photo Source: National Library of NZ - WA-15163-F - Aug 1948.
Photographer: Whites Aviation Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.

Freighter at the dock, Darwin waterfront.

Posted to Facebook 8-October 2021

0800-021

0800-022 Smith Street 1937.

Photo Source: L&A NT Coral Crombie-Brown Collection.

Smith Street 1937. Commercial Bank on left, Bank of New South Wales, under construction and Cashman newsagent on right.

Ably assisted by Mick Gulovsen with this colourisation.

Posted to Facebook 10-October 2021

0800-022

0800-023 A young lady by the name of "Amy Johnson".

I always like to give a photo source credit, but this one seems to stem from various source claims. However, I would be pretty sure it isn't a Darwin photo. I must admit, I was blown away by the result. I hope you enjoy it.

You can't research the history of Darwin without touching on the subject of aviation.

I was scratching around looking for an interesting B&W photo when this beautiful image of a young lady by the name of "Amy Johnson" fell out of the cobwebs.

Johnson achieved worldwide recognition when, in 1930, she became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. Flying G-AAAH Jason, she left Croydon Airport, Surrey, on 5 May and landed at Darwin, Northern Territory on 24 May.

Posted to Facebook 8-October 2021

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0800-024 Home-made 1920 Rolls Royce 1948.

Original Photo Source: National Library of NZ - WA-15438-F

Mr E J Connellan's home-made 1920 Rolls Royce utility Rolls Royce safari vehicle parked in Smith st Darwin Opposite the Star Theatre Aug 1948

Rick Cove
1920 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Chassis No. 32EE engine No. L185 was purchased by Eddie Connellan from Mrs. J Biddlecombe in April 1939 for 100 pounds. Now owned by his son Chris, it is still in the NT. It once carried NT Registration Number NT 12.

Posted 20-November-2021

0800-024

From Mark McAdie.

This vehicle can be seen at the Alice Springs Airport. You can read the full story by clicking on the green button.

0800-025 Mitchell and Bennett Street in the 1920s.

Original Photo Source: To be determined.

Title: Corner of Mitchell Street and Bennett Street in the 1920s.

Description: Bell Tearooms on the left and the Post Office complex on the right. Motorcycle and sidecar with what appears to be two naval officers going around the corner. From the configuration of the sidecar U.S. or French maybe?

Posted to Facebook 13-October 2021

0800-025

0800-026 Stokes Wharf Roundabout Aug 1948.