Happy birthday to ABC Alice Springs that celebrated 70 years on air on Friday. It began broadcasting as 5AL after World War II, later becoming 8AL and moving to an office on Parsons Street where it covered some of the biggest stories of the time including the disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain, self-government for the NT and land rights. The studio then expanded into an office above the photographic store in Reg Harris lane, before finally moving into its current home on Gap Road in 1990, an occasion marked in true Territory style with a string of camels. Here's to another 70 years...


Image: ABC Alice Springs


Published: 2 December 2018

Forgotten Territory was a weekly photo column of historic images in the Northern Territory News which I curated from 2016 until 2019 supported by the collections of the Northern Territory Library and other cultural institutions around Australia, as well as local history Facebook groups. 

Click on the images to read the story behind the image.

Warning: May contain images of people who have died.

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These works were made on Arrernte, Larrakia, Gaddigal and Lenape land that was never ceded