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Even if you're sick, there's no excuse to miss the parade. Patients and staff of the Alice Springs Public Hospital gather to see the Bangtail Muster in the early 1980s. The first Bangtail Muster Parade was held 60 years ago to mark the start of the cattle mustering season. First run by the Chamber of Commerce, then by the Rotary Club of Alice Springs from the sixties onwards, the parade is still a chance for the community to get together and dress up on the May Day public holiday.

Image: Neroli Stayt‎, Growing up in Alice Springs Facebook group

Published: 5 May 2019


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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