With weather records being smashed throughout Central Australia this week, you've got to take a leaf out of this bloke's book and get cool any way you can. Pictured here are the bath facilities for the local policeman in Tennant Creek in the 1950s, a position filled by Constable Bob Savage, who oversaw a great crime wave of disorderly behaviour and drunkenness of 1952, when this photo was taken. But keeping cool and clean came at significant cost. He wrote on the back of the photo that "Tennant Creek water costs 5 shillings per 100 gallons".


Image: Savage Collection, Northern Territory Library


Published: 17 March 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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These works were made on Arrernte, Larrakia, Gaddigal and Lenape land that was never ceded