After a wet week in Alice Springs, there'll be a lot of this going on this weekend. Here the Bradshaw children play at the Claypans, just south of town in 1902. Their dad, Thomas Bradshaw, was the postmaster at the Alice Springs Telegraph Station from 1899 until 1908, during which he had three of his eight children. Over the years since then, a good dump of rain might see locals enjoying a spot of boating in very shallow-draught vessels before these ephemeral lakes dry up again.


Image: State Library of South Australia, B 22509


Published: 25 November 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. 

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