It's the old Darwin, but not as you've seen it before... Tuesday marked 150 years since surveyor George Goyder arrived here, on Larrakia land and sea, to sketch up plans for a new northern capital, establishing the first permanent European settlement in the NT. Darwin Resident Terry O'Brien has been taking old photos of the early settlement, such as this famous shot by Paul Foelsche from Fort Hill in 1887, and bringing them back to life by colourising them.


Image: P. Foelsche, National Library of Australia. Colourised by Terry O'Brien.


Published: 10 February 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