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One hundred years ago today, the guns of the Western Front finally fell silent after four years of brutal conflict that had cost more than 60,000 Australians their lives. The moment was felt in most corners of the world. In Darwin, every available flag was out, bells were rung and steam whistles blown. Local school teacher Mrs Spain took her students parading through the streets of Darwin, headed by this group, the Darwin Brass Band. The party continued to the old town hall where the kids drank the town dry of soft drink and had a "grand rollicking time".

Image: Phyllis Moyle Collection, Northern Territory Library

Published: 11 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. 

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

Warning: May contain images of people who have died.

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