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The Darwin Hotel's glorious Green Room, photographed here in 1982, came back to life this week. It's the inspiration for a new arts venue at Darwin Airport featuring cane furniture, banana leaf fabric, tropical wallpaper and lush foliage. The Green Room was many locals' favourite place in Darwin, loved across the decades for its timeless art deco design and tropical interiors, warm nights in long socks (required by the dress code) and tales from local characters like ‘Cowboy’ who was often to be found perched at the bar. The hotel was demolished in September 1999, nearly 60 years after it first opened. The new Green Room at Darwin Airport boasts live music every Friday and other local arts content.

Image: Northern Territory Government Photographer Slide Collection, Northern Territory Library

Published: 12 August 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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