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It's one of Darwin's great urban legends - that one night, a cheeky joker somehow placed a beer can and napkin on one of the figures of Justice, on the face of the old law courts in Darwin. Well this week on Facebook the hard evidence re-emerged in the form of this photo. Those involved know who they are, of course, but a few innocent parties ended up in the Judge's office getting questioned the next morning. The building itself lasted until a new Supreme Court building opened at State Square, and was demolished in 2000.

Published: 10 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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