If Darwin's glorious town hall on Smith Street had survived Cyclone Tracy it would have turned 135 years old this week. Its foundation stone was laid on 17 August 1882 in ye olde Palmerston town. While it was once the venue for many dances, fundraisers, meetings and even children's fancy dress balls like this one, today the only reminders of it are the ruins opposite Browns Mart Theatre.


Published: 20 August 2017

Picture: Library & Archives NT. Palmerston Town Hall, Barnes, W. J, PictureNT, Peter Spillett Collection, PH0238/0767

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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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