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The 'Green Room' at the Hotel Darwin was considered one of the most upmarket dining options. When it opened in 1940, the Hotel Darwin was described as "the best tropical hotel in the Southern Hemisphere" featuring "all that is the latest in tropical architecture and design". On 9 September 1999, it was reported that the Hotel Darwin was set to be demolished. The owners, Paspalis Hotel Investment Group, said the building was "riddled with cancer" and "structurally unsafe". A Supreme Court injunction failed to stop the building's destruction and two days later, Darwin woke to find the building flattened. This image features in the Lost Darwin exhibition at Northern Territory Library. The exhibition closes today!

Picture: Elizabeth Susan

Published: 14 August 2016


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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