Territorians have been enduring a cold snap over the last week, with sub-zero overnight temperatures in the Centre and the coldest day in Darwin in eight years. Time to take a leaf out of Hilda Abbott's book and get out the woollens. Hilda was a writer and filmmaker, and instigator behind Darwin's Red Cross branch, as well as the Territory's energetic "First Lady' during her husband's Aubrey Abbott's service as Administrator during the late 1930s and early 1940s. She scribbled on the back of this photo that this was, "The only day in two years I wore a cardigan". Stay warm.


Image: 7919453, National Archives of Australia


Published: 30 June 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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These works were made on Arrernte, Larrakia, Gaddigal and Lenape land that was never ceded