This was many people's favourite shop in Alice Springs in the sixties - the dress shop at the Riverside Hotel, now the Todd Tavern, which was was built by legendary local character Mona Minahan (left). Mona arrived on the Ghan in 1931 working as a barmaid at the Stuart Arms Hotel. After ten years, she started an emporium called Centralian Traders. She eventually bought a block of land fronting the Todd River and Wills and Leichhardt terraces which became the site of the Riverside Hotel, featuring a frock shop run by Pat Holden (right). Mona is one of ten Territory women that will be added to Wikipedia this morning during an edit-a-thon at the National Pioneer Women's Hall of Fame for NT Heritage Week.

Picture: Annie McLeod‎, Growing Up In Alice Springs Facebook page


Published: 15 April 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. 

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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