Happy New Year!! It’s 1980 and these Darwin locals look like they’ve farewelled the Seventies the right way, in flares. This image was taken at the Top End Folk Club party right on midnight as the crowd belted out Auld Lang Syne, though possibly some sort of cultured folky version. The Top End Folk Club is well known for holding memorable performances at the Gun Turret at East Point due to its excellent acoustics. However this wild affair was held somewhere in Nightcliff. History does not record how many of these pairs of flares lasted long into the Eighties, nor how many even survived that night. But to those brave pants, if you’re still out there, we salute you.

Picture: Library & Archives NT. Christmas party 1981, Howard, Dianne J, 1981, PictureNT, Dianne Howard Collection, PH0662/0098


Published: 1 January 2017

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