"Under this flag, may God guide and prosper all the peoples of the NT." With these words, NT Administrator John England marked the moment 40 years ago today when the Territory finally achieved self-government. After a tough few years after Cyclone Tracy and endless negotiations the day had arrived. Around 6000 people gathered at the oval for speeches, a performance from the army band, a 17 gun salute, a RAAF fly-over and plenty of waving of the new flag.


Image: Northern Territory Library


Published: 1 July 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