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It's 130 years since the very first pub opened in Alice Springs, the Stuart Arms Hotel, pictured here with well-known locals Bill Seigaman, Bill Hayes, Doug Adams and Louis Bloomfield in 1921. It was established by former station manager William Beanstead who bought two blocks in the middle of what's now the Todd Mall, in the town's very first land sale. And a place of heavy drinking it was. "There were many who hit town, "cashed up", who threw their swags in the corner telling the barman "tell me when it cuts out". Many a kind barman would remove £25 to keep them out of trouble later. Despite burning down twice, the Stuart Arms operated until 1986.

Published: 16 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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