This time 70 years ago, the Tennant Creek Catholic Church was mid-relocation from Pine Creek to Tennant Creek. In the midst of a mining boom, Tennant Creek had plenty of new residents but few religious services, so it was decided to move the disused Pine Creek church down the highway to its new home. It was railed to Birdum and trucked the remaining distance. Having hit some weather along the way, parts of the church were spread between the two towns and it gained the title of being “longest church in Australia”. The story of the church is now featured on its new Wikipedia page created by locals at a recent workshop in Tennant Creek. The workshops was held as part of an initiative called Wikiclub NT which aims to address the lack of Northern Territory-related pages on Wikipedia. There’s another workshop in Darwin this Wednesday night from 5pm at Northern Territory Library in Parliament House.
Picture: Library & Archives NT. Catholic Church, Tennant Creek, PictureNT, Nancy Eddy Collection, PH0255/0065