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.
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.