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The Terminus Hotel, one Darwin's earliest pubs, stood where the City of Darwin building is today. Built in 1885, it was the place where broadcaster and campaigner Charlie King's father once sat, more or less stranded, soon after arriving in Darwin. King's father cyclist from Melbourne who, with his mate Basil, was riding around Australia to promote a new brand of bicycle, the Malvern Star. Basil had brought a pistol, worried about possible trouble with Aboriginal people along the way. But on a bumpy road just south of Katherine, the gun went off in Basil's pocket, shooting him through the leg. He was shipped back home, leaving Charlie's Dad alone in Darwin with two Malvern Star bikes, sitting in front of the Terminus Hotel. He got sunstroke soon after on a labouring job, and while recovering in Darwin Hospital was cared for by an Aboriginal woman, who soon became his wife and Charlie’s mum. This story forms part of a new audio tour of Darwin CBD narrated by Charlie called Darwin: A Tale of Four Cities. More at

Published: 15 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. 

Click on the images to read the story behind the image.

Warning: May contain images of people who have died.

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