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NEWSLETTER October 2001

NEXT LECTURE - WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2001

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH - SUNDAY 25 NOVEMBER

This is the last of the Society's special lecture series on the Northern Territory and Australian Federation.

On Wednesday 31 October 2001 from 8.00 PM in the theatre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Fannie Bay, Emeritus Professor Alan Powell and Cathy Flint speak about the 'Founding Documents' project in which they were involved.

Alan is the Northern Territory's most eminent historian and the Vice-President of the Historical Society. Cathy works for the Northern Territory Archives. Refreshments follow the lecture.

The Society's annual Christmas brunch takes place from 10.30 AM on Sunday 25 November 2001 at 10 Litchfield (Litchfield Street, Darwin, opposite the Chinese Temple, behind the Don Hotel). The cost is $25 per person, to be paid to the Society.

The brunch begins with croissants and preserves, fresh fruit salad, tea, coffee and orange juice. This is then followed with your selection from the a la carte menu: eggs, bacon, sausage and tomato or smoked salmon with poached eggs or omelette or blueberry pancakes with ricotta. The brunch takes place in the air-conditioned section of the restaurant.

Please send your name and contact details with a payment of $25 per person by Thursday 22 November 2001 if you are attending the brunch. Cheques and money orders made payable to "Historical Society of the Northern Territory"

NEW PUBLICATIONS

 

Andrew McMillan, "An Intruder's Guide to East Arnhem Land", Duffy and Snellgrove, Sydney, 2001, ISBN 1 875989 811, recommended retail price $22.

John Morris, "The Tiwi: From Isolation to Cultural Change, A History of Encounters between an Island People and Outside Forces", Northern Territory University Press, Darwin, 2001, ISBN 1 876248 60 2, recommended retail price $42. Copies are available from the Northern Territory University Bookshop bookshop@ntu.edu.au

Christine Gordon, "The Collection of Oral History in Remote Aboriginal Communities in the Northern Territory: Some Problems", in Oral History Association of Australia Journal, no 23, 2001, pp. 80-84.

 


NEWSLETTER August 2001

NEXT LECTURE - Wednesday 29 August

PATRON'S DINNER - Wednesday 5 September 2001

On Wednesday 29 August, commencing at 8.00 PM in the theatre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Fannie Bay, Anita Angel lectures on 'Collecting and exhibiting the Northern Territory: retracing a museum history on the frontier from pre-Federation to the early twentieth century'. This is another in the Society's series of lectures to commemorate the centenary of Federation. A Northern Territory art historian, Anita is also a PhD scholar at Northern Territory University and a member of the Historical Society Council. Refreshments will, as usual, follow the lecture.

As advised in the previous newsletters, this takes place from 7.30 PM on Wednesday 5 September 2001 with Justice Dean Mildren, a Society member and noted for his contributions to the study of Northern Territory legal history, as the guest speaker. The topic of his address is the history of the Northern Territory bar. Given current discussion and debate about the role of the Territory's legal profession, Justice Mildren's historical perspective promises to be of particular interest. The venue is the upper deck, 10 Litchfield (Litchfield Street, Darwin, an old house opposite the Chinese Temple). The price is $28.00 a head for a main course and a dessert. Drinks are paid for separately.

Patron's dinner If you wish to attend the function, please send confirmation to the Society's postal address by Wednesday 29 August 2001.

Please include: Your payment - $28/head. Cheques and money orders should be to 'The Historical Society of the Northern Territory"

Name/names of attendees, and Contact telephone number and/or email address

THREADS OF HISTORY EXHIBITION

2001 Northern Territory History Awards
The fascinating Threads of History exhibition is currently on display at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin. It focuses on delicate linen cloths created by Northern Territory women between 1901 and 1923. The cloths tell some important historical stories. Barbara James, a noted Territory historian and a member of the Historical Society, played a key role in undertaking research for the exhibition.

Congratulations go to the following Historical Society members for their success in receiving Northern territory Government History Award grants to assist with their research projects: Maisie Austin, William and Susan Emilsen, Suzanne Parry, Bev Phelts and Julie Wellsindependently to Darwin via Top Springs and Katherine. Please see below for infrmation which you need to send by Friday 20 July if you are taking part in the trip. Maps and other information will be posted to participants.


NEWSLETTER July 2001

NEXT LECTURE - Wednesday 29 August

EXCURSION TO EAST ARM AND THE SEA BREEZE HOTEL SITE

On Wednesday 29 August, commencing at 8.00 PM in the theatre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Fannie Bay, Anita Angel lectures on 'Collecting and exhibiting the Northern Territory: retracing a museum history on the frontier from pre-Federation to the early twentieth century'. This is another in the Society's series of lectures to commemorate the centenary of Federation. A Northern Territory art historian, Anita is also a PhD scholar at Northern Territory University and a member of the Historical Society Council. Refreshments will, as usual, follow the lecture. On Sunday 1 July 2001, commencing at 4.00 PM in the visitors' car park, Darwin Trade Development Zone, Berrimah Road, there will be an excursion to the historic East Arm Leprosarium, soon to be demolished. The guide is Dr Suzanne Parry, who has undertaken extensive research on the history of leprosy in the Northern Territory. Following the excursion of about an hour, participants will travel to the site of the old Sea Breeze Hotel on Casuarina Drive, the Nightcliff foreshore side, for a picnic. Please bring covered footwear, water, a fold up chair and all that you need for the picnic. It is most important that participants send in the information described below if they intend to participate in the excursion by Friday 22 June 2001.

FIELD TRIP TO KEEP RIVER AND WAVE HILL

The field trip to Keep River and Wave Hill described in detail in the last two newsletters takes place on 27 to 30 July 2001. Please remember to advise the Society by Friday 20 July if you are taking part.

From 27 to 30 July 2001 there is a field trip to Keep River National Park and Wave Hill. The guide is Professor David Carment, who knows the areas well and has researched some aspects of their histories.

About 550 kilometres of the trip will be on unsealed roads but four wheel drive vehicles are not necessary. Participants must bring everything they require for three nights camping in places with few if any facilities. They should also ensure that their vehicles carry enough fuel for about 500 kilometres.

In some cases it might be necessary to carry extra petrol in appropriate metal containers.

On Friday 27 July participants travel independently to Jarrnarm camping area in Keep River National Park, where they will camp for the next two nights. The entrance to Keep River National Park is on the Victoria Highway, 468 kilometres from Katherine. Jarrnarm is 28 kilometres from the main road.

On the following day participants visit different parts of the very beautiful park area, including the spectacular Aboriginal rock art site at Nganlam, the Aboriginal occupation site at Keep River Gorge and the hawk hunting hide at Gingers Hill. Late in the day they travel across the Western Australian border to Kununurra to refuel their vehicles. Please note that fruit and vegetables cannot be taken across the border on the main road to Kununurra. They can, however, be taken in the other direction.

On 29 July the group takes the very beautiful Duncan Road, travelling south through well known cattle stations such as Mistake Creek and Rosewood before turning east on the Buntine Highway, stopping for fuel at Kalkarinji and inspecting the nearby remains of the first Wave Hill homestead area. The night's camp is nearby in the vicinity of an attractive water hole, the site of the first "strike camp" following the famous Wave Hill walk off.

On the following day participants return independently to Darwin via Top Springs and Katherine. Please see below for infrmation which you need to send by Friday 20 July if you are taking part in the trip. Maps and other information will be posted to participants.

HONOUR FOR SOCIETY MEMBER

Congratulations go to Richard (Dick) Kimber, a long-standing Society member who was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the recent Queen's Birthday Honours. He is well known for his significant contributions to the anthropology and history of Central Australia.

PATRON'S DINNER: WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2001

As advised in the last newsletter, this takes place from 7.30 PM on Wednesday 5 September 2001 with Justice Dean Mildren, a Society member and noted for his contributions to the study of Northern Territory legal history, as the guest speaker. The venue is the upper deck, 10 Litchfield (Litchfield Street, Darwin, an old house opposite the Chinese Temple). The price is $28.00 a head for a main course and a dessert. Drinks are paid for separately.

Patron's dinner

If you wish to attend the function, please send confirmation to the Society's postal address by Wednesday 29 August 2001.

Please include:

Your payment - $28/head. Cheques and money orders should be to 'The Historical Society of the Northern Territory"

Name/names of attendees, and

Contact telephone number and/or email address


 

NEWSLETTER May 2001

NEXT LECTURE

EXCURSION TO EAST ARM AND THE SEA BREEZE HOTEL SITE

On Wednesday 30 May 2001, commencing at 8.00 PM in the theatre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Dr Brian Reid speaks on Northern Territory medicine and health services in 1901. Brian is the Society's President and a prominent medical historian. Refreshments follow the lecture. On Sunday 1 July 2001, commencing at 4.00 PM in the visitors' car park, Darwin Trade Development Zone, Berrimah Road, there will be an excursion to the historic East Arm Leprosarium, soon to be demolished. The guide is Dr Suzanne Parry, who has undertaken extensive research on the history of leprosy in the Northern Territory. Following the excursion of about an hour, participants will travel to the site of the old Sea Breeze Hotel on Casuarina Drive, the Nightcliff foreshore side, for a picnic. Please bring covered footwear, water, a fold up chair and all that you need for the picnic. It is most important that participants send in the information described below if they intend to participate in the excursion by Friday 22 June 2001.

FIELD TRIP TO KEEP RIVER AND WAVE HILL

From 27 to 30 July 2001 there is a field trip to Keep River National Park and Wave Hill. The guide is Professor David Carment, who knows the areas well and has researched some aspects of their histories.

About 550 kilometres of the trip will be on unsealed roads but four wheel drive vehicles are not necessary. Participants must bring everything they require for three nights camping in places with few if any facilities. They should also ensure that their vehicles carry enough fuel for about 500 kilometres.

In some cases it might be necessary to carry extra petrol in appropriate metal containers.

On Friday 27 July participants travel independently to Jarrnarm camping area in Keep River National Park, where they will camp for the next two nights. The entrance to Keep River National Park is on the Victoria Highway, 468 kilometres from Katherine. Jarrnarm is 28 kilometres from the main road.

On the following day participants visit different parts of the very beautiful park area, including the spectacular Aboriginal rock art site at Nganlam, the Aboriginal

occupation site at Keep River Gorge and the hawk hunting hide at Gingers Hill. Late in the day they travel across the Western Australian border to Kununurra to refuel their vehicles. Please note that fruit and vegetables cannot be taken across the border on the main road to Kununurra. They can, however, be taken in the other direction.

On 29 July the group takes the very beautiful Duncan Road, travelling south through well known cattle stations such as Mistake Creek and Rosewood before turning east on the Buntine Highway, stopping for fuel at Kalkarinji and inspecting the nearby remains of the first Wave Hill homestead area. The night's camp is nearby in the vicinity of an attractive water hole, the site of the first "strike camp" following the famous Wave Hill walk off.

On the following day participants return independently to Darwin via Top Springs and Katherine. Please see below for infrmation which you need to send by Friday 20 July if you are taking part in the trip. Maps and other information will be posted to participants.

EXCURSION TO EAST ARM AND THE SEA BREEZE HOTEL SITE

Please send the following details to: Historical Society of the Northern Territory, PO Box 40544, Casuarina NT 0811 by 22 June 2001.

Name/names and postal address/addresses of participants

Email contact (if any)

Include in your letter the following statement:

"I/We acknowledge that the East Arm Leprosarium has no public liability insurance and accept full responsibility while on the site."

Please provide Signature/Signatures

FIELD TRIP TO KEEP RIVER AND WAVE HILL

Please send the following information to the Historical Society of the Northern Territory, PO Box 40544, Casuarina NT 0811, by 20 July 2001.

Name/names and postal address/addresses of participants

Email contact (if any)

Can you take an additional passenger/passengers? If so, please indicate how many.

Do you require transport?


NEWSLETTER April 2001

NEXT LECTURE

On Monday 30 April 2001, commencing at 8.00pm in the theatre, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Barbara James will discuss Darwin's Wesleyan Methodist church, formerly on Knuckey Street and now in the Darwin Botanic Gardens, in 1901. Barbara is one of the Northern Territory's best-known social historians and is also an entertaining speaker. Refreshments follow the lecture.

 NORTHERN TERRITORY GOVERNMENT HISTORY AWARDS

Applications are invited from individuals and groups to take up awards for research about Northern Territory history. The closing date is 4 May 2001. Single awards range from $500 to $5000. For further information and application forms please telephone 08-89247677 or email nt.archives@nt.gov.au.

NEW OFFICE BEARERS

The recent Annual General Meeting saw the election of the following office bearers:
President Dr Brian Reid
Vice-President Emeritus Professor Alan Powell
Honorary Secretary Professor David Carment
Honorary Treasurer Ms Bev Phelts
Honorary Minutes Secretary Ms Sue Harlow
Council Ms Anita Angel, Ms Judy Boland, Ms Nina Cameron, Miss Margaret Clinch, Ms Yvonne Forrest, Ms Kay Goon.

Mrs. Lesley Mearns and Dr Bill Wilson did not seek re-election. Both were thanked for their outstanding services.

Dr Suzanne Parry attends Council meetings in her capacity as General Editor of the Society's publications.

MEMBER'S NEWS

Dean Mildren, a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, is editor of an important new book, Northern Territory Judgements 1918-1950: Being Judgements of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory, the Supreme Court of North Australia, and the Supreme Court of Central Australia, Northern Territory University Press, Darwin, 2001, ISBN 1 876248 54 8. Copies are on sale at the School of Law, Northern Territory University and the University's bookshop.

Bill Wilson, a former Society President, is to be awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Northern Territory University in May for his thesis on the history of the Northern Territory Police between 1870 and 1926.

David Carment, the Society's Honorary Secretary and Professor of History at Northern Territory University, was recently appointed Dean of the Faculty of Law, Business and Arts at the University.

The Society now has its own site on the World Wide Web. Thanks to the efforts of members Colin Beard, Leonie Molloy and Bill Wilson, you can visit the site at www.historicalsocietynt.org.au.

 

 

MARCH 2001

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Wednesday 28 March 2001

commencing at 6.30 PM sharp followed by dinner.

Location is the Karawa Training Restaurant at the Palmerston Campus of Northern
Territory University (off University Avenue, Palmerston).

Price is $22.00 a head for two excellent courses. Drinks can be ordered at the bar and paid for at the time of purchase.

Payment by Wednesday 21 March if you wish to attend.

Nominations are called from financial members for the following positions: President, Vice-President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Minutes Secretary, eight members of Council.

Members may nominate themselves either in writing to the Society at its postal address before 21 March or at the meeting. The Annual General Meeting is usually short with the main business of the evening being the enjoyable meal that follows.

2001 PROGRAM

The year's program is now almost finalised. Confirmed events follow:

18 April - Barbara James lectures on the former Wesleyan Church in Darwin in 1901.

30 May - Dr Brian Reid lectures on Northern Territory medicine and health services in 1901.

1 July - Dr Suzanne Parry guides an excursion to the former East Arm leprosarium.


27-31 July - Professor David Carment guides a four-day camping field trip to Keep River National Park, the Duncan Road and Wave Hill.


29 August - Anita Angel lectures on museums and collecting in the Northern Territory in 1901.


25 November - Christmas brunch.


The Patron's Dinner is on a date to be determined in September. Another lecture takes place on 31 October.

More information about these events will be given in future newsletters.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ATTENDANCE

Please send in the following information with your payment to the Society by Wednesday 21 March 2001.

Name/names of those attending

Contact telephone number and/or email address

Do you require a map indicating the location of the Karawa Restaurant?

Do you wish to nominate for a position on the Society Council?

If so, please nominate which position and don't forget to include your signature.

 

 


NEWSLETTER February 2001

THE YEAR'S PROGRAM The year's program is being finalised. It will include the lecture series mentioned below, excursions, social events and a four-day field trip in late July to historic places along the Northern Territory-Western Australia border. It is hoped to provide more details in the next newsletter.

The Society is also publishing a book, edited by Lesley Mearns, on the Northern Territory in 1901.

The 2001 edition of the Journal of Northern Territory History is well advanced and should go to print within the next couple of months.

First Lecture for the Year:

Policing in the NT in 1901 by Dr Bill Wilson

The Society's lecture series for the year will commemorate the centenary of the Australian Commonwealth and focus on the Northern Territory a century ago. Dr Bill Wilson, the Territory's leading police historian and a member of the Historical Society's Council, is giving the first lecture. He is to discuss policing in the Northern Territory in 1901.

Lecture Date: 28 February 2001

Lecture Time: 8.00pm

Lecture Location: Northern Territory Police Museum, Berrimah. To get there go to the main entrance of the Peter McAulay Centre

Directions: Take the first turning on the left inside the gates. Then take the second road on the right and the museum is the first house on the left.

Parking: Please park on the right hand side of the road. Refreshments: There will be refreshments following the lecture.

New Publications

Books

Terry and Kath Baldwin, The Last Roundup, Buffame - T and K Baldwin, Winnellie, 2000, ISBN 0-646-40051-7.

Aedeen Cremin (ed.), 1901, Australian Life at Federation: An Illustrated Chronicle, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 2001, ISBN 086840483-7, (includes much material on the Northern Territory).

Articles

David Carment, 'Presenting the Past at Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks', in Public History Review, vol. 8, 2000.

David Carment, 'Political Chronicle: Northern Territory, January-June 2000', in Australian Journal of Politics and History, vol. 46, no. 4, 2000.


 

NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2000

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH From 11.30 AM on Sunday 26 November 2000 the Society's annual Christmas brunch takes places. The venue is the brasserie at the Carlton Hotel on Darwin's Esplanade and the cost is $21.00. This is usually a most enjoyable way to finish the Society's annual program. Please complete and return the form below if you are attending the brunch.

NEW BOOK Members will enjoy the following: John Mulvaney, with Alison Petch and Howard Morphy, From the Frontier: Outback Letters to Baldwin Spencer, Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 2000, ISBN 1-86508-317-8, $35.00. The book is a collection of letters to Sir Baldwin Spencer, the noted anthropologist, from a Territory policeman, Ernest Cowle, and a Territory telegraph official, Paddy Byrne. It makes fascinating reading. CHRISTMAS RECESS As is usual, the Society will be in recess during December and January. The next newsletter appears in February 2001. The Society Council wishes all members and friends a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

RUTH WEBSTER Ruth Webster, a longstanding and dedicated Society member, passed away at her Darwin home on 28 October 2000 after a battle with cancer. She very regularly participated in Society activities and served as a Councillor and Treasurer. A former senior officer in the United States Army Nursing Corps, she came to Darwin in search of hot weather and a vibrant community. She found both and made notable contributions to her adopted city in a wide variety of different spheres. Her many friends in the Historical Society will long remember her.

CHRISTMAS BRUNCH Please return with an appropriate payment ($21 a head with cheques to the Historical Society of the Northern Territory) to the Society's postal address by Monday 20 November 2000. Name/Names and contact telephone number of person/persons attending.

ALISTAIR HEATLEY Dr Alistair Heatley, Reader in Politics at the Northern Territory, died at his home in Darwin on 17 October 2000, also a victim of cancer. The Northern Territory's outstanding political scientist, he published widely on aspects of the Territory's political history and contributed to the Journal of Northern Territory History. He was an outstanding teacher. Like Ruth Webster, he will be greatly missed