National Archives guide for researchers of the northern territory's past

Media release: Friday, 1 July 2011

The Minister for Freedom of Information Brendan O'Connor today announced the release of a new guide to the historical records of the Northern Territory by the National Archives of Australia.

The Minister and His Honour Mr Tom Pauling AO QC, Administrator of the Northern Territory are in Darwin today to launch Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory.

'This guide captures the key archival records of the Territory. It includes records in both the National Archives and the Northern Territory Archives Service', Mr O'Connor said.

'Author Ted Ling, an historian and archivist, spent many long hours delving into the records and listing them to reveal the unique and rich history of the Territory.'

'The release of this guide highlights the Gillard Government's commitment to making the archives of the Northern Territory more accessible.'

'The guide helps researchers open the door of discovery to a variety of topics of interest to Territorians, including Aboriginal people, customs, immigration and population, law and order, and Territory personalities', Mr Pauling said.

'Surprisingly rich historical offerings are in the guide, including a brief but delightful account of the South Australian efforts to form a viable colony from 1863 to the late 1890s.'

Publication of the guide in 2011 also marks the centenary of the acquisition of the Northern Territory by the Commonwealth Government in 1911.

Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory will be given to Northern Territory organisations and can also be downloaded free of charge at

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