Top award for Northern Territory research guide

Media release: Friday, 24 August 2012

A new research guide to Northern Territory records held by the National Archives of Australia has been selected as a joint winner in the prestigious Mander Jones awards.

The 300-page book, which explores the history of the Northern Territory through Commonwealth Government records, jointly won category 3 – for the best finding aid to an archival collection held by an Australian institution or about Australia.

'We are very proud of this publication and it is heartening to have it recognised as a valuable finding aid for both experienced and new researchers,' said David Fricker, Director-General of the National Archives, who accepted the award on behalf of the organisation last night (Thursday 23 August).

'Author Ted Ling has done a remarkable job in highlighting the rich history of the Northern Territory through the Commonwealth Government records held in our collection. This publication has joined the ranks of research guides published by the National Archives to help historians and other researchers delve into our vast collection of 40 million items.

'We have also placed an electronic version of the publication on our website ( so anyone seeking information has it at their fingertips.'

Author Ted Ling worked for the National Archives for 31 years, including three years as director of the Darwin office. Following his retirement in 2006 he completed a PhD on the Northern Territory pastoral industry.

The annual Mander Jones awards were introduced by the Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) in 1996 to recognise excellence in archival publishing. The awards were presented at the beginning of the ASA Annual General Meeting on 23 August.

Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory – Ted Ling

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