Media release: Monday, 11 November 2013
Various records of the Wave Hill walk-off, including photographs and an oral history of spokesman Vincent Lingiari, are among the many items held in the collections of the National Archives of Australia and the Northern Territory Archives Service.
Both organisations have now agreed to share premises and a reading room to provide a one-stop-shop for researchers hoping to track down such historical treasures.
This evening the co-located service was officially launched by Matt Conlan MLA, Northern Territory Minister for Arts and Museums. Director-General of the National Archives David Fricker also spoke at the ceremony, welcoming the new arrangements.
'It is a great pleasure for the National Archives to be sharing this building, various services and our director Phyllis Williams, with the Northern Territory Archives Service,' said Mr Fricker. 'Our experience in several states over the past few years has shown that having co-located premises such as this provides easier access for researchers who need to examine original documents.
'While most of our researchers now visit our collection online and we are digitising increasing numbers of records to meet their needs, we also recognise the value of states and territories having access to their own original records close to home. So I am delighted that, after much planning, the new Northern Territory Archives Centre is now a reality.'
Selected extracts from archival records were read by Administrator of the Northern Territory Sally Thomas and by former administrators Tom Pauling and Ted Egan. They included a letter about 'the first European lady resident in the Territory', a request to shoot crocodiles or kangaroos, the memories of a military nurse in the thick of the Darwin bombing, the concerns of a patrol officer about relocation of local Aboriginal tribes, and recollections of Cyclone Tracy by a detective whose house was destroyed around him and his family.