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Australia, and most predominantly Northern of Australia, came under attack during World War II in 1942-1943. This forced the nation to come together for the war effort, and the Northern Territory’s World War II collection is a fascinating display of unique objects, documents and records that helps to illustrates what life was like in wartime Australia.

This collection also records The Darwin Commemorative Wall Quilt, which is one of many works of art which adorn the Northern Territory Library in Parliament House, Darwin. It records almost 2000 names of people who spent time in the Northern Territory during the war years and participated in the 50th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin in 1992. It is a wonderful commemoration of the 50th Anniversary honouring the contribution and sacrifices made by participants when they defended northern Australia.

Just as fascinating is the World War II Evacuees List. On December 16, 1941, an official order was issued by the Administrator to evacuate women and children from Darwin. Most of the 1066 women and 900 children went by sea with the first group leaving Darwin on December 19 with the last ship sailing on February 15, just before the bombing of Darwin. Others left by plane, road and train.

The evacuees list contains the names of women, children, hospital cases (men) and men unfit for military services. The list although it is titled "Complete list of evacuees from Darwin", it appears not to list names of every evacuee.

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Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 1510
PreviewIssue DateTitleOther titleAuthor(s)
Boom_Defence_Net.tif.jpg1992Boom Defence net-Armour, Jenny, 1940-
Quilt.jpg.jpg5-Feb-2018Section of the Darwin Commemorative Wall Quilt-Barritt, Michael
Rough_Diary.pdf.jpg1942Rough diary air raids on Port Darwin and intermediate alerts : diary commenced p.m. on February 19th 1942T.J. BurstowBurstow, T. J.
ITEM_OF_INTEREST_On_the_cusp_of_change_WF_Mitchell_Sept_2011.pdf.jpg2012On the cusp of changeW. F. MitchellMitchell, W. F. (Fred)
ITEM_OF_INTEREST_Cpt_Boyns_H_Hocking_WF_Mitchell_Feb_2011.pdf.jpg2012Dentists are not supposed to be killed in warsW. F. (Fred) Mitchell; 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin. Captain Boyns Hedley HockingMitchell, W. F. (Fred)
Media_Release_-_DMM_-_End_to_any_Stories_Hundred_More_Died.pdf.jpg15-Feb-2012Darwin Military Museum media Release : End of stories "hundreds more died" in bombing of Darwin raids 1942--
MP_WW2.tif.jpg1992The Territory at war : selected shipping positions Darwin 19 February 1942 [cartographic material]--
MP30_38_2.tif.jpg1991Northern Territory commemorative WWII sites map [cartographic material]-Northern Territory Tourist Commission
MP30_36_2.tif.jpg26-Feb-1988Northern Territory discovered : Military sites WWII [cartographic material]produced by Mapping and Information DivisionNorthern Territory. Mapping and Information Division
soldiering-on.pdf.jpg1942Soldiering on : the Australian Army at home and overseasprepared by some of the boys.-
HMAS-MkIV-1945.pdf.jpg1945HMAS Mk IV-Allen, L. J.; Forster, P. C.
HMAS-MkIII-1944.pdf.jpg1944H.M.A.S. Mk. IIIHMAS Mk IIIWilson, Maxwell Gordon
HMAS-MkII-1943-1.pdf.jpg1943HMAS Mk II--
HMAS-MkII-1943.pdf.jpg1942H.M.A.S. Mk. IIHMAS Mk II-
HMAS-1942.pdf.jpg1942H.M.A.S.written and prepared by serving personnel of the R.A.N.; HMAS-
fulton.jpg.jpg1992J. G. Fulton-Fulton, J. G.
richardson.jpg.jpg1992Clem Richardson-Richardson, Clem
richards.jpg.jpg1992W. Richards-Richards, W.
monkhouse.jpg.jpg18-Dec-2007W. Monkhouse-Monkhouse, W.
aitken.jpg.jpg18-Dec-2007Keith Aitken and others-Aitken, Keith; Ryan, Mick; Slater, Major
Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 1510