NT Government Residents and Administrators

The range of archives held at the Northern Territory Archives Service (NTAS) relating to each Government Resident and Administrator varies - some are well represented, while others are not represented at all.

A substantial amount of correspondence is held in the series NTRS 790, Inward Correspondence to the Government Resident, 1870 to 1911. This, however, is official rather than personal correspondence.

NTAS holds 'Administrator of the Northern Territory' and 'Government Resident of the Northern Territory' series of archives. 

When these series specifically relate to an Administrator or a Government Resident they have been listed in this guide. 

They have not been listed if they relate to more than one Administrator or Government Resident. For example a series entitled 'Floor plan of ''The Residency'' (Government House)' will not been found in this guide. 

Go to the general list of holdings for these general series.

NTAS also holds a large amount of official documentation relating to Government Residents and Administrators created while exercising their official powers and duties in the administering of Lands, Mining and Works and other government functions. 

These series of archives are not included in this guide and can also be found in the general list of holdings.

Personal archives listed in this guide are mostly papers and photographs donated by the families of past Government Residents and Administrators. 

The guide is by no means comprehensive and will be updated periodically as further material is located within NTAS holdings or deposited with NTAS.

The series of archives listed here may not all be immediately available on open public access. Archives staff will advise you about access.

Archives of Government Residents and Administrators

Boyce Travers FINNISS - Government Resident, 1864-1870

Nil personal records
Dr. J. Stokes MILLNER Acting Government Resident, 1870

GOVERNMENT RESIDENT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 829 - Master microfilm copy of inwards correspondence of the Northern Territory Government Resident (Copy of NTRS 790) - 1870-1911
Nil personal records
William Bloomfield DOUGLAS - Government Resident, 1870-1873

GOVERNMENT RESIDENT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 829 - Master microfilm copy of inwards correspondence of the Northern Territory Government Resident (Copy of NTRS 790) - 1870-1911
NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
NTRS 541 - Photocopies acquired of personal and organisational records - n.d.
[these include a photocopy of Bloomfield Douglas diary kept during his term as Government Resident]
George Byng SCOTT - Government Resident, 1873-1876

GOVERNMENT RESIDENT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 829 - Master microfilm copy of inwards correspondence of the Northern Territory Government Resident (Copy of NTRS 790) - 1870-1911
Nil personal records
Edward William PRICE - Government Resident, 1876-1884

GOVERNMENT RESIDENT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 829 - Master microfilm copy of inwards correspondence of the Northern Territory Government Resident (Copy of NTRS 790) - 1870-1911
Nil personal records
G.R. McMINN - Acting Government Resident, 1883

GOVERNMENT RESIDENT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 829 - Master microfilm copy of inwards correspondence of the Northern Territory Government Resident (Copy of NTRS 790) - 1870-1911
Nil personal records
John Langdon PARSONS - Government Resident, 1884-1890

GOVERNMENT RESIDENT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 829 - Master microfilm copy of inwards correspondence of the Northern Territory Government Resident (Copy of NTRS 790) - 1870-1911
Nil personal records
John George KNIGHT, S.M. - Government Resident, 1890-1892

GOVERNMENT RESIDENT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 829 - Master microfilm copy of inwards correspondence of the Northern Territory Government Resident (Copy of NTRS 790) - 1870-1911
KNIGHT, John George
NTRS 1826 - Personal correspondence - 1889 - 1892
Charles James DASHWOOD, S.M. - Government Resident, 1892-1905

GOVERNMENT RESIDENT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 829 - Master microfilm copy of inwards correspondence of the Northern Territory Government Resident (Copy of NTRS 790) - 1870-1911
Nil personal records
Charles Edward HERBERT - Government Resident, 1905-1910

GOVERNMENT RESIDENT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 829 - Master microfilm copy of inwards correspondence of the Northern Territory Government Resident (Copy of NTRS 790) - 1870-1911
HERBERT FAMILY
NTRS 1357 - Photographs of the Herbert family - 1896-1932
NTRS 1362 - Diaries - 1882-1966
NTRS 1377 - Certificates, declarations, official appointments and papers concerning the death of C. E. Herbert - 1895-1929
NTRS 1378 - Reports and publications - 1869-1970
O'BRIEN, VERN
NTRS 2585 - Manuscript and research papers relating to the Herbert family and Koolpinyah Station - 1882-1999
UNKNOWN
NTRS 1425 - Photograph copyprints of Darwin, Pine Creek and various Northern Territory locations and identities - ca 1884 [these include photographs showing Charles Edward Herbert and his family]
NICHOLAS HOLTZE - Acting Government Resident, 1910

GOVERNMENT RESIDENT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 829 - Master microfilm copy of inwards correspondence of the Northern Territory Government Resident (Copy of NTRS 790) - 1870-1911
Nil personal records
Samuel James MITCHELL - Government Resident - 1910-1912

GOVERNMENT RESIDENT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 829 - Master microfilm copy of inwards correspondence of the Northern Territory Government Resident (Copy of NTRS 790) - 1870-1911
MITCHELL, Samuel James (Justice)
NTRS 324 - Album of appointments and official communications relating to career as last Government Resident and acting Administrator - ca 1884-1925
O 9 - Newspaper cuttings relating to Justice Mitchell 1906-1926
O 10 - Copies of the "Northern Territory Times and Gazette" - 1910
O 11 - Copy of "Commission - Northern Territory", a speech delivered by S.J. Mitchell, M.P. in the House of Assembly - 1901
O 12 - Portion of publication "Land Grant Railway across Central Australia, Adelaide to Port Darwin: The Northern Territory of South Australia as a field for Enterprise and Capital" - n.d.
O 13 - Copy of "Northern Territory Transfer", a speech by S.J. Mitchell, M.P. delivered in the House of Assembly - 1907
O 14 - Copies of photographs of S.J. Mitchell - ca 1910
O 15 - Photographs of Government House, Darwin - ca 1910
O 16 - Copy of book "In Northern Seas", being Alfred Searcy's experiences on the north coast of Australia, as recounted by E. Whittington - 1905
NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
NTRS 234 - Photographic proof-sheets - S. J. Mitchell - CP 379-405
Dr. John Anderson GILRUTH - Administrator, 1912-1919

GILRUTH FAMILY
NTRS 410 - Photograph album of the Gilruth family - ca 1912-1919
GILRUTH, John Anderson (Dr)
NTRS 1423 - Copyprints of Gilruth family photograph album - ca 1912-1919
NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
NTRS 234 - Photographic proof-sheets - J.A. Gilruth - CP 881-886
NTRS 234 - Photographic proof-sheets - Stan Brown - CP 162
Henry Ernest CAREY - Director of the Northern Territory, 1919

Nil personal records
Staniforth SMITH - Acting Administrator, 1920-1921

Nil personal records
Frederic Charles URQUART - Administrator, 1921-1927

Nil personal records
E. Copley PLAYFORD - Acting Administrator, 1926-1927

Nil personal records
Robert Hunter WEDDELL - Government Resident for North Australia, 1927-1930 Administrator, 1930-1937

WEDDELL, Robert Hunter (Lt Colonel)
NTRS 35 - Personal papers and photographs of R. H. Weddell - 1927-1969
NTRS 2392 - Digitised copy of personal papers and photographs of Robert hunter Weddell - 1927-1969
BIRT, Gordon
NTRS 1518 - Photographic copyprints of Darwin, Katherine and Timber Creek - 1929-1980 [these include a photograph of Colonel Weddell as part of a large audience at the Don Picture Theatre, 1930]
John Charles CAWOOD - Government Resident for Central Australia, 1926-1929

CAWOOD, John Charles
NTRS 31 - Photograph of J. C. Cawood - ca 1939-1940
NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
NTRS 234 - Photographic proof sheet - Stan CAWOOD - CP 43-55 [There are several family photographs in this collection featuring J. C. and Mrs Cawood]
Victor G. CARRINGTON - Government Resident for Central Australia, 1929-1931

Nil personal records
J. A. CARRODUS - Acting Administrator, 1934

CARRODUS, J.A. (Joe)
NTRS 6 - Personal papers and photographs of J. A. Carrodus - ca 1934-1956
Charles Lydiard Aubrey ABBOTT - Administrator, 1937-1946

ABBOTT, Charles Lydiard Aubrey
NTRS 3 - Book of press cuttings featuring C. L. A. Abbott - 1925-1952
CASSIDY, John
NTRS 1672 - Copyprints of air raids on ships in Darwin Harbour and Barhurst Island during World War 2 and pearling ships pre-World War 2 - 1937 [these include a photograph of Administrator Abbott inspecting and marking boundaries for proposed control point between Bathurst and Melville Islands]
L. H. A. GILES - Acting Administrator, 1946

Nil personal records (please note that NTAS holds some archives for Alfred Giles who was L.H.A. Giles's father and a pastoralist in the Northern Territory. NTAS also holds some archives for Harold Giles who was L.H.A. Giles's brother)
Arthur Robert DRIVER - Administrator, 1946-1951

DRIVER, Mardi (Mrs)
NTRS 292 - Photographs depicting official life of the Administrator A. R. Driver - 1946-1951
NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
NTRS 234 - Photographic proof-sheets - Hylton Luke collection - CP 236 - photograph of legislative Council, 16 February 1948, A. R. Driver in front row - 1948
NTRS 234 - Arthur Nowland collection - CP 373/11 and CP 374/4 - group photograph including A. R. Driver - ca 1949
D'AMBROSIO, Ted
NTRS 1708 - Photographic copyprints of Zapopan Mine, Seabreeze Hotel and official visitors to Darwin - ca 1965 [these include a group photograph with A. R. Driver]

Frank Joseph Scott WISE - Administrator, 1951-1956

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
NTRS 2586 - Photograph of the Hon. Frank Joseph Scott Wise, Administrator of the Northern Territory - 1951
NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
NTRS 226 - Typed transcripts of oral history interviews - WISE, Frank Joseph Scott - TS 141
NTRS 234 - Photographic proof-sheets - Reg Leydin - CP 11 [photograph of F J S Wise and family]
WISE, Frank Joseph Scott
NTRS 364 - Photocopies of letters and articles relating to time as Administrator - 1951-1956
James Clarence ARCHER, O.B.E. - Administrator, 1956-1961

Nil personal records
Roger Bede NOTT - Administrator, 1961-1964

COLLINS, Joy
NTRS 1235 - Photographs of Darwin personalities - 1969 - 1975 [these include a photograph of Mr Roger Nott and wife Mary]
Roger Levinge DEAN - Administrator, 1964-1970

ENGLAND, John Armstrong
NTRS 1637 - Photographic copyprints of Darwin during term as Administrator - 1976-1983 [these include a group photograph of ex-Administrators showing Roger Dean and wife Ann]
NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
NTRS 226 - Typed transcripts of oral history interviews - DEAN, Roger L. - TS 766
Frederick Charles CHANEY (Sir) - Administrator, 1970-1973

CHANEY, Frederic Charles (Sir)
NTRS 402 - Personal papers of the Northern Territory Administrator - 1970-1973
ENGLAND, John Armstrong
NTRS 1637 - Photographic copyprints of Darwin during term as Administrator - 1976-1983 [these include a group photograph of ex-Administrators including Fred Chaney and wife Mavis]
NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
NTRS 226 - Typed transcripts of oral history interviews - CHANEY, Frederick Charles - TS 432
John Norman NELSON - Administrator, 1973-1975

COLLINS, Joy
NTRS 1235 - Photographs of Darwin personalities - 1969-1975 [these include photographs of Administrator Nelson at first Bowling Tournament of the Northern Territory]
ENGLAND, John Armstrong
NTRS 1637 - Photographic copyprints of Darwin during term as Administrator - 1976-1983 [This collection includes a group photograph of ex-Administrators showing John Norman Nelson]
NELSON, JOHN NORMAN
NTRS 548 - Correspondence, papers and publications relating to political career and Mount Skinner Pastoral Company, and Cyclone Tracy - 1947-1978
NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
NTRS 226 - Typed transcripts of oral history interviews - NELSON, J.N. - TS 632
John Armstrong ENGLAND Administrator, 1976-1981

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 830 - General correspondence files and newspapers (John Armstrong England) - 1976-1983
ENGLAND, John Armstrong
NTRS 1637 - Photographic copyprints of J E England and Darwin 1976-1983 [this collection also includes photographs of earlier administrators]
NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
NTRS 219 - Audio tape recordings of oral history interviews - ENGLAND, John - TP 101 - Recording of farewell speech by Administrator John Armstong England, 1981
Commodore Eric Eugene JOHNSTON, A.M., O.B.E. Administrator 1981-1989

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 1089 - Speeches of Commodore Eric Johnston - 1981-1989
NTRS 1113 - Invitations and visits by Commodore Eric Johnston - 1981-1988
NTRS 1114 - Invitations and visits to townships and Aboriginal communities by Commodore Eric Johnston - 1981-1988
NTRS 1115 - Invitations and visits to cattle stations by Commodore Eric Johnston - 1981-1988
NTRS 1116 - Patronage files of Commodore Eric Johnston - 1981-1988
NTRS 1117 - Articles prepared for the "Administrator's Column" (Commodore Eric Johnston) - 1981-1988
NTRS 1118 - Files relating to official functions at Government House (Commodore Eric Johnston) - 1981-1989
NTRS 1119 - General correspondence and patronage files of Mrs Johnston - 1981-1988
NTRS 1130 - Correspondence of Commodore Eric Johnston - 1981-1989
NTRS 1146 - Correspondence files and memoranda of Commodore Eric Johnston - 1981-1989
NTRS 1743 - Scrapbook (Commodore Eric Johnston) - 1981-1989
NTRS 1745 - List of speeches (Commodore Eric Johnston) - 1981-1989
NTRS 1750 - Appointment diaries (Commodore Eric Johnston) - 1982-1989
The Honourable James Henry MUIRHEAD, Q.C. Administrator, 1989-1992

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 1746 - Invitations and visits (Justice J. H. Muirhead) - 1989-1992
NTRS 1747 - Patronage files (Justice J. H. Muirhead) - 1989-1992
NTRS 1750 - Appointment diaries (Justice J. H. Muirhead) - 1989-1992
NTRS 1751 - Presentation files (Justice J. H. Muirhead) - 1989-1992
NTRS 1752 - Functions files (Justice J.H. Muirhead) - 1989-1992
NTRS 2422 - Scrapbook (Justice J. H. Muirhead) - 1989-1993
ENGLAND, John Armstrong
NTRS 1637 - Photographic copyprints of J E England and Darwin - 1976-1983 [this collection includes photographs of James Muirhead]
NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
NTRS 226 - Typed transcripts of oral history interviews - MUIRHEAD James - TS 565
The Honourable Keith John Austin ASCHE A.C., Q.C. - Administrator, 1993-1996

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 2421 - Scrapbook (Justice Austin Asche) - 1993-1996
Dr. Neil Raymond CONN, A.O. - Administrator, 1997- October 2000

ADMINISTRATOR OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 2421 - Scrapbook (Dr. Neil Raymond Conn) - 1997-2000
John ANICTOMATIS, A.O. Administrator, November 2000 - October 2003

ADMINISTRATOR FO THE NORTHERN TERRITORY
NTRS 2618 - Functions files (John Anictomatis) - 2000-2003
Edward (Ted) Joseph EGAN AO Administrator, 2003 - 2007

NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVES SERVICE
Personal research papers - [check with NTAS staff for details]
Thomas (Tom) Ian PAULING AO QC Administrator, November 2007 -

Nill records

Last updated: 18 April 2016