Railway

The history of the railway in the NT dates back over a century with a railway linking Adelaide and Darwin first proposed in the 19th century and continuing on through the 20th century. 

Holdings at the Northern Territory Archives Service (NTAS) on the railways are mostly personal records consisting of oral histories, photos and personal papers.

For government records relating to the railway in the NT consult the National Archives of Australia (the Commonwealth was responsible for the administration of the Northern Territory from 1911 to 1978) and the South Australian Archives (South Australia was responsible for the administration of the Northern Territory from 1863 to 1910)

For more information see the NTAS list of holdings or List of Government and Community Records Relating to the Railways in the Northern Territory (30.4 kb) - oral histories are not included in this list. 

Contact the NTAS for more information.

Personal archives

The following is a series listing according to the surname of the person who created or deposited the records with the NT Archives. 

The series listed in this category predominantly comprise personal papers, photographs, and oral history interviews in the format of tapes and transcripts that relate to railways.

ATKINSON, Frank
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 153

BIRT, Gordon R.
NTRS 1518 Photographic copyprints of Darwin, Katherine and Timber Creek 1929-1980

CHIPMAN, T. William (Bill)
NTRS 1419 Photographic copyprints of Darwin and crew of H.M.A.S. "Kangaroo" 1941-1944

COLLINS, Anna
NTRS 234 CP 37-39 Photographic copyprints of various NT scenes c.1935

CRAMMOND, Ellen
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 483

DAVIS, Joe
NTRS 573 Photographs and related papers of Wire Creek/Alice Springs railway construction 1920s

DICKSON, Thomas Anderson
NTRS 1352 Photographs of Vesteys Barracks and servicemen in Darwin during World War 2 c.1942-1945

EDWARDS, Roy
NTRS 234 CP 129-131 Photographic copyprints of Koolpinyah Station n.d.

ELLIS, Frederick Joseph (Mick)
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 453
NTRS 758 Personal photographs of railways at Darwin and Katherine n.d.

EMES, Jeffrey
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 199

FINNISS, Les
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 206

FOELSCHE, Inspector Paul Heinrich Matthias
F 399 Photograph Album of Northern Territory Views 1870-1888

GILBERT, C.
NTRS 1643 Photographic copyprints of Mobile Defence Force 1939

GILES, Arthur
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 53

GOLDER, Hazel
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 218 (1-2)

GRAHAM, Kevin
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 221

GRAHAM, Tasman Alexander
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 56

GRAY, Josie (nee Barnett)
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 57

HARMER, Edna (nee Knowles)
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 234
NTRS 234 CP898-920 Photographic copyprints of Darwin and Amy Johnston c.1920s

KILGOUR, John
F 318 Copies of photographs taken by Paul Foelsche featuring the NT C.1900-1913
F 319 Photographs featuring Darwin, Pine Creek and the Top End Railways c.1900-1913
(research copies NTRS 1516)

KNOWLAN, Colin
NTRS 1651 Personal photographs of Darwin 1941

LEVITT, Major Victor and Millie
NTRS 320 Two photograph albums and one sketch album featuring Darwin during WW2 c.1940-1945
NTRS 1431 Photographic copyprints of Darwin and Adelaide River during World War2 1942-1944

LAWRENCE, Richard P.
NTRS 891 Personal records relating to Transcontinental Railway Survey 1913-1914

MAHOMET, Gool
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 275

McCAFFERY, Reginald Kevin
NTRS 234 CP133 Photographic copyprints of Top End homesteads and the NT railway c. 1935

MEANEY, Jack
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 558

MEYERS, Camelia
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 283

MITCHELL, Justice Samuel James
012 Portion of publication "Land Grant Railway across Central Australia, Adelaide to Port Darwin" Sub Title, "The Northern Territory of South Australia as a field for Enterprise and Capital" n.d.

MOSS, Captain Harry
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 288 (1-2)

PASCOE, Fred
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 472

PURVIS, Mrs Adele Viola
NTRS 1 Personal papers and photographs about Central Australian history 1857-1981

QUE-NOY, Albert
NTRS 1680 Photographic copyprints of Darwin and buffalo hunting c.1947

RHODES, R.G
F 433 Album of photographs of Ross Smith Flight, first plane to cross Australia (piloted by Captain Wrigby), Darwin. Disturbances, Darwin scenes and gifts presented to her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Australia in 1954 1918-1954

RICHARDS, Freda
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 603

SCOTT, Thomas (Con)
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 616
NTRS 1686 Photographic copyprints of Scott and Jeff families, and Darwin 1920s-1930s

SHELDON-COLLINS, Francis Charles
NTRS 1409 Photographs of Darwin and bomb damage 1942-1943

STURROCK, David Chalmers
NTRS 826 Photograph album, diary and records relating to the Transcontinental Railway Survey 1913-1915
NTRS 1653 Photographic copyprints featuring the Transcontinental Railway Survey 1913

SULLIVAN, Jack
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 335

SWEENEY, Gordon
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 337

THOMPSON, Jene
NTRS 261 Personal records, newspaper cuttings "Overlanders Trip to Darwin 1922", Railways, "Top End" 1974-1981, Story "The Little Red Fire Engine" 1984

TURNER, William
NTRS 709 Photographs featuring Army days in Darwin during World War 2 c.1941
NTRS 1644 Photographic copyprints of Darwin and Darwin Field Butchery during WW2 c.1941-1942

UNKNOWN
NTRS 234 CP5 Photographic copyprints of Darwin Railway n.d.

UNKNOWN
NTRS 1425 Photographic copyprints of Darwin, Pine Creek and various Northern Territory locations and identities c.1884+

WEDDELL, Lt Colonel Robert H.
NTRS 35 Personal papers and photographs of R.H. Weddell, Northern Territory Government Resident and Administrator 1927-1969

WEIR, E.C.(Pat)
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 135

WILSON, Charles
NTRS 854 Photographs of Darwin and the Top End c.1920-1930s

WILLIAMS, W.J. (Bill)
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 681
NTRS 1338 Personal papers and photographs of Darwin and Barrow Creek 1940-1945

YOUNG, Mayse
NTRS 226 Oral history interview TS 144
NTRS 1434 Photographic copyprints featuring aviation, Aborigines, Darwin and other Top End locations c.1920+

Archives of government agencies

RAILWAY AND ROADS TRANSPORTATION DIRECTORATE
NTRS 1092 Notes on transportation facilities in Northern Australia 1944

Last updated: 11 October 2017