Evolution of Darwin

Select a category below to view a selection of images that show the evolution of Darwin to the present day.

Darwin from the air 
Darwin from the air
Charles WILSON, NTRS 3335, images relating to the Top End, ca1924-1932, item 283

Darwin from the air - Government House and the Esplanade 
Darwin from the air - Government House and the Esplanade
Charles WILSON, NTRS 3335, images relating to the Top End, ca1924-1932, item 285

Aerial view of Darwin Harbour with oil tanks 
Aerial view of Darwin Harbour with oil tanks
Charles WILSON, NTRS 3335, images relating to the Top End, ca1924-1932, item 289

Aerial view of Darwin including Chinatown, looking south (showing Cavenagh St, Smith St,  Mitchell St and the oval on the Esplanade now the cenotaph)  
Aerial view of Darwin including Chinatown, looking south (showing Cavenagh St,
Smith St, Mitchell St and the oval on the Esplanade now the cenotaph)

Patrick MURPHY, NTRS 1685, Copyprints of Darwin including aircraft and the aftermath
of the 1937 cyclone, ca1934-ca1937, item 13

China Town, Darwin (corner of Cavenagh and Bennett Streets) 
China Town, Darwin (corner of Cavenagh and Bennett Streets)
William TURNER, NTRS 709, Photographs relating to army life in Darwin during the Second
World War, ca1941-ca1941, item 6

Darwin from tower (view from the water tower behind the Vic Hotel, looking across  Smith St towards Cavenagh St and Bennett St), c1947 
Darwin from tower (view from the water tower behind the Vic Hotel, looking across
Smith St towards Cavenagh St and Bennett St), c1947

Rev Archibald Wesley GRANT, NTRS 306, Photographs and papers relating to service with
the Australian Inland Mission in the Northern Territory and the publication "Skipper Partridge",
ca1873-1984, n.n.

Darwin from Tower (view from the water tower behind the Vic Hotel, looking west along the present day Smith Street Mall), c1947 
Darwin from Tower (view from the water tower behind the Vic Hotel, looking west along
the present day Smith Street Mall), c1947 

Rev Archibald Wesley GRANT, NTRS 306, Photographs and papers relating to service with
the Australian Inland Mission in the Northern Territory and the publication "Skipper Partridge",
ca1873-1984, n.n.

View in Mitchell Street, Palmerston (three men standing in doorway to VL Solomon and  Co's store, one man standing in foreground next to a cart, the Government Secretary's office is the building to the far right) 
View in Mitchell Street, Palmerston (three men standing in doorway to VL Solomon and
Co's store, one man standing in foreground next to a cart, the Government Secretary's
office is the building to the far right)

Inspector Paul Heinrich Matthias FOELSCHE, NTRS 3420, Photographs relating to
Northern Territory views, ca1870-ca1888, item 29

Mitchell Street, looking north west, Palmerston (now Darwin) 1879  
Mitchell Street, looking north west, Palmerston (now Darwin) 1879 
Inspector Paul Heinrich Matthias FOELSCHE, NTRS 3420, Photographs relating to
Northern Territory views, ca1870-ca1888, item 62

Smith Street (main street) looking towards the Harbour, Darwin, late 1930s 
Smith Street (main street) looking towards the Harbour, Darwin, late 1930s
Betty HUMBLE, NTRS 1168, Photographs of Darwin scenes and activities, ca1935-1939,
item 28

A.H.E. bomb landed in the middle of the intersection and wrecked surrounding buildings, Smith Street 
A.H.E. bomb landed in the middle of the intersection and wrecked surrounding
buildings, Smith Street

Wilfred Eustace COWDEN, NTRS 1403/P1, Photographs of Darwin and Daly
Waters during the Second World War, ca1942-ca1943, item 11

Smith Street, looking north-west down, away from the wharf 
Smith Street, looking north-west down, away from the wharf
C GILBERT, NTRS 1643, Copyprints of Mobile Defence Force and construction work in
Darwin during the Second World War, ca1939-ca1941, item 15

Smith Street 
Smith Street
Rex Garnet CAUDLE, NTRS 284, Masonic programmes, photograph albums and glass
plates of the construction of Vestey's Meatworks, Darwin, 1917-1945, item 160

Cavenagh Street, Darwin, late 1930s (looking towards harbour) 
Cavenagh Street, Darwin, late 1930s (looking towards harbour)
Betty HUMBLE, NTRS 1168, Photographs of Darwin scenes and activities, ca1935-1939,
item 32

Damaged buildings, Kafcaloudes Residential, 1937 cyclone, Darwin (Cavenagh Street, in the vicinity of the Cavenagh Hotel), 1937 
Damaged buildings, Kafcaloudes Residential, 1937 cyclone, Darwin (Cavenagh Street,
in the vicinity of the Cavenagh Hotel), 1937

Patrick MURPHY, NTRS 1685, Copyprints of Darwin including aircraft and the aftermath
of the 1937 cyclone, ca1934-ca1937, item 20

Cavenagh Street, Darwin 
Cavenagh Street, Darwin
C GILBERT, NTRS 1643, Copyprints of Mobile Defence Force and construction work in
Darwin during the Second World War, ca1939-ca1941, item 19

Cavenagh Street, looking south east, Tree of knowledge on left, 1942 
Cavenagh Street, looking south east, Tree of knowledge on left, 1942
J BEVERLEY, NTRS 2012, Photographs of Darwin during and after bombing raids during
the SecondWorld War, 1942-ca1945, item 21

Mindil Beach Darwin post-war (pre-war was planted with coconuts), c1940s, 
Mindil Beach Darwin post-war (pre-war was planted with coconuts), c1940s
Mary AGOSTINI, NTRS 1704, Copyprints of Botanical Gardens, Darwin, ca1940-ca1949,
item 4

Mendil Beach (Mindil Beach), looking towards Bullocky Point and the site of Vestey's Meatworks, 1945 
Mendil Beach (Mindil Beach), looking towards Bullocky Point and the site of Vestey's
Meatworks, 1945

James MITCHELL, NTRS 866, Personal photographs featuring 2nd Flying Boat Maintenance
Unit, Darwin, 1945, item 20

Mendil Beach (Mindil Beach), 1945 
Mendil Beach (Mindil Beach), 1945
James L MITCHELL, NTRS 866, Personal photographs featuring 2nd Flying Boat Maintenance
Unit, Darwin 1945-1945, item 21

Mindil Beach, 1945 
Mindil Beach, 1945
James L MITCHELL, NTRS 866, Personal photographs featuring 2nd Flying Boat Maintenance
Unit, Darwin 1945-1945, item 22

View of the road running through the Botanical Gardens 
View of the road running through the Botanical Gardens
William TURNER, NTRS 709, Photographs relating to army life in Darwin during the Second
World War ca1941-ca1941, item 3

Darwin Botanical Gardens, 1945 
Darwin Botanical Gardens, 1945
James L MITCHELL, NTRS 866, Personal photographs featuring 2nd Flying Boat Maintenance
Unit, Darwin 1945-1945, item 17

Looking from Fort Hill
Looking from Fort Hill
NTRS 234, Photographic proof-sheets, nd, Darwin City Council, CP 548
(please note that this photograph is attributed to Paul Foelsche)

Three pearling luggers moored near Jetty, Darwin NT 
Three pearling luggers moored near Jetty, Darwin NT
Major Norman and Edna Grace GARRARD, NTRS 1204, Personal photographs of Major and
Mrs Garrard, 1938-1942, item 10

Darwin wharf and cattle yards 
Darwin wharf and cattle yards
Elsie SCHULTZ, NTRS 1017, Photographs of various locations throughout the Northern Territory,
1925-1928, item 251

Neptuna and Barossa (both burning) 
Neptuna and Barossa (both burning)
Garner Rex CAUDLE, NTRS 284, Masonic programmes, photograph albums and glass plates
of the construction of Vestey's Meatworks, Darwin, 1917-1945, item 25

Lameroo Baths, Darwin (situated below the Esplanade), c1939-1941 
Lameroo Baths, Darwin (situated below the Esplanade), c1939-1941
C Gilbert, NTRS 1643, Copyprints of Mobile Defence Force and construction work in Darwin
during the Second World War, ca1939-ca1941, item 16

AR Driver at football match, oval near Darwin Hotel, c1946-1951 
AR Driver at football match, oval near Darwin Hotel, c1946-1951
Mardi DRIVER, NTRS 292, Photographs depicting official life of the Administrator Arthur
Robert Driver, 1946-1951, item 25

Swimming Sports Darwin School, 1957 (Kormilda College, Berrimah) 
Swimming Sports Darwin School, 1957 (Kormilda College, Berrimah)
William Clarke LAIDLAW, NTRS 317, Personal photographs of the Northern Territory,
and booklets from school curriculum, Darwin Primary School, ca1957-ca1957, item 3

Government Residence Government House, Darwin, n.d 
Government Residence Government House, Darwin, n.d
John KILGOUR, NTRS 3158, Photographs featuring the Northern Territory (Previously
registered as F318), ca1887-1959, item 14

Darwin after Cyclone Tracy, view of Government Residency, Government Administration  Buildings and Stokes Hill area, 1974 
Darwin after Cyclone Tracy, view of Government Residency, Government Administration
Buildings and Stokes Hill area, 1974

John Armstrong ENGLAND, NTRS 1637, Copyprints of official duties as Administrator,
1976-1983, item 1

Baobab tree at school, Darwin - the old Darwin Primary School in Cavenagh St, on the site  of the Post Office car park, 1957 
Baobab tree at school, Darwin - the old Darwin Primary School in Cavenagh St, on the
site of the Post Office car park, 1957

William Clarke LAIDLAW, NTRS 317, Personal photographs of the Northern Territory, and
booklets from school curriculum, Darwin Primary School, ca1957-ca1957, item 9

Darwin Primary School Office Block - the old Darwin Primary School in Cavenagh St, on  the site of the Post Office car park, 1957 
Darwin Primary School Office Block - the old Darwin Primary School in Cavenagh St,
on the site of the Post Office car park, 1957

William Clarke LAIDLAW, NTRS 317, Personal photographs of the Northern Territory and 
booklets from school curriculum, Darwin Primary School, ca1957-ca1957, item 8

Darwin Primary School, 1957 
Darwin Primary School, 1957
William Clarke LAIDLAW, NTRS 317, Personal photographs of the Northern Territory, and 
booklets from school curriculum, Darwin Primary School, ca1957-ca1957, item 6

Oldest Block at Darwin School, 1957 
Oldest Block at Darwin School, 1957
William Clarke LAIDLAW, NTRS 317, Personal photographs of the Northern Territory, and
booklets from school curriculum, Darwin Primary School, ca1957-ca1957, item 7

Darwin Hospital (Larrakeyah) 
Darwin Hospital (Larrakeyah)
Paula DOS SANTOS, NTRS 1163, Personal photographs, negatives of Darwin and friends,
ca1950-ca1950, item 5

Hotel Victoria, Smith Street, Darwin 
Hotel Victoria, Smith Street, Darwin
William TURNER, NTRS 709, Photographs relating to army life in Darwin during the Second
World War ca1941-ca1941, item 7

The English, Scottish and Australian Bank building, Smith Street 
The English, Scottish and Australian Bank building, Smith Street
Inspector Paul Heinrich Matthias FOELSCHE, NTRS 3420, Photographs relating to Northern
Territory views, c1870-1888, item 4

Commercial Bank - corner of Smith and Bennett streets, now the Paspaley Pearls headquarters 
Commercial Bank - corner of Smith and Bennett streets, now the Paspaley Pearls
headquarters 

Charles WILSON, NTRS 3335, Images relating to the Top End, ca1924-1932, item 15

Bank of NSW, Darwin (Smith Street, with shrapnel damage) 
Bank of NSW, Darwin (Smith Street, with shrapnel damage)
Wilfred Eustace COWDEN, NTRS 1403, Photographs of Darwin and Daly Waters during
the Second World War, ca1942-ca1943, item 12

Corner of Smith and Bennett Streets, Palmerston 1875 - man standing in front of Skelton's Stores  
Corner of Smith and Bennett Streets, Palmerston 1875 - man standing in front of
Skelton's Stores

Inspector Paul Heinrich Matthias FOELSCHE, NTRS 3420, Photographs relating to Northern
Territory views, c1870-1888, item 6

AE Jolly and Co store, corner of Smith and Bennett Streets, Darwin 
AE Jolly and Co store, corner of Smith and Bennett Streets, Darwin
Patrick MURPHY, NTRS 1685 Copyprints of Darwin including aircraft and the aftermath of the
1937 cyclone, ca1934-ca1937, item 16

Cashmans Newsagency, Smith Street 
Cashmans Newsagency, Smith Street
Rex Garnet CAUDLE, NTRS 284, Masonic programmes, photograph albums and glass plates
of the construction of Vestey's Meatworks, Darwin 1917-1945, item 159

Mud Hut, House Number 27 Darwin (also known as Knight's Folly) 
Mud Hut, House Number 27 Darwin (also known as Knight's Folly)
Elsie SCHULTZ, NTRS 1017, Photographs of various locations throughout the Northern
Territory, 1925-1928, item 68

House number 2, Darwin, 2 September 1926  
House number 2, Darwin, 2 September 1926
Elsie SCHULTZ, NTRS 1017, Photographs of various locations throughout the Northern
Territory, 1925-1928, item 195

House number 1, Darwin, 2 September 1926 
House number 1, Darwin, 2 September 1926
Elsie SCHULTZ, NTRS 1017, Photographs of various locations throughout the Northern
Territory, 1925-1928, item 196

House number 15, Darwin, 2 September 1926  
House number 15, Darwin, 2 September 1926
Elsie SCHULTZ, NTRS 1017, Photographs of various locations throughout the Northern
Territory, 1925-1928, item 197

House number 10, Darwin, May 1925  
House number 10, Darwin, May 1925
Elsie SCHULTZ, NTRS 1017, Photographs of various locations throughout the Northern
Territory, 1925-1928, item 203

Last updated: 18 April 2016